Four Harare Councillors have been arrested for allegedly being involved in land deals as the Zimbabwe government steps up its fight against corruption in local authorities. Those arrested are reportedly from the Harare City Councils housing committee.
Special anti-corruption unit head, Thabani Mpofu confirmed the arrests this afternoon.
Other officials who have been arrested include, Principal Housing Director Edgar Dzehonye, Housing Director Addmore Nhekairo, Mayor Hebert Gomba and Acting Human Resources Director, Matthew Marara.
This comes as President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently announced that the Zimbabwe Anti-corruption Commission was reconstituted and capacitated to better deliver on its mandate as outlined in the national constitution. In his address on Africa anti-corruption day, the president advised the justice delivery system to accelerate the fight against corruption and bring an end to the “catch and release syndrome.”
“Corruption is one of Africa’s greatest threats with negative and corrosive effects which hamper economic development, progress and stability”, added president Mnangagwa.