Zacc concerned with Money Laundering And Proceeds Of Crime Bill

By ZBC Reporter
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has expressed concern over the decision by legislators to exclude them from the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Bill.
Zacc’s Chairperson, Justice Loice Matanda Moyo, says the exclusion of her organisation in the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Bill will leave them incapacitated from carrying out critical investigations as anti-corruption commissions are major stakeholder on the issue in other jurisdictions.
“We are concerned that some legislators want us to be removed from this bill. This bill must empower us on issues of money laundering and proceeds of crime. They want to incapacitate us yet in other countries, anti-corruption commissions play a critical role,” said Justice Matanda Moyo
The Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Bill recently torched a storm in Parliament as legislators expressed different sentiments regarding the inclusion of Zacc and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
According to a published Hansard, MDC legislator, Tendai Biti argued that the NPA must act through the police and wait for dockets for prosecution.
The Minister Of Justice, Legal And Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi proposed that ZACC and NPA must not be included while the ZRP and ZIMRA should be part of the bill.
However, another legislator, Priscillah Misihairambwi Mushonga, suggested that removal of ZACC will send a wrong signal as it is tantamount to questioning its capacity.