Investigations to focus on Zim private sector

As anger grows over public sector salary scandal, Mugabe moves investigations to private sector.

Zimbabwe's top executives at the state broadcaster and a public service medical insurance firm have been paid salaries of tens of thousands of US dollars per month.

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says corruption investigations must focus on the private sector now as anger grows over a public sector salary scandal.

Top executives at the state broadcaster and a public service medical insurance firm have been paid salaries of tens of thousands of US dollars per month even though the companies themselves have been failing.

Today state controlled Sunday Mail has a front page article explaining to Zimbabweans why top public sector executives who've been taking home huge salaries haven't been arrested yet.

The paper acknowledges that there's growing anger against suspended ZBC boss Happison Muchechetele and the head of the premier service medical aid society Cuthbert Dube.

A top lawyer told the paper that if the pair's employment contract set out their salaries, however large those pay packets were, there's nothing the police can do.

The only possibility is for charges of abuse of duty to be brought against Muchechetele and Dube if it can be proved that they authorised large salaries to their subordinates without the knowledge of their company boards.

President Robert Mugabe's call this weekend for corruption in the private sector to be investigated has fed speculation on social media that there'll be very few more revelations of graft in Zimbabwe's state-run firms.