No sacred cows in fight against corruption – ZACC Comm Makamure

Columbus Mabika Herald Reporter

THERE are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption and any Zimbabwean found dabbling in sleazy dealings will face the full wrath of law despite their station in life or political affiliation, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) has said.

This comes as the corruption busters have in the past few months arrested several high profile figures and forfeited properties of those who benefited.

Some of those who have been ensnared in the corruption dragnet include Members of Parliament, Government ministers, and top executives of parastatals and other State-owned entities.

In an interview with The Herald yesterday, Zacc spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure said the fight against corruption is a key pillar under National Development Strategy 1 and the achievement of Vision 2030, to become an upper-middle class economy.

Considering its centrality to achieving national aspirations, Comm Makumure said there is zero-tolerance to corruption and Zacc will unleash the full might of the law to deal with perpetrators.

“The policy of Government is zero tolerance to any forms of corruption. The National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2020-2024), launched by His Excellency President Mnangagwa on 11 July 2020, is the main strategy in the fight against corruption,” he said.

“On individual cases of corruption, every case will be investigated and punished in accordance with the dictates of our laws. There should be no sacred cows.  Government will have zero tolerance towards corruption and this has already begun. We are not looking at political affiliation in making arrests.”

Comm Makamure said corruption remains one of the major problems Zimbabwe faces as a country, and should therefore be dealt with according to the law.

“Zacc is on track to meet its targets set for this year. In the area of investigations, the Commission’s target is to investigate and complete 75 percent of the cases received. Of the received and investigated cases, 65 percent will be submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority as completed dockets”.

So far a total of 70 dockets have been referred to the NPA and the majority of the cases are high profile.

“The anti-corruption fight has two pillars: investigations for prosecution and asset recovery and prevention of corruption.

“The Commission is attaching equal importance to prevention this year. One of the key interventions to prevent corruption is through systems review and compliance spot checks and the roll out of integrity pledges and establishment of integrity committees in public and private institutions.

“So far 27 public institutions have established integrity committees with Zacc assistance.”

“We expect over 50 public and private institutions to have established functional integrity committees by the end of the year”.

Comm Makamure added that Zacc remains committed to strengthening compliance, enforcing good corporate governance principles, and adherence to existing laws, policies, procedure manuals and regulations, particularly procurement procedures governing the day-to-day operations of entities.

He said with reliance on the Auditor General’s reports and whistle-blowers, Zacc is focusing on high profile cases.

Last year, Zacc received a total of 1,354 reports with criminal abuse of duty cases standing at 697, fraud at 427, theft of trust property stood at 58, theft 34, bribery 25, Violation of Mines and Minerals Act 7 and money laundering and proceeds of crime 13.

Comm Makamure said cases of money laundering and proceeds of crime had since declined thanks to improved collaboration between Zacc and the Reserve Bank Financial Intelligence Unit.

He said 195 dockets have been submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority while the Asset Recovery and Forfeiture Unit recovered assets worth US$7.8 million in 2021.

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