‘Zacc free to probe MDC’

Source: ‘Zacc free to probe MDC’ – DailyNews Live 19 January 2017

Mugove Tafirenyika

HARARE – The opposition MDC has said the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption
Commission (Zacc) is free to investigate the party’s council officials who
might have engaged in corrupt activities.

Following reports that the country’s corruption-busting body is
investigating cases of irregular deals by the MDC-run Harare City Council,
the party’s spokesperson Obert Gutu told the Daily News yesterday that his
party  welcomes the probe.

“The MDC has a zero tolerance policy towards corruption so we have got
absolutely nothing to hide; no skeletons in our cupboards,” Gutu said,
adding that Zacc needs to be non-partisan.

“We stand for a non-partisan and professional anti-corruption drive. All
corrupt persons, no matter who they are and or what public positions of
authority they may hold, should be made to face the music”.

In the last few years, there have been reports of corruption in various
municipalities which the MDC apparently leads.

Zacc is investigating the manner  in which two companies, Energy Resources
Africa Consortium and Sidal Engineers, won council’s  $13,8 million tender
for the rehabilitation of Firle Sewage Works  despite them being

The MDC has been at the forefront calling for the arrest of Higher
Education minister Jonathan Moyo on allegations of pilfering of public
funds in his ministry.

“The MDC has stated, times without number, that corruption, particularly
in the public sector, is at the root of the political and socio-economic
crisis that is presently bedevilling the nation,” Gutu said in the
aftermath of the allegations.

“For many a time, Zanu PF Cabinet ministers and other highly-placed
bureaucrats in the civil service have brazenly stolen and or abused public
funds and public resources such as farming inputs and machinery.”