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Zimbabwe politicians disrupt anti-corruption fight

by Staff reporter
23 May 2024 at 11:19hrs | Views
The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has raised concerns about political interference hindering their investigations and impeding the anti-corruption efforts.

Tapiwa Manyika, Zimra's loss control director, acknowledged the challenges posed by interference from politically connected individuals, particularly those in positions of power.

"We have encountered various difficulties, including interference from politically affiliated individuals, particularly from the elite," Manyika stated during an Inter-Agency breakfast meeting between the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) and other law enforcement bodies held at a local hotel in Harare.

He highlighted that such interference often occurred at the operational level, impacting their efforts in combating corruption.

Manyika also lamented the lack of trust among law enforcement agencies, citing it as a significant obstacle in the fight against graft.

Meanwhile, Zacc has refuted claims of being ineffective.

Thandiwe Mhlobane, a spokesperson for Zacc, emphasized their success in investigations and securing convictions.

"The notion that Zacc operates as a 'catch and release' agency stems from a misunderstanding or limited understanding of the law and the judicial system," Mhlobane clarified.

She clarified that Zacc does not have the authority to release suspects arbitrarily, as bail is a constitutional right afforded to all individuals upon arrest.

Mhlobane emphasized that the perception of suspects being "caught and released" by Zacc is inaccurate and overlooks the legal processes involved in arrest and bail.

Source - newsday