TIZ challenges ZRP anti-graft unit

HARARE - Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) has raised its reservations on the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)’s Anti-Corruption Unit saying there was need for a multi-sectoral approach to corruption as compared to a single unit approach.

In May, Police commissioner-general Godwin Matanga launched the new special unit which he said was meant to investigate and detect corruption at all levels of society.

He said the unit will be working together with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) and other agencies to curb corruption. Government recently launched Anti-Corruption Courts in partnership with Zacc, the National Prosecuting Authority, the Attorney-General’s Office, the ZRP and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.

TIZ director Mucha Mundopa this week told a workshop on Gendered Corruption here that while the establishment was positively in place, there was need for a broader approach to effectively tackle corruption in the country.

“This is a long overdue move by the government. We, however, can only hope that it goes beyond being a simple structure but a functional one that engages multiple stakeholders in a progressive manner,” Mundopa said.

“The fight against corruption requires a multi-sectoral and integrated approach. The police cannot address corruption alone.”

Mundopa said TIZ has lately been advocating for a national anti-corruption strategy after realising that despite a number of actors mandated to deal with the scourge, there was no proper coordination among them.

This she said has effectively led to a number of corruption cases going undetected as well as not dealt with for those that would have been detected.

“We have noted that although there is a multiplicity of actors mandated to fight corruption such as Zacc, the newly-established ZRP anti-corruption unit, the judiciary and CSOs, there isn’t any coordination framework,” she said.

Mundopa added: “There is also lack of a strategy or guiding framework that enlists key anti-corruption priorities and key actions such that we will continue talking about corruption without zeroing in on what needs to be tackled first and how.”

Where there is a haphazard implementation of efforts to tackle corruption, we are likely not to succeed.

She said there was need for a national anti-corruption strategy which will be accompanied by a framework for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of anti-corruption actions by various State and non-State actors.

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