Fire public officials convicted of graft

EDITOR — The new era government should make sure that convicted public officials who are convicted of corruption or any offense should be relieved of their duties.

The Anti-Corruption Act demands that a person, who is convicted of an offence under the Act shall be disqualified from holding a public office. 

In essence, all public officials convicted of corruption (under the Anti-Corruption Act) should be immediately removed from office and the payroll.

The spirit of this provision is not only to safeguard public resources from being squandered on corruption convicts, but also to act as a deterrent measure for public officials and for them to vacate office and create room for fresh recruitment.

In other cases, some public officials convicted of corruption have returned to their jobs after serving their prison sentence or paying a fine.

This contravenes the Anti-Corruption Act and encourages impunity. Even in scenarios where corruption cases are withdrawn or dismissed against public officials, appropriate disciplinary action should also be taken as a deterrent measure.

This can be made easier through increased information and coordination among the responsible agencies.

It is imperative that all responsible agencies work together to identify and remove convicted officials from the payroll.

With the economy in a slump and government looking for resources to address increasing financial demands, such nugatory expenditures should be minimised.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, given his legal background and the power of his office should make sure such things never happen again.

Mr More.

Comments (1)

CORRUPTION has never been a crime in Zimbabwe and it will never be until people start thinking progerssively

Mukanya - 4 July 2018

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