Zacc re-suspends 8 investigators

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) has re-suspended eight of the 19 investigators that were initially suspended in July this year following a raft of allegations.

One of the investigators, who anonymously spoke to the Daily News, said he was immediately served with another suspension letter on the same day he had been reinstated following expiry of his three-month suspension.

This comes after 11 of the investigators were reinstated following disciplinary hearings conducted by the commission.

A close source claimed that some of the allegations against the employees date as far back as 2014 — ranging from corruption, insubordination and divulging the organisation’s secrets.

The 19 investigators were part of 26 others that dragged Zacc to court demanding their benefits which amount to over $1, 5 million.

The investigators who were slapped with new suspension letters are Augustine Mahwana, Francis Chuma, Antony Gonga, Emmanuel Mutunami, Sydney Ushe, George Murwisi, Patrick Madiye and Charles Charuma.

“At its meeting held on September 6, 2016, the Anti-Corruption Commission, acting in terms of Section 14 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act (Chapter 9:22), made a decision that you…be suspended from duty for a period of three months with effect from September 29, 2016 to facilitate disciplinary hearing which is to be held against you on allegations of misconduct…,”one of the letters reads.

The letter — signed by the commission’s chairman, Job Whabira — further barred the employees from leaving the country without permission from the Zacc’s disciplinary authority and to inform the same authority of any change of address.

“You shall not attend your place of work or carry out any duty unless directed to do so by the disciplinary authority. You will be entitled to your salary until the disciplinary hearing is finalised,” the letter continued.

The 11 that have since been reinstated are Isaac Takawira, Adamu Welemu, Ishmael Mukwasi, Mathew Sithole, Charles Sepe, Esnath Katsamba, Rufaro Kunyenda, Soneni Chavizha, Berstern Matope, Victor Masimba and Forbes Mupotsa.

Some of the employees have argued that the suspensions are part of an intimidation and victimisation strategy by Zacc to silence and punish them for demanding their benefits.

The letters were served to the investigators after a memo was issued asking them to state in writing their position pertaining to the court case in which they are demanding their benefits.

An official comment from Zacc could not be obtained yesterday.

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