Lovemore Mataire Senior Reporter
The Government is expeditiously aligning laws with the new Constitution to deal with corruption cases that have reached alarming levels, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.Addressing students of the Joint Command and Staff Course Number 28 at the Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare last week on the Zimbabwe Constitution, VP Mnangagwa said the new Constitution has enough provisions for combating corruption. “Chapter 13 of the Constitution further establishes institutions to combat corruption and crime,” he said.
“Of note is the establishment of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission. It can be conceded that the prevalence of corruption and fraudulent activities in our society is unacceptable and can only derail the efforts that are in place to achieve the goals set out in the Constitution.”
VP Mnangagwa, who is also the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, said it was imperative that all sectors of society work together to bring an end to corruption and to safeguard the economic interests of Zimbabwe.
He said the new Constitution has provisions for the establishment of the National Prosecuting Authority, an independent institution tasked to undertake criminal prosecutions on behalf of the State. “It is common place that criminal behaviour should not be tolerated in any society and thus the need for an independent institution to attend to the prosecution of criminal behaviour,” VP Mnangagwa said.
The enactment of the new Constitution in May 2013 ushered in a number of new obligations on the State.
VP Mnangagwa said the Electoral Amendment Act, the National Prosecuting Authority Act, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Act and the Finance Act had already been signed into law, while the Gender Commission Bill and the Reserve Bank Debt Assumption Bill are at an advanced stage of alignment.
Various other drafts of priority laws such the Local Authorities Bill, Land Commission Bill, the Public Debt Management Bill, the Public Sector Corporate Governance Bill, the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill and the Joint Venture Bill have already been drafted.
VP Mnangagwa said when the new Constitution was signed, all line ministries were expected to immediately identify laws under their respective portfolios for review and also formulate new policies that would lead to the enactment of new laws.