ZACC calls for speedy persecution of corruption crimes

By John Nhandara

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) says the speedy enactment of legislation that protects whistle blowers will be a game changer in the fight against graft.

ZACC has raised concern over the continued victimisation of witnesses in corruption cases, saying it is deterring most people from coming forward with evidence of graft.

ZACC chairperson, Justice Loice Matanda Moyo, who was speaking soon after the commission’s annual general meeting in Harare this Thursday, said the speedy enactment of a whistle blower protection law would be a game changer in the fight against the vice.

“Cabinet adopted minutes of the bill. Various witnesses were subject to victimisation because of lack of a comprehensive whistle blower protection legislation. Some have been transferred to different station for exposing their superiors. We are calling for the speedy enactment of the law to protect whistle-blowers,” said Justice Matanda Moyo.

Justice Matanda Moyo also bemoaned the dragging of some corruption cases at the courts, citing the complex nature associated with some of the cases as the major reason.

“Some of the cases are complicated while some require investigations. Some were concluded but, they will be completed by way of summons. More than 102 cases have been set down by the NPA this year and are now at various stages of completion.”

The establishment and decentralisation of anti-corruption courts was however cited as a pedestal in speeding up completion of corruption cases.

Last month, acting Prosecutor General, Mr Nelson Mutsonziwa indicated that all corruption cases will be completed within six months from the date of a suspect’s first appearance, although very complex cases can be given up to a year.