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New office bearers pledge to work for the good of the country

Story by Bruce Chahwanda

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has sworn in the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr Michael Reza and Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission chairperson, Ms Fungayi Jessie Majome.

The two took their Oath of Office before President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House, Harare this Wednesday, pledging to work tirelessly for the good of the country in their new positions.

In a media interview after the formalities, ZACC chairperson Mr Michael Reza said the focus is on intensifying investigations to get rid of corrupt elements.

“There is a general belief that ZACC is toothless, but I have been in the system and that is not an entirely accurate description of the institution. It is at a certain level and it is my intention that I will take it further. The issues that I’m going to deal with, which was the conversation between ZACC and National Prosecuting Authority on the completeness of dockets and that is going to be my priority area.

“I’m going ensure that no docket leaves ZACC unless it is complete, unless all elements of crime have been attended to then that way, we have the fighting chance of securing a conviction. Once we secure the conviction, it therefore comes with the territory that people will have faith in the organisation and the administration of justice. That is what I’m intending to do, to ensure we have quality dockets that go to the National Prosecuting Authority,” he said.

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission chairperson, Ms Majome said her priority is to make sure that everyone has a role in protecting and upholding human rights.

“My priority is to ensure that everyone remembers that human rights are for each and every one of us. Our constitution gives duty to the state to uphold and fulfill human rights not only for the state but we citizens also have duties to respect fulfil the rights of others. I’m hoping we can build the culture of human rights,” she said.

Fighting corruption is at the top of government’s agenda hence prioritising resources to ZACC.

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