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ZACC to sit in Public Accounts Committee

By Staff Reporter

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) will now sit in the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a move meant to help them identify looters who will be giving oral evidence.

The PAC which is chaired by Harare East legislator Tendai Biti is already sitting with the Auditor General in its portfolio meetings.

Portfolio Committees such as Mines, Agriculture, Energy, Budget and Finance as well as the Public Accounts have exposed a lot of corruption that has been taking place in both the private sector and government but there have not been many efforts in terms of arrests for the looters.

The coming in of ZACC renewed some confidence which saw some members of the public calling on the commission to attend Parliament committee meetings so that they can get evidence first hand to enable their investigations.

Speaking during the policy dialogue meeting between MPs and the media which was organised by SAPST and ZIMCODD, Kambuzuma legislator Willias Madzimure said they have already extended an invitation to ZACC.

“Already we have discussed as PAC that we will extend an invitation to ZAC so that when we have some hearings they can also come because they are public hearings, they come and sit in and we will be fully aware that they are there.

“In Uganda where the President was yesterday, the police actually sit in PAC hearings and they can use the evidence, because the evidence that you give in PAC, you give it under oath so you cannot go back on the statement that you give,” he said.

Madzimure said there was too much corruption taking place in public institutions which should not be ignored.

“I can give an example there was a hearing where we had the Ministry of Agriculture officials and there was US$10 million grant that we got from China and China said we are going to give you a grant of US$10 million but in a form of equipment.

“And the Ministry of Agriculture went to the Ministry of Finance to get its approval and the approval was given, and the equipment came, there were tractors, vehicles and motorbikes, you know what they did the directors just decided to share among themselves, you don’t have a vehicle number, you even have the chase number, they just decided who wants a tractor and who wants what.

“When we had a public hearing the guy who was responsible was there and we asked what happened and he simply said we just decided to share since we are also farmers and have farms,” he said.

Corruption has been the biggest challenge in Zimbabwe and has affected most parastatal and has also chased away potential investors for such companies as Zisco Steel and NRZ among others.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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