Zimcodd lobbies government to fight corruption
BY THOMAS CHIDAMBA
The Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd) has embarked on a campaign to pressure citizens to pressure the government to act against corruption.
Zimcodd director Janet Zhou said citizens have the right to demand transparency and accountability in the management of public finances.
“The campaign is articulated on the activation of citizen action by demanding responsibility, based on the contemporary expression“ How far? which does not really question the distance but the progress made in solving some of the fundamental problems of public financial management.
“The government, as the custodian of public resources, has a responsibility to ensure that information on how it collects and spends public financial resources is accessible to every citizen so that they can be held accountable for this duty. .
“The campaign promotes citizens’ right to information through its slogan ‘You deserve to know and I deserve to know’, she said.
Zhou said corruption is draining the country of its financial resources.
The country’s domestic debt now stands at $ 20.9 billion while the external debt stands at $ 10.5 billion.
Recently, President Emmerson Mnangagwa admitted that the country is heavily indebted to China, but most of the debts have been accumulated without the control of Parliament.
“Zimbabweans need to know how far the country has gone in developing plans to deal with the enormous debt distress, but more importantly, what mechanisms exist to prevent the debt from rising continually.
“We have been calling for transparency and accountability for a long time and without it our country continues to bleed crucial financial resources that could be used to meet our social services, boost development and ensure a better future for our children,” said she declared.
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