ZACC takes anti corruption campaigns to rural areas

By Archford Chirimudombo

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MARONDERA- As the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) concluded its public awareness
campaigns on the negative side of graft to the generality of people at Mutawatawa Business Centre
in Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe (UMP) district recently, Commissioner Michael Santu highlighted
some of the commission’s achievements in nipping corruption in the bud.
The commission successfully carried out rural anti-corruption campaigns in Masvingo, Midlands,
Matabeleland North, Mashonaland Central ending in Mashonaland East.
The campaign was done to raise awareness among the rural populace, educate them with
knowledge, skills and strategies in mitigating corruption, publicise ZACC activities and its mandate to
all remote areas as well as create uncomfortable zones for corrupt elements in the country.
Commissioner Sandu said apart from investigating cases leading to the recovery of large sums of
money amassed through shady deals, their efforts led to other achievements.
He said: “As ZACC, our mandate is to fight all forms of corruption principally through strategies such
as raising anti-corruption awareness in public and private institutions, conducting compliance and
system review exercises, thoroughly investigating and recovering proceeds from cases of corruption
“We have carried out cutting edge researches on various areas of public interest like corruption in
the mining, financial, health and road infrastructure sectors and currently, we are working on
corruption in the education sector. We carried out compliance and systems reviews in several local
authorities, Government Ministries and parastatals as a way to prevent corruption.
“Several cases of corruption have been investigated, resulting in the arrest of prominent people. We
have recovered property worth millions of United States of American dollars and we have seized
more properties whose cases are underway in court processes. As ZACC, we also developed an anti-
corruption module which shall be used by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to mainstream anti-
corruption in the civil service.”
In 2020, President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS), a
policy document which explains how individuals and institutions can participate in the fight against
corruption.
The NACS has six pillars that include the citizens’ empowerment and awareness, corruption
enforcement, institutions requiring greater accountability, institutions which deliver justice, political
actors and the recovery of proceeds of corruption.
The pillar of corruption enforcement involves the ZACC itself, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP),
Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA), Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and others to work closely
in instituting thorough investigations in corruption cases. This same pillar is tasked to institute
measures that enhance transparency and accountability primarily in State-owned enterprises.

In the political actors pillar, all willing politicians and political parties have been tasked to create a
conducive climate for a spirited fight against corruption without necessarily being partisan.

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