TIZ slams special anti-corruption unit

TIZ slams special anti-corruption unit

Leading anti-corruption lobby group Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) has branded President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) an illegality with questionable effectiveness in the fight against graft.

SACU – which is housed in the Office of the President and Cabinet, was established in 2018 to improve efficiency and strengthen effectiveness of the national mechanisms for the prevention and fight against corruption.

Speaking on the sidelines of her organisation’s provincial corruption indaba, TIZ executive director Muchaneta Mundopa said they are yet to understand why exactly the unit was established when prosecuting authority was constitutionally a preserve of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

“That is an illegal entity. It’s illegal, it’s not effective and we are yet to see why it was set up in the first place. The Constitution states that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has the mandate prosecute all cases on behalf of the state,” Mundopa said.

She said the president ought to have ordered a clean-up of the NPA than creating an “illegal entity” if the NPA was being compromised by graft.

“If there is so much corruption in the NPA, why not capacitate and clean up the NPA instead of creating a duplicate illegal structure to fight corruption,” Mundopa said.

The TIZ boss also questioned its effectiveness in light of its officers not able to stand in court to prosecute their cases which they end-up handing over to NPA for prosecution.

“Not only that, how effective has the SACU been? We still have corruption cases that are not prosecuted. An officer from that unit does not go to court but then they pass on the docket to the NPA so what relevance is that unit?” she queried.

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