Anti-graft war intensifies

In an interview with New Ziana, Mangwana said the government was determined to stamp out corruption in the various economic sectors of the country.

“You are going to see an increase in the number of people being arrested of corruption,” he said.

Mangwana said some of the areas the crusade would target include the judiciary, the police, the public service, parastatals and the private sector.

He said the major thrust of the campaign would be to tackle grand corruption while petty cases would be dealt with separately.

Last week the acting general manager of the Grain Marketing Board, Samuel Muvuti, was arrested for allegedly defrauding the parastatal of thousands of dollars.

Muvuti allegedly employed three people to work at his farm while using funds from the parastatal to pay them.

Mangwana warned all top officials that used staff of either parastatals or the public service for private business that they risked arrest.

Corruption had reached alarming levels in Zimbabwe over the years, prompting the government to set up the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2004.

It had become common in Zimbabwe for people to expect to pay a bribe for them to acquire such documents as birth and deaths certificates and drivers’ licences as well such services as places for school and college and for employment. ‘ New Ziana.

September 2006
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