Zacc tells off Charamba

THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), which has come under fire from President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba for raiding various ministries and parastatals in an anti-corruption blitz, says it acted above board and will continue to investigate cases of corruption in public and private entities “without fear or favour or prejudice”.

Wongai Zhangazha

George Charamba
Charamba’s statements were widely seen as an attempt to cow the anti-corruption body.

Zacc last week secured warrants before raiding the offices of several permanent secretaries, parastatals bosses, Harare City Council and housing co-operatives as part of a corruption investigation.

The body is investigating alleged fraud, disregard of tender procedures and allegations that some ministries set up parallel salary and allowance structures.

Among those targeted were permanent secretaries, parastatal chiefs and senior government officials.

Investigators confiscated documents with key evidence to assist in the investigation, but Charamba this week accused them of behaving like “rattlesnakes” and causing chaos in government.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, Zacc deputy chairperson Nanette Silukhuni said the raids were above board.

“Firstly, Zacc acknowledges that search warrants were issued to ministries, parastatals and local authorities. In this case, going and guided by the principles of protocol, the issued warrants were either addressed to the permanent secretaries or CEOs of parastatals or local authorities since they are the heads of concerned departments.

“However, the issuance of these search warrants does not mean the addressee is a perpetrator of the alleged act of corruption,” said Silukhuni.

“The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission is mandated to investigate all cases of alleged corruption in Zimbabwe without fear, favour or prejudice.

“We therefore would like to appeal to all patriotic Zimbabweans to refuse, reject, resists and report corruption.”

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