Zanu PF officials in trouble as Zacc digs in

HARARE - Corrupt officials mainly from the governing Zanu PF party are in serious trouble after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) vowed yesterday to leave no stone unturned in its investigations against corrupt elements in parastatals and government.

Apart from being accused of fronting a faction in Zanu PF, Zacc also came under serious criticism from government officials, including President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba, who accused the corruption busters of acting like a “rattle snake” that makes a lot of noise before striking.

Charamba accused Zacc of improperly carrying out its mandate.

However, addressing a press conference yesterday, Zacc deputy chairperson Nanette Silukhuni, said the ongoing raids are legal and they will not stop carrying their constitutional mandate.

“... Zacc acknowledges that search warrants were issued to ministries, parastatals and local authorities.

“In this instance, all protocols and procedures regarding the exercise were done above board with the collaboration of critical stakeholders,” Silukhuni said.

She said even though the issued warrants were addressed to permanent secretaries, chief executive officers of parastatals or local authorities, it did not necessarily mean that they are the perpetrators of the alleged acts of corruption.

Silukhuni said the warrants were simply addressed to them because they are the heads of departments.

She further stated that search warrants are legal documents granted by a magistrate or a judicial officer authorising Zacc officers to enter, search and seize documents where there are reasonable grounds that such documents are critical for investigations.

“In this regard, Zacc’s conduct was within the parameters of the constitutional and legal provisions.”

She added, “... Commission takes note of the issues raised with regard to the legality of its investigators who were undertaking the operation.

“The operation in question was a Commission-sanctioned operation and the lead investigator and his team were officially representing Zacc.”

Comments (5)

batai munhu chete no negotiations vauraya nyika

Masciline Munyengeterwa - 10 June 2016

Hope not only small and meaningless people will not caught and used as mere examples while the big chefs will be left out.

Viona Ngwena - 10 June 2016

Whenever elections are near, we see this type of activity but it fizzles out as soon as voting ends with no prosecution or conviction. I'm very sceptical of anything initiated by ZPF. But I stand corrected.

Sagitarr - 10 June 2016

Pliz start with those to do with mines so that we get a clear picture of how 15bilion was siphoned from the country followed by recovery of the looted funds,which i believe is possible because it was facilitated by our own people.Failure to do that,then the whole anti corruption blitz would be useless.Dont waste time and resources on trivial and insiginificant cases,because recovery of the looted funds from the mining sector can actually turnaround the fortunes of this country in a flash.If you fail to arrest the 15 billion looters then you have no business being in the Anti corruption Unit.NDINI NDADARO!

JANANA BIKALDO - 11 June 2016

This is how Mugabe blind fold you people , this is just a cover up , people like his Secretary George Charamba and Minister David Parirenyatwa were mentioned in the PSMAS and what happened , these are the first cases which the body if it is real at work for the good should have looked into , until you know that Mugabe can use his evil tricks to make you think he is tackling corruption he will use the small cases and small individuals in the new ZPF as a tool to shut them out for his benefit .

Mudhara - 11 June 2016

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