Parliament steps up graft fight

By Mthokozisi Dube

PARLIAMENTARIANS are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that state institutions fight the corruption scourge as they adopt the second republic’s ethos in fighting corruption.

This was revealed by the African Parliamentary Network Against Corruption(APNAC) committee during a two-day stakeholder meeting in Bulawayo.

State institutions are walking the talk in adopting the second republic’s ethos in fighting corruption .speaking during a two-day stakeholders workshop on progress made in the fight against graft.

“Corruption has detrimental effects on our society and as parliament, we are here to see how these state institutions are conforming to the standards of fighting corruption. We are happy to note that they are now in the line with His Excellence’s stance on fighting corruption,” said APNAC chairperson, honourable Temba Mliswa.

Addressing the workshop, Zimbabwe National Road Authority (ZINARA) board Chairperson, Dr George Manyaya says after being in the eye of a storm for poor corporate governance, the organisation has embarked on a transformation journey.

“We have embarked on a transformation journey which has seen
us adopt some recommendations from the auditor general’s report and we are happy to report that we have established an integrity ethics committee in conjunction with ZACC,” said Dr Manyaya.

The National Prosecution Authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police also shared their progress in curbing the scourge.

“As the NPA, we are witnessing a decline in corruption dockets from public figures but we are calling for the promulgation of anti-corruption rules. We are also pushing for the categorisation of corruption crimes as some offenders use their bail to further commit more offences,” said Tariro Rosa Takuva, Chief Public Prosecutor, Bulawayo.

“We have received 570 dockets and made 495 arrests with 220 pending cases so far and we are working closely with the NPA to see to it that we stem the vice. We had a challenge in getting information from some local authorities until we charged those who failed to comply for contempt of court,” said Assistant commissioner Temba Mushoriwa.

The African Parliamentary Network against Corruption has been to Kenya for a knowledge exchange programme in fighting graft.