Corruption will persist: analysts

Analysts are skeptical that a Zanu (PF) government will effectively curb the corruption that has deprived the country of huge sums
 of revenue.

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, according to analysts,
 lacks the muscle to deal with high profile cases of corruption
involving Zanu (PF) heavies.

In March, the ZACC made an attempt to probe unscrupulous
 activities at the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation and the
 National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board.

 ZACC was barred from conducting searches in the offices of the two

 As part of their searches, the ZACC was investigating Minister of Mines Obert Mpofu, Youth Development,
 Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere and
 Transport Minister Nicholas Goche.

The officers were armed with a search warrant from the High Court,
which was later cancelled.

At the time, ZACC spokesperson, Goodwill Shana, said the decision to
approach the High Court for the search warrant was reached after
efforts to get the document from the police and the Magistrates Courts
failed to bear fruit.

ZACC Chairperson, Denford Chirindo, told The
Zimbabwean that his commission was regrouping and would not give up.

The Chairperson of the
African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption, Willias
 Madzimure, said it was highly unlikely that a Zanu (PF) government
 would fight corruption as it involved several of the
party’s bigwigs.

“Corruption is their culture and it is too rampant
 within the party. Most of them have
 benefited from corruption so I do not see them embracing the will to
 fight it. The majority of them are leading flashy lifestyles and they
 wouldn’t want to lose that,” said Madzimure.

He said abuse of political power by Zanu (PF) bigwigs would make
 it difficult for anyone in the party to speak out against corruption.

“It will be very difficult to find people who will stand up against
 corruption because it involves several high profile people,” said Madzimure.

He said the inclusive government had made some strides in fighting
corruption but the efforts were brushed off as soon as it became clear
 the country was heading for elections.

“The moment the issue of
elections gathered momentum, the fight against corruption slowed 
down,” said Madzimure.

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