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Headache for Zacc

by Staff reporter
01 Jul 2020 at 19:49hrs | Views
THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is having a massive headache trying to recover billions of dollars stashed outside the country in the form of funds and properties, the Daily News reports.

This comes after the organisation in February this year said it had identified properties worth over US$7 billion, which are proceeds of crime, outside the country.

Zacc spokesperson John Makamure said the process of investigating and recovering the property was not easy.

"Investigations are in progress. We have entered into an agreement with a reputable international organisation to provide us with expertise and technical assistance in the recovery of the properties. Processes to investigate and recover properties outside the country are not an overnight process," Makamure said.

Late last year, the anti-graft agency said it was investigating at least 75 bigwigs who were involved in corrupt activities.

While making that revelation, Zacc chairperson Loice Matanda-Moyo asked for patience, saying rushed investigations would not yield meaningful results.

"All I wish to do is implore the public to be patient because legal investigations and legal processes are intricate.

Hurried investigations usually result in weak evidence being placed before the courts, leading to the discharge of persons who may otherwise be guilty.

"As a commission, Zacc does not believe in rushed investigations aimed at pacifying members of the public in the short term but achieving very littleā€¦ in the long term.

"It is on the basis of this belief that a number of successful prosecutions have been made in the past few months with some accused persons being convicted and others being acquitted," Matanda-Moyo said.

The commission has been pursuing various avenues in the fight against corruption, which has seen the arrest of some individuals and senior government officials.

Recently, Health minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested by Zacc on three counts of criminal abuse of office emanating from Covid-19 procurement deals.

Moyo is the latest bigwig to be arrested, following the arrest of former Tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira last year.
Zacc recently launched an operation aimed at investigating individuals' wealth in line with the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act and seize assets bought through proceeds of crime.

A number of people have since been brought before the courts to explain their wealth, including exiled former commissioner-general of police, Augustine Chihuri.

Zimbabwe National Roads Administration former chief executive Frank Chitukutuku's properties were recently frozen while investigations into his case were being carried out.

An ex-Zimbabwe Revenue Authority official, Kennedy Nyatoti, also recently lost a US$150 000 house and a car after he failed to explain the source of his wealth following a lifestyle audit.

Source - dailynews

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