HARARE – Corrupt officials mainly from the governing Zanu PF party are in serious trouble after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) vowed yesterday to leave no stone unturned in its investigations against corrupt elements in parastatals and government.
Apart from being accused of fronting a faction in Zanu PF, Zacc also came under serious criticism from government officials, including President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba, who accused the corruption busters of acting like a “rattle snake” that makes a lot of noise before striking.
Charamba accused Zacc of improperly carrying out its mandate.
However, addressing a press conference yesterday, Zacc deputy chairperson Nanette Silukhuni, said the ongoing raids are legal and they will not stop carrying their constitutional mandate.
“… Zacc acknowledges that search warrants were issued to ministries, parastatals and local authorities.
“In this instance, all protocols and procedures regarding the exercise were done above board with the collaboration of critical stakeholders,” Silukhuni said.
She said even though the issued warrants were addressed to permanent secretaries, chief executive officers of parastatals or local authorities, it did not necessarily mean that they are the perpetrators of the alleged acts of corruption.
Silukhuni said the warrants were simply addressed to them because they are the heads of departments.
She further stated that search warrants are legal documents granted by a magistrate or a judicial officer authorising Zacc officers to enter, search and seize documents where there are reasonable grounds that such documents are critical for investigations.
“In this regard, Zacc’s conduct was within the parameters of the constitutional and legal provisions.”
She added, “… Commission takes note of the issues raised with regard to the legality of its investigators who were undertaking the operation.
“The operation in question was a Commission-sanctioned operation and the lead investigator and his team were officially representing Zacc.”