'Implement effective laws to end corruption'

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the country should build an effective institution and penalties to reduce increasing corruption.

Addressing delegates at an anti-bribery and anti-corruption conference in Harare yesterday, Mnangagwa said the government must come up with active penalties for the country to successfully stem corruption.

“Zimbabwe’s corruption perception index is not good, and the country ranks amongst the last 20 in the world hence effective measure need to be taken to reduce the disease that has largely contributed in the downfall of our economy,” he said.

Corruption, which slows down the growth and development of a country as it discourages those that are honestly working and affects the inflow of foreign direct investment into the country, has over the years become one of Zimbabwe’s major hindrances to economic growth.

Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission (Zacc) commissioner Boyona Ndou said government must implement Witness Protection Act which will protect witnesses against corrupt people in the country.

“Witnesses of corruption are highly affected as there is no law which protects them after confessing that they saw so and so committing corruption hence they cannot expose those corrupt people,” he told delegates.

The auditor- general’s report for the year ended December 31, 2014 revealed that 63 percent of government ministries audited did not get clean audits as they received qualified audit opinions.

This comes as Zacc is facing serious viability challenges. In recent years, corruption has dramatically increased with no action being taken against top government officials suspected of engaging in corruption.

“Some of the challenges which are affecting its efficiency in reducing corruption in the country include under funding of the commission by treasury, resource constraints and law visibility as Zacc is still centralised in Harare only.”

“Corruption is not only happening in Harare but corruption is committed country- wide hence there is need to decentralise to all provinces,” Ndou said.

    Comments (1)

    Mugabe is too old to control corruption plus the wife is also corrupt. Zimbabwe is so unfortunate to have this stubborn old leader. Despite failing all the citizens, he does not want to say goodbye. He keeps hiding behind 2013 election mandate. Bastard

    peter Bonzo - 16 September 2016

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