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Zim govt officials slam anti-graft agency ZACC over campaign

10 June 2016, 21:43

Harare – Zimbabwe's anti-graft agency is facing criticism over its recently launched investigation on a number of individuals and companies, the state owned media reported on Friday.

According to the Herald newspaper, a number of senior government officials blasted the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) for publicly announcing that it had initiated an " anti-corruption campaign" at government owned enterprises.

Outraged permanent secretaries in government accused the agency of rushing to the media without having enough evidence to proceed with its investigations.

The secretaries, who owned businesses, further alleged that the agency had not even set foot at their premises, yet was claiming to have substantial evidence.

Thorough investigation 

President Robert Mugabe's secretary, who is also the secretary for media and broadcasting services, George Charamba lambasted the agency for "calling into question" government systems in their efforts of investigating the alleged crimes.

"The anti-corruption (corruption) cannot behave as if there are no systems in government unless they are impugning the government systems. It is very rare that a very good investigation and good headline coincide…," Charamba was quoted saying in another Herald report.  

The development came just two days after the official opposition the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesperson Obert Gutu said that his party welcomed the campaign, adding that they hoped for a thorough investigation. 

Gutu said the scourge of corruption had wreaked havoc in Zimbabwe, resulting in the country losing much needed revenue.

Crucial evidence 

On Sunday, the state-owned Sunday Mail newspaper, revealed that the ZACC established the probe over two weeks ago after the anti-graft agency and police secured crucial evidence following a raid on a number of government offices.

The report further revealed that high profile people were expected to be arrested this week.

Among those who were issued with warrants were top government officials and heads of state-owned companies.

The probe came just more than a week after the MDC called on the government to instigate an investigation into an over $400 million tender that was awarded to a convicted businessman linked to President Mugabe’s wife Grace.

According to The Standard, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) queried how controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo was awarded deals worth $441 million, given his 2004 conviction for fraud. 





- News 24


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