By Arthur Tagara
The civil society has urged recently elected office bearers to publicly declare assets as an anti graft measure.
“We request those elected councillors to declare their wealth to the public as a matter of interest and this shows capability of leaders,” Kwekwe Residents and Rate Payers Development Association (KRRA) Secretary General Alex Homela said.
The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA) Director Obert Chinhamo has also said office bearers must be accountable to the public.
“Office bearers must declare assets and liabilities as a way of enhancing accountability and transparency,” Chinhamo said at a recently held civil society meeting.
Chinhamo has also urged President Emerson Mnangagwa and his two Vice Presidents (Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi) to publicly declare their assets and liabilities.
The move ACTSA Director Obert Chinhamo said can, “inspire others, prevent corruption, and facilitate the detection of illicit enrichment and conflict of interest.”
“It is one of the practices of exemplary leadership to inspire others by doing it first. Leaders must be prepared to show others how it is done. President Mnangagwa should lead by example and declare his assets and liabilities,” he said.
Chinhamo argued that Mnangagwa can take a leaf from his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa who has declared assets.
“There is a lot of benefit since it also increases the trust of citizens in individual politicians and civil servants,” he said.
Chinhamo added that it should be part of the law that all individual politicians and senior civil servants declare their assets and liabilities before taking office.
“The law should make it mandatory that all politicians and high profile civil servants declare their assets and liabilities before taking office. This is one of the areas that need reform. We hope and trust that President Mnangagwa will not leave out these declarations in his list of anti-corruption activities,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Homela has said for the city to develop there is need to put aside political differences.
He has called on stakeholder participation for Kwekwe development.
“We appeal to all those with developmental minds to come together and beautify our adorable city of Kwekwe,” Homela said.
The civic leader said he was expecting the new council to behave differently from the previous council which paid a deaf ear to the residents.
“We have paid all sorts of good measures to the city fathers but our voices have not been heard,” he said.
He said hands need to be joined together by Kwekwe residences and carry on the work which was left idle some two years ago.
He went on urging all those in authority to abstain a tendency of hijacking some donated funds from ZINARA and other banks that are meant for building the city.
“We encourage all those in authority to desist from their bad tendencies of hijacking some donated funds from ZINARA and other banks,” he said.
Homela said he is not pleased by the failure of the city council to give its workers’ salaries and bonuses.
He said as an organ they are going to encourage both management and the councillors to work so closely.
He also encouraged those in authority to forego their political differences.
“We were in the election mood but it’s now over, we are saying lets now focus on developing the city at all costs,” he said.