HARARE – Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission (ZACC) investigators are allegedly taking bribes from cartels and sophisticated criminal networks, TSTnews can report.
By Onaishe Paloni
This comes after ZACC chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo and her team have failed to prosecute many high profile corruption cases since assuming office in 2019. ZACC is also being accused of using the catch and release tactic to silence the media and anti-corruption activists.
Reliable sources from ZACC told TSTnews, that the organisation is captured by criminals, cartels and corrupt government officials. The sources said that ZACC investigations remain stagnant because of bribes from cartels and sophisticated criminal networks.
“ZACC investigators are living large driving expensive cars and owning multi-million dollar mansions as they take bribes from criminals and cartels” sources said.
Recently (ZACC) spokesperson John Makamure said the anti-graft body was understaffed and that the current investigators were incapacitated to tackle high level corruption in the country.
According to Makamure; ZACC currently has 770 cases, of which 73 are high profile cases and at least 42 of the cases are still pending in court.
“ZACC officials taking bribes are the peace officers who have the ability to arrest” said our sources
ZACC has arrested several public figures for abuse of office; among those arrested is former Cabinet minister Prisca Mupfumira for fraud involving US$95 million and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife Mary, who is facing charges of money laundering and externalization but both cases have somehow stalled.