By Munesu Nyakudya
The Justice Tendai Uchena Commission report was unequivocal in revealing that ZANU PF has been at the centre of the national land scandals by both housing and supporting land barons who have fleeced the state of $3 billion worth of land since 2005.
It went on to call for investigations in 431 suspected cases of corruption in the sale of State land and prosecutions instigated in some cases.
In addition the commission wanted all past and present Government officers connected with managing State land investigated, including lifestyle audits, for possible charges of abuse of office, bribery and general corrupt practices.
The commission was appointed on February 1 2018 and completed its mandate in October of the same year after marathon meetings and investigations. It presented its report to President Mnangagwa in December.
We are now in 2020 and the much touted anti-corruption drive remains a prim suited gentleman with no productive powers.
The ruling government has been many things but it has never been a democratic assemblage of principled leaders.
That it came up with the Uchena idea to investigate land theft was another one of its window dressing moves aimed at lending credence to the whimsical arguments that it’s up to something, slow but sure as the propaganda would go.
From the hindsight of today it’s now apparent that it’s really up to something and that something is a huge nothing.
The government went through all those motions putting up a land commission and today has defaulted to its original settings and will leave the report to gather dust in some office and wait upon any errant land baron that crosses the path of the ruling party, and they will use the information.
One would have expected that President Mnangagwa and his government, beset on all sides by winds of adversity and inhibitive common limitations within his comedic government, would leap at such easy pickings to show directional intent, but no.
The government cannot even identify easy ways through awkward situations such as accusations of having no direction and sense of purpose that they are willing to leave a loaded report fade out.
Millions of dollars have been lost to land barons who are selling state land to people hunting for residential stands and the public sentiment is that the government needs to take a firm position against the practice.
The position has to go beyond the motions of commissions, anti-corruption units and other high-sounding vanities which up to today have not amounted to a single arrest and conviction of the model land baron as captured in the Uchena land report.
All that have been captured are midget middle-man and small time grafters whilst the real sharks are still out there stealing from people whilst name-dropping political names and offices.
This scenario could be said to damage the Mnangagwa government’s credibility but they no longer have any credibility to speak of thus it’s a continuation of the constant failures and implosions which have characterised the misnamed new dispensation.