Zacc rues political interference in weeding out graft

THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) says it has been experiencing a myriad of challenges, chief among them political interference, technological backwardness and a negative public perception, which have been preventing it from effectively clamping down on the scourge of graft.

Source: Zacc rues political interference in weeding out graft – NewsDay Zimbabwe December 14, 2016

By Everson Mushava

Zacc chairperson, Job Whabira said in view of the challenges, the commission would in 2017 prioritise development of a national anti-corruption policy, as well as aligning the Anti-Corruption Commission Act to the Constitution.

“We hope to intensify nationwide public education and publicity of corruption cases and evaluation of corporate governance systems as a way of raising awareness and reducing acts of corruption,” he said in a belated statement to mark UN International Anti-Corruption Day,

Whabira said compliance with UN Conventions Against Corruption will be a priority as well as launching, monitoring and the evaluating client satisfaction charter as a way of improving the commission’s international transparency rankings.

December 9 of each year has been set aside as United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day for member States to raise public awareness on corruption and how the public can enhance the fight to eradicate the scourge.

Whabira said this year’s commemorations presented the country with a great opportunity to promote and strengthen a
multi-stakeholder and collective approach in the fight against corruption, as well as devise robust mechanisms of fighting corruption in order to enhance sustainable development.

“The 2016 commemoration is indeed a new opportunity for us to explore strategic opportunities for building partnerships on anti-corruption so that we can remain resolute and focused in order to meaningfully promote sustainable development goals,” he said.

“With the wealth of experience gathered at this event today, I am sure that we will come up with innovative solutions to tap on these opportunities.”

Analysts have accused President Robert Mugabe’s government of lacking political will to curb corruption.

Also, among the stumbling blocks, was the absence of regulatory instruments to guide on staff welfare, conditions of service and conduct, low manning levels for decentralisation to provinces, lack of resources and inadequate training resources.


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    Taw and a 5 years ago

    How does a corrupt regime implement anti corruption policies?
    When a corrupt official is caught how will a corrupt police officer prosecute without accepting a bribe himself??