THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission continues to receive reports of corruption despite going without salaries since August last year.
In an interview, commission chairperson Denford Chirindo said the Salary Service Bureau has terminated salaries for his staff as they wait for the commission to be properly constituted.
“In the meantime we continue to receive reports to be analysed by our staff,” Chirindo said. “However, we forward the cases in need of urgent attention to the Zimbabwe Republic Police.”
The commission has never been adequately funded since its formation raising questions on the sincerity of the government to stamp out graft which has prejudiced the country of millions of dollars. The lack of funding aggravated by delays in properly constituting the organisation have crippled the commission’s operations.
The commission was glaringly absent from Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s allocations when he presented his delayed budget in December last year.
Asked about lack of funding for the commission, Chirindo said it was the prerogative of parliament as enshrined in Section 322 of the constitution and the government through the Ministry of Home Affairs, as enshrined in Section 325 of the constitution, to ensure it was adequately funded.
“Parliament was chosen by the people who are fed up with corruption and they approve the budget allocation of government. You need to ask parliament if they still want the commission or they don’t,” Chirindo said.
He said it was unfair to brand the commission a failure when it never had adequate resources to carry out its mandate to curb graft in the first place.
“From the time we came into office there was a recruitment freeze by government and those recruited were far too inadequate for the task,” Chirindo said.