. . . as govt sets up special courts for corruption trials

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s government is in the process of setting up special courts to deal with rampant corruption which has seen bigwigs being implicated in shady activities in recent months.

This comes as the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (Zacc) has stepped up its fight against graft –hauling before the courts high profile politicians and parastatal bosses –although its critics say its clampdown is influenced by political interests.

Officially opening Mvuma Magistrates Court Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who also doubles up as Justice minister, yesterday warned that government will  not be fatigued in its fight against the scourge of corruption.

“I am reliably informed that the stakeholders in the Against Corruption Together (ACT) campaign have drafted a protocol designed to assist them in structuring mechanisms for the establishment of special courts for the management and trial of corruption-related cases which will be commissioned soon. Those special courts must be operational in the first half of 2017,” Mnangagwa said.

“I am aware of the efforts which all actors in the administration of justice in the country are undertaking to fight corruption within the justice sector.

“The efforts were heralded by the launch of the Against Corruption Together campaign early this year.

“In that campaign, the Judicial Service Commission, the National Prosecuting Authority, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Law Society of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services, the Attorney General’s office and my ministry as the mother body for the administration of justice, legal and parliamentary affairs came together and openly declared war against corruption,” added Mnangagwa.

He said government was ready to support initiatives that help it fight corruption.

“Therapy of every illness begins with acceptance of the reality of that illness. It is only with acceptance of the reality of the scourge of corruption and the willingness to openly tackle it that Zimbabwe stands a better chance of winning the battle against it,” Mnangagwa said.

Zacc has launched a blitz against corrupt officials including opening probes against cabinet ministers and high ranking public officials at parastatals and local authorities.

The anti graft body recently torched a storm in the warring Zanu PF when it swooped on Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Godfrey Gandawa — accusing them of being involved in multiple fraudulent activities at the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) — which falls under Moyo’s purview.

Gandawa and Zimdef chief executive Frederick Mandizvidza have since appeared in court while Moyo , who has accused Zacc of being used by Mnangagwa — has stayed his prosecution after he filed a Constitutional challenge questioning the anti-graft body’s powers.

Moyo is said to be a kingpin of the faction of young Turks in Zanu PF going by the moniker Generation 40 (G40) which is rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential ambitions.

Yesterday Mnangagwa said corruption must never be tolerated as it was hindering the country’s development.

“Tese ngative neshungu yekurambidza nekumisa huori (let’s all have the zeal to fight and stop corruption),” Mnangagwa said.

Mvuma Magistrates’ Court was built by the Judicial Service Commission in partnership with the Royal Danish Embassy and is one of the 22 courts that were constructed under the programme across the country.

Comments (3)

all this is futile without first establishing a special court where cde ED,can clear his name of the allegations of murdering innocent souls in the midlands and matebeleland

truth - 24 November 2016

Zimbabwean brand of CORRUPTION is the "STEMITIZED" type which renders all laws against the vice impotent.

Mukanya - 24 November 2016

@Truth u know call them sauls because you have a civil war within Zanu .i have a feeling you are on G40 side, so to you and to your peers Munangangwa is now a foe . we been preaching about how ugly the Gukurahundi massacre was , but zanu-u n particular defended the heinous act with passion-but all was well then,the party was still intact and the zeal to protect Ngwena as one of your own was still there ,but not know ,know u hate him to the core hence the back turning and the finger throwing ,but yet again we no Munangangwa played a crucial role in the Gukurahundi violence but he was was a mere pawn in a chess game.we no who directed the order and so do u .so if u are laying the blame do so with honor start with the head .

murambatsvina - 24 November 2016

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