Give Zacc a chance: MDC

HARARE - Corruption busters, the Zimbabwe Anti – Corruption Commission (Zacc) should be given more powers to investigate various cases of graft involving top government ministers, the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai has said.

In a press statement — MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said Zacc has thus far acted like a paper tiger, failing abysmally to discharge its mandate.

Even though Zacc is established in terms of Section 254 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe — with powers to  investigate and expose cases of corruption in the public and private sectors as well as to combat corruption, theft, misappropriation, abuse of power and other improper conduct in the public and private sectors, it has not yet nailed a single senior politician.

Thus far, Zacc’s only high profile case is the one involving Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo, who is accused of looting the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef).

However, the MDC says Moyo’s case is just a tip of the iceberg.

“Cases of rampant and unmitigated corruption, over the years, have been reported at the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas), the various subsidiary companies of Zesa Holdings, the Parks & Wildlife Management Authority, Zimdef, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Air Zimbabwe, the diamond mining sector etc.

“It is very saddening and indeed, depressing to note that the Zacc has not been given enough latitude and space to thoroughly investigate these reported cases of insipid and debilitating corruption,” Gutu said.

In his defence Moyo has, without mentioning names claimed that some top Zanu PF officials have looted funds from Zinara and paved tarred roads to their farms.

He also at one point claimed that there is a top government official who built a mansion in his rural home using money from diamond loot.

In its latest report on corruption in Zimbabwe, Transparency International revealed that the cash-strapped country is losing at least $1 billion annually because of graft.

“This is a very startling statistic especially considering the fact that Zimbabwe is being run on an annual budget of about $4 billion.

“This, effectively, means that at least one quarter of our budget is lost through the cancer of corruption annually. Corruption militates against socio-economic development and it invariably causes political upheaval and instability.

“On numerous occasions, the MDC ,as a social democratic political party that is anchored on the values of honesty, integrity, accountability and transparency, has called for the arrest and prosecution of all corrupt public and private individuals as long as there has been thorough, unbiased, impartial  and diligent investigation,” said Gutu.

“As a political party, the MDC has resolutely adopted a zero tolerance policy to all forms of corruption. Thus, without fear or favour, the MDC would like to call for the uncompromising enforcement of the country’s anti-corruption laws as well as the arrest and prosecution of all suspects as long as the evidence against them is strong and unassailable,” said Gutu.

Comments (3)

Let be pik pockets go where they belong, stocks.All evidence is pointing to moyo ,a pick pocket.Zacc this one is in the bag, bring in some more.Welldone Zacc.Go for it.

viola gwena - 17 October 2016

Mr Gutu you not serious and the statement you dished is just to be heard that you have said something knowing fully well no one will listen to you!!! ZACC and even the predient himself has accused how many people without action? You made noise over the composition of ZACC on its appointment when politicians like Nguni were appointed and now you expect different results from the same political appointees. They are simply doing their masters bidding & whoever ensured they were appointed is enjoying the benefits in the Zanu PF factional fights. See below examples of cases not dealt with this year alone after announcements of investigations: 1) Zinara cases 2) several parastal raids when they were told off by Charamba 3) ZESA 4) Zimdef 5) Diamonds 6) PSMAS

mrehwa - 17 October 2016

please can you adjust your website so that it can open new tabs when you click a link. We can even sort it for you.

gidza - 19 October 2016

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