Corruption gets worse: ACT

Impunity and lack of commitment by state organisations and anti-corruption bodies have worsened graft in Zimbabwe, a regional watchdog said recently.

The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa recently blasted the lackadaisical approach being taken by the police in investigating corruption and punishing the culprits.

ACT-Southern Africa said the Zimbabwean leadership was also aware of corruption, but lacked political will to confront it.

It made reference to its April 2013 tip-off of corruption acts as reflected in the attached Memorandum to Vice President Joyce Mujuru dated 16 May 2007 and written by Paul Sigauke.

The report involved high level corruption cases and the externalisation of funds that involved the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, government ministers and some businesspeople in the country and some South African companies.

“ACT-Southern Africa referred the matter to the Zimbabwean Anti-Corruption Commission for investigations on 30 April 2013,” said ACT-Southern Africa.

“The Memorandum was forwarded to Denford Chirindo and Ngonidzashe Gumbo, who are the most senior officials at the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission for their action. Apart from acknowledging receipt of our communication, they have not taken any action.”

The matter, which also implicated South Africans, was forwarded to the South African police, who had long since responded.

“The problem in this case is that anti-corruption bodies and the police are not taking corruption seriously,” added ACT-Southern Africa. “Consequently, the purpose of this ‘Call for Action’ is to ask the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission to inform us on whether they have carried out their investigations and the outcome thereof.”

The report urged Zimbabweans to compel ZACC to take action on the matter.

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