Freeman Razemba Crime Reporter
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has received 38 cases of corruption since the appointment Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo as chairperson in May.
Addressing a press conference earlier today, Justice Matanda-Moyo said 10 of the cases are high profile with one of them having since been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for trial.
The case involves the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) finance director Simon Taranhike who was recently arrested on allegations of criminal abuse of office and attempts to conceal corruption.
“I am however concerned that during these investigations ZACC officers met resistance from some individuals in offices of high authority. However, I wish to assure the public that those who had attempted to defeat the course of justice have been dealt with and have subsequently released the documentary evidence needed for investigations.
“Let everyone be warned that ZACC will not hesitate to do all in its power to ensure that every case is investigated diligently without fear or favour. ZACC will in future prefer charges of obstructing the course of justice to anyone interfering with investigations. Be warned,” she said.
She said they had also conducted six system reviews involving five central hospitals and the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC). Justice Matanda-Moyo said the commission also conducted two compliance spot checks on the management of Cyclone Idai resources in Chimanimani and the National Blood Service Zimbabwe. She said they had also received the recent Auditor General of Zimbabwe’s report. The commission has since opened active investigations in respect of all ministries, Government departments, state enterprises and parastatals implicated in the report.
“We have also taken note of the trending list of the alleged corrupt top Government and Zanu-PF officials by the Zanu-PF Youth League. We are summoning the Youth League to bring evidence of corruption against those implicated with a view to prosecuting such corruption,” Justice Matanda-Moyo said.
More to follow…