Political commentators have rebuked self-styled Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s recent sermon circulating on social media, in which he said there is a demarcation between corruption and corruption accompanied by development.
Makandiwa said “corruption is corruption, but the one of chopping down half of the amount, USD5 billion, and using it to construct roads is not at all corruption”.
Responding to Makandiwa’s statement, award winning journalist Hopewell Chino’no described the sermon as “tragic”, insisting USD $5 billion is enough to resuscitate all Zimbabwean hospitals for 100 years.
“It is quite tragic that self-styled prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa would sanitize the looting of public funds in his church sermon.
“More tragic is that his congregation found it necessary to clap their hands. US$5 billion would run ALL of Zimbabwe’s central hospitals for 100 years,” he said.
Self exiled former Minister of Higher Education, Jonathan Moyo, also rebuked Makandiwa’s sermon.
He said, “Apa kwete. Papa don’t be a rolling stone. The 50/50 quota is for gender equality, not for corruption parity!
Despite Makandiwa’s sermon, the new dispensation under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa is totally against corruption.
In 2020, the Zanu Pf first secretary fired Health Minister Obadiah Moyo, who has been charged with corruption over illegally awarding a multi-million-dollar contract for medical equipment.
Moyo faced charges of corruption and criminal abuse of office over his role in a deal with a United Arab Emirates-based company to supply personal protective equipment and COVID-19 test kits.
However, High Court Judge Justice Pisirayi Kwenda squashed all three corruption charges leveled against Moyo.