THE African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (Apnac), Zimbabwe chapter, which seeks to strengthen the commitment and capacity of MPs to fight corruption, will be relaunched next week,
public accounts committee chairperson Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has said. Apnac is a continental network which seeks to build the capacity of parliaments to exercise accou-ntability with particular relation to financial matters, undertaking projects to control corruption and cooperating with organisations in civil society with shared objectives.
“We will relaunch the Apnac Zimbabwe chapter which we hope will go a long way to curb corruption right from the top,” said Misihairabwi-Mushonga.
“Corruption can best be control-led by strengthening systems ofaccountability, transparency andpublic participation in the gove-rnance processes of our countries. It is essential that we develop healthy, balanced relations between the state, civil society and the marketplace and that parliaments be strengthened as effective insti-tutions of accountability in over-seeing the policies and actions of governments.
“We believe it is possible to apply the lessons learned and best practices of past anti-corruption campaigns to fight corruption across Africa,” she said.
Corruption poses a grave danger to the well-being of African people and to the development of their countries. Corruption diverts scarce resources from basic human needs and destroys confidence in the integrity of our institutions, according to Misishairabwi-Mushonga.
Apnac is a network which aims at coordinating, involving and strengthening the capacity of African MPs to fight corruption and promote good governance. The network was formed in 1999 in Kampala, Uganda. It also seeks to advocate inclusion of anti-corruption measures in government priority programmes, to liaise with national and international organisations and institutions in matters of corruption.
The network also seeks to mobilise internal and external resources to promote anti-corruption pro-grammes and to develop links with oversight committees of parliament and parliamentarians across Africa.
The network will be relaunched amid calls for parliamentarians to disclose assets in a bid to encourage transparency among legislators.
Parliament will also investigate sources of funds which prospective candidates donate to communities in the run-up to elections.
“Some sitting parliamentarians have been donating large sums ofmoney, much more than their monthly salaries and one wonders where all this money is coming from,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.
Countries that already have Apnac chapters include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa.