The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) yesterday celebrated its first anniversary since its inception and appointment of members by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The ZACC chairperson Justice Matanda-Moyo, who is also wife to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Sibusiso Moyo, highlighted some of the anti-graft body aims and achievements to date.
Since the establishment of ZACC an estimated US$100 million worth of assets have been recovered, as the anti-graft body targets to recover more than US$300 million by year end through the seizure of unexplained wealth in assets or any other form.
ZACC chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo noted that collaborative efforts with the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) will result in the commission exceeding its target of recovering $300 million in assets by end of the year.
The anti-corruption body was further strengthened through the enactment of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act which gave it powers to seize unexplained wealth.
“To date, the commission has recovered over US$100 million worth of assets. Thanks to the enactment of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act 2019, which empowers the seizing of unexplained wealth. Increased collaboration with enforcement authorities of the unexplained wealth,” highlighted Matanda-Moyo
Some of the top government officials who have been found guilty of corruption, includes the former Minster of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and the former minister of Health and Child Care ,Dr. Obadiah Moyo
“Currently, a former minister and a senior Government official are serving jail terms for criminal abuse of office. Many other cases for senior officials in Government ministries, public entities and the private sector are pending before the courts. Several investigations are underway to bring many culprits to book,” said, Matanda-Moyo.
ZACC has also established work relations with other international partners to facilitate the process of asset recovery outside the Zimbabwean purview.
“Recovery of externalised proceeds of crime has also been given a boost through the establishment of agreements with reputable international partners who specialise in asset tracing and recovery,” said Justice Matanda-Moyo.
“Several investigations are underway to bring many culprits to book. The Commission has set a target of at least 80 dockets to be completed and submitted to the NPA for prosecution by December 31, 2020.”
An Anti-Corruption Commission Lay Bill has so far been submitted to the Attorney General’s Office and will be presented before Parliament.
“The Bill encompasses a comprehensive section on whistle blower protection….The victimisation and intimidation of whistleblowers will soon be a thing of the past with this piece of legislation coupled with other efforts such as the deployment of a whistleblower app that will make it easier for citizens to report cases online and track their progress,” added Matanda-Moyo
President Mnangagwa is on record for urging Zimbabweans to shun corrupt activities.
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News Correspondent-Zimbabwe