1 February 2014

Zimbabwe: Disband Anti-Graft Body - MDC-T

THE opposition MDC-T party has called for the dissolution of the Anti-Corruption Commission and its replacement with an independent body which will investigate graft at State-owned enterprises.

The call comes after revelations that heads of publicly-owned companies had awarded themselves massive salaries and perks even as their companies struggle to stay afloat

Most of the officials implicated in the alleged corrupt activities who include former ZBC CEO Happison Muchechetere, former PSMAS chief executive and ZIFA President Cuthbert Dube as well we Harare Town Clerk, Tendai Mahachi are said to be Zanu PF sympathizers.

"As a party we believe in an independent Anti-Corruption Commission which is divorced from the government," Lilian Timveos the MDC-T shadow Home Affairs Minister told NewZimbabwe.com last week.

"The current Anti-Corruption Commission is not independent. We saw its members last year being threatened and persecuted by the State. If this persists we will go nowhere in the fight against corruption."

Established under new Constitution which was crafted by Zanu PF and the two MDC parties in the last unity government, the ZACC is mandated with investigating and exposing cases of corruption in the public and private sectors.

The commission however does not have powers to prosecute suspects, effectively making it useless, critics argue.

Senator Timveos said failure by Zanu PF over the past 34 years to prosecute sympathizers involved in corruption is a clear sign that the party promotes graft.

"MDC has proved to the nation that it does not condone corruption by expelling councillors during the tenure of the inclusive government who were however taken and accommodated by Zanu PF Minister of local government Ignatius Chombo,"she said.

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