Cabinet approves whistle blower protection law

By Peter Chivhima

The Second Republic’s anti-corruption crusade is gaining traction, with Cabinet having approved the much-awaited whistle blower protection legislation.

Meanwhile, stakeholders have described the approval of the legislation as a milestone achievement in the fight against corruption.

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) Chairperson Justice Loice Matanda Moyo said after a closed-door anti-corruption steering committee meeting in Harare this Thursday, that she is happy with the strides made by government so far.

“We are happy to announce that the whistle blower protection legislation has been approved by Cabinet and this will go a long way in the fight against the scourge. So far, 102 cases have been for prosecution since the beginning of the year. I am happy with the strides and the movement so far,” she noted.

Stakeholders who attended the meeting including Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga and Acting Prosecutor-General Mr Nelson Mutsonziwa pledged their organisations’ commitment to ending corruption.

“Yes, we are going to train our officers especially in areas of technology so that we expedite the processes which help in the fight against corruption,” Commissioner-General Matanga said.

Acting National Prosecutor-General Nelson Mutsonziwa said: “As NPA, our duty is to deal with the prosecution of offenders and so far, we don’t have any shortage of manpower.”

ZACC has a five-year strategic plan meant to end and combat all forms of corruption in Zimbabwe by the year 2025.