The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, according to analysts,Ã¢â‚¬Â¨ lacks the muscle to deal with high profile cases of corruptionÃ¢â‚¬Â¨involving Zanu (PF) heavies.
In March, the ZACC made an attempt to probe unscrupulousÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ activities at the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation and theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Ã¢â‚¬Â¨ ZACC was barred from conducting searches in the offices of the twoÃ¢â‚¬Â¨parastatals.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Ã¢â‚¬Â¨ As part of their searches, the ZACC was investigating Minister of Mines Obert Mpofu, Youth Development,Ã¢â‚¬Â¨ Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere andÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Transport Minister Nicholas Goche.
The officers were armed with a search warrant from the High Court,Ã¢â‚¬Â¨which was later cancelled.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Ã¢â‚¬Â¨At the time, ZACC spokesperson, Goodwill Shana, said the decision toÃ¢â‚¬Â¨approach the High Court for the search warrant was reached afterÃ¢â‚¬Â¨efforts to get the document from the police and the Magistrates CourtsÃ¢â‚¬Â¨failed to bear fruit.
ZACC Chairperson, Denford Chirindo, told TheÃ¢â‚¬Â¨Zimbabwean that his commission was regrouping and would not give up.
The Chairperson of theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption, WilliasÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Madzimure, said it was highly unlikely that a Zanu (PF) governmentÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ would fight corruption as it involved several of theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨party’s bigwigs.
“Corruption is their culture and it is too rampantÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ within the party. Most of them haveÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ benefited from corruption so I do not see them embracing the will toÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ fight it. The majority of them are leading flashy lifestyles and theyÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ wouldn’t want to lose that,” said Madzimure.
He said abuse of political power by Zanu (PF) bigwigs would makeÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ it difficult for anyone in the party to speak out against corruption.
“It will be very difficult to find people who will stand up againstÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ corruption because it involves several high profile people,” said Madzimure.
He said the inclusive government had made some strides in fightingÃ¢â‚¬Â¨corruption but the efforts were brushed off as soon as it became clearÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ the country was heading for elections.
“The moment the issue ofÃ¢â‚¬Â¨elections gathered momentum, the fight against corruption slowed Ã¢â‚¬Â¨down,” said Madzimure.Post published in: News