Zim Anti-Corruption Commission Wants Power To Make 'Arrests'

Zim Anti-Corruption Commission Wants Power To Make 'Arrests'
Published: 2016 September 07 06:26:56 (2245 Views)
 

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) says it wants prosecutorial powers as part of efforts to effectively fight corruption in the country.

ZACC spokesperson Phyllis Chikundura said there was need to strengthen the law and enhance their arresting powers so that they effectively discharge their role of fighting the corruption scourge. Chikundura said this while responding to concerns raised by several stakeholders on ZACC operations during a workshop organised by Transparency International Zimbabwe last week.

"Our mandate is to investigate and take people to court. We want independent arresting powers because at the moment, our arrest is done in conjunction with the police. We also want prosecutorial powers. We are advocating for special courts to enable us to do our own prosecution," said Ms Chikundura.

Chikundura also said they had encountered interference from some "high offices" during investigation of cases but did not name the offices concerned.

She bemoaned lack of funding saying that had hampered efforts by ZACC to fight corruption.

"A small office can accommodate five to six officers. We are centralised in Harare. We have a staff complement of about 50 people that has to cover the whole of Zimbabwe. Sometimes we fail to travel to other areas like Mutare because we do not have enough vehicles," said Ms Chikundura.

"We have failed to carry out a baseline survey to find out solutions to curb corruption. All this is because we are under-resourced," she said.

Delegates had castigated ZACC saying it had not asserted its authority by effectively investigating corruption particularly high-profile cases.

- Herald
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