October 4, 2019

Graft fight needs more muscle: Zacc

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Leroy Dzenga

THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) says some structural weaknesses in the judiciary are hampering the anti-graft fight.

There has been an outcry over the slow pace at which corruption cases are handled in Zimbabwe.

Zacc Chairperson, Justice Matanda-Moyo, told ZTN news that there is need to re-examine how the judiciary is structured, to give it more muscle.

“Our judiciary needs to be looked into. Some of our systems are not user friendly. We have anti-corruption courts but only at the magistrates’ level. Once we start going to the superior courts, corruption matters are not handled with priority. We need that to change for cases to be handled faster,” said Justice Matanda-Moyo.

To expedite the wheels of justice, Zacc is collaborating with other institutions whose work is related to fighting graft, such as the ZRP, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s Financial Intelligence Unit, the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimra, Prosecutor General’s Office, University of Zimbabwe and Ezekiel Guti University.

Zacc believes the partnership will help reduce the time it takes to close cases.

“We expect that the synergies will help us become more efficient in fighting corruption as they are bringing expertise we might not have,” Justice Matanda-Moyo said.

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