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Dont steal COVID-19 donations, ZACC warns health officials

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has warned the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) against stealing COVID 19 donations, adding that they are watching.

In a statement the ZACC chairperson, Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo said her Commission is aware of the donations being made to the Ministry of Health by various stakeholders.

“The Commission is aware that the Ministry of Health and Child Care has received donations of money, medical equipment and medication donated by the individuals, the business community, Non-Governmental Organisations, international organisations and the donor community on behalf of the government of Zimbabwe.

“In the past, there have been incidences of failure by the relevant authorities to account for donations of similar calamities.

“The Commission, therefore, implores the responsible individuals in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, from the accounting officer, those in charge of hospitals, clinics and pharmacies to put in place systems that ensure transparency, accountability and fair distribution of all the said donations,” she said.

The Commission also took the opportunity to warn members of the public against embarking on corrupt and fraudulent activities by taking advantage of the pandemic which has claimed many lives across the globe.

“Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the government of Zimbabwe has imposed measures for the prevention and containment of COVID-19. Such measures support the public health systems, safeguard the economy and ensure public order and safety.

“These include among others, implementation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) measures for the prevention of the spread of COVID -19, the prohibition of hoarding of medical supplies, closure of airports and borders, travel restrictions and a national lockdown.

“The Commission is aware that in such situations, criminals create opportunities to commit crimes and such crimes disrupt the efforts of the government to ensure the health and safety of our nationals,” said Justice Matanda-Moyo.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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