Harare, Chitungwiza councils top corruption list

By Peter Chivhima

The opposition-led Harare City Council and Chitungwiza Municipality have topped the National Prosecuting Authority corruption index.

In his keynote address during the signing ceremony of memorandum of understanding between the National Prosecuting Authority and Transparency International Zimbabwe in Harare this Friday, Acting Prosecutor General Mr Nelson Mutsonziwa revealed that they are dealing with 19 cases of corruption involving officials from the Harare City council and Chitungwiza municipality.

“As reported recently on the corruption index, a lot of work has been done and is being done and the results will speak for themselves soon. As reported recently, we have financial crime cases involving huge amounts of money being prosecuted at Harare magistrate court where we have 8 and in Bulawayo we have 3. We have about 19 non-financial with profile cases. 12 involve the City of Harare council employees, 7 cases involve Chitungwiza council employees,” he said.

Former Harare Mayor, Herbert Gomba and former Town Clerk Hosia Chisango and the City’s previous Director of Housing Addmore Nhekairo are some of the officials fingered in corruption with their cases before the courts.

Mr Mutsonziwa also cleared the air on allegations of delays at the courts saying his organisation is on top of the situation.

“Recently, the National Anti-Corruption Committee (ZACC) chairperson reported that all stakeholders in the criminal justice system had agreed that non-complex corruption cases trials be completed within six months from date of initial appearance and 12 months for complex cases that we confirm. It is a serious policy statement that in my view should be complemented by legislation so that the speed of processing of criminal matters is not left to magnanimity or persuasion.”

Transparency International Zimbabwe board member, Ms Isheanesu Chirisa said all hands should be on the deck in the fight against corruption, while pledging her organisation’s support in the battle against graft.

“We have chosen the National Prosecuting Authority because it’s one of the organisation which is involved in the fight against corruption. We are here today to formalise the relationship which exists between us. The NPA is crucial in the fight against the scourge. We also support the establishment of courts in the fight against corruption. We pledge to work together with NPA in fighting corruption. We will continue rendering support in fighting corruption. We need more brother and sisters in the fight,” noted Ms Chirisa.

The Auditor General’s office and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission received a pat on the back for leading the anti-corruption crusade.