No sympathy for corruption culprits

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ONE area where national unanimity is undoubtedly a given, is the need to rid the country of corruption and all it entails. 

The scourge has had devastating effects on our country. 

It is for this reason the country is waiting with bated breath to see what the new-look Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) can do towards achieving its objective.

However, judging by the way the Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo-led ZACC has hit the ground running, there is need for optimism.   

In an exclusive interview with The Patriot, the High Court Judge was convincing in her assertion that the anti-corruption body means business.

One of the main defects of the outgoing ZACC was its seeming inability to bring suspected cases of corruption to a logical conclusion.

The public had lost trust and hope.

What was most depressing is what appeared to be a catch-and-release game where what appeared to be juicy high profile cases just fizzled out.

And it looks like the main reason for that was due to arresting suspects before thorough investigations to warrant conviction were done.

What is gratifying with this new-look ZACC is that it is chaired by a reputable High Court Judge.

This means the chair has the ability to determine what is likely to convince the courts where a conviction is warranted. 

We should be looking forward to seeing cases brought to court after conclusive investigations.

Thus, we should expect to see less of this catch-and-release game once a corruption case is brought before the courts.

A 99 percent conviction rate will restore confidence in this anti-corruption body.

We are also pleased to note that our new-look ZACC means it when they say ‘no one is above the law’.

If the arrest of former Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Prisca Mupfumira is anything to go by, then we suppose we ain’t seen nothing yet.

For the ZACC chief said five more Cabinet Ministers are under investigation.

But wait a minute! 

There is no need for some to rub their hands with glee yet as the net is being spread far and wide.

According to Matanda-Moyo, the Commission is already in the middle of investigating parastatals, sporting associations for Rugby, Cricket and Football including NGOs.

Churches and opposition politicians are no exceptions either.

There are no sacred cows.

At least this is the assurance we got right from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

How can we not believe when we are told this very ZACC has already placed three of its members under investigation for corruption.

Specialists in cyber-related offences are also targeting those who have been siphoning money out of our country.

The credibility of the Commission will be enhanced if such ‘sophisticated’ crooks are not only exposed, but also locked behind bars after conviction.

We are sure the Commission is going to ensure there will be safety guarantees for the so-called genuine whistle blowers whose suspects will be convicted.

This, plus adequate funding from the Government, will go a long way in assisting ZACC in this popular war against corruption.

Let no stone remain unturned and as culprits are convicted, they should expect no sympathy as they gnash their teeth.

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