Call for laws to protect whistle blowers

By John Nhandara

THE enactment of legislation that protects whistle-blowers took centre stage during a stakeholder dialogue to mark Africa Anti-Corruption Day in Harare this Monday.

Anti-corruption stakeholders met in Harare this Monday to deliberate on strides made in the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, as part of observing Africa Anti-Corruption Day.

One of the topics brought to the fore was the huge gap in legislation that protects whistle blowers.

“Some of the issues discussed were the Whistle-Blower Protection and Witness Protection Act. We have noted with concern delays in the drafting and enactment of that piece of legislation so we are calling for the speeding up of the enactment of this law. It is also taking too long to be finalised so we need to speed up prosecution,” said ZACC Spokesperson, Commissioner John Makamure.

There was consensus on the need to forge international partnerships with other jurisdictions to facilitate joint investigative schemes for corruption cases.

“We need, as a country to partner with other countries for example on joint investigative schemes to curb illicit financial flows and also on asset recovery.  We have discussed provisions of the African Union Convention Against Corruption where we touched on issues to do with asset recovery.

“Corruption fight must not end with prosecution but also recovering assets which are not in the jurisdiction of this country. This then calls for the government to have bilateral engagements and relations with other countries to ensure those assets are recovered,” said Transparency International Zimbabwe Executive Director, Mr Tafadzwa Chikumbu.

Zimbabwe is a state party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and a member of various regional convention protocols on corruption.

Implementation of the county’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2020 to 2024 is also on course.