By Tatenda Mujeyi
HARARE – Implementation of the Anti Corruption Strategy has been argued a key tool in curbing corruption as it avails a platform from which strategies to curb corruption can springboard from at a Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) stakeholders meeting on the Anti Corruption Strategy hosted by Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) in Harare last week.
The National Anti Corruption Strategy was initiated in 2020 by the government through the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission under 6 thematic areas and will be implemented until 2024.
“The Anti Corruption Strategy is a 4 year Strategic plan that was launched in 2020 and will be operational until 2024. The plan has 6 committee’s that seek to aggregate the potential of curbing corruption through technological, legal, religious adoptions among other thematic areas.” Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission Commissioner, Ndakaripa Hungwe said.
The Anti Corruption Strategy was also viewed as key to the availing of access to information which is key to curbing corruption through a more knowledgeable citizenry.
“The strategy needs to be linked to access of information as the failure of which has been a major contributor to the rampant corruption activities. We believe that where the citizens are informed corruption is bound to be reduced as they can question the corrupt authorities.” Mr Allen Choruma, Chief Director, Corporate Gorvenance, Office of the President and Cabinet.
There was reiteration of the commitment by the sub steering committee’s to cascade the issues related to corruption to all corners of Zimbabwe.
“We have committed to assist in the reaching out to 200 000 people per province as our first phase of engagement. We have further committed to doubling this figure in our second phase of the outreach.” Bishop Chikumi, A member of the ZACC Religious Sub Committee said.
The strategy was argued to have availed technical legal support for the ministry through creating a platform from which interaction between government and stakeholders has availed policy solutions.
“As Lawyers Society of Zimbabwe and being part of the Legal subcommittee we have assisted in commitment to assist in coming up with the legislative and policy documentation in support of whistle blower protection and victim support. We have already sent a framework to the Ministry and we are happy the Ministry is developing bills to the effects we made our submission to.” Lawyers Society of Zimbabwe representative, Mr Jamela also said.
Women also called for their inclusion and consideration in policy and anti corruption initiatives as they were being secluded in most processes potentially warranting eradication of corruption.
“Women are constantly not included in leadership processes governing most organisations that determine the eradication of corruption and this needs to be addressed. As women we are an important part of society and the need for women to be involved remains undermined.” Muchanyara Mukamuri, the National General Secretary for Young Women Christian Association said.
Corruption is a major social and economic threat to Zimbabwe as it has deprived the nation of billions in revenues annually and has left the poor vulnerable owing to poor service and established a parallel Market that has rendered access expensive.
By Tatenda Mujeyi