More bite, less bark

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JUSTICE minister Ziyambi Ziyambi recently came out guns blazing, accusing the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) of halfheartedly carrying out investigations, resulting in the “catch and release” of suspects. This followed accusations by Zacc that the “catch and release” of suspects was a result of ineptitude at the courts. Accusations and counter-accusations between the executive and the commission should never stand in the way of fighting the scourge of corruption. The executive and the commission should close ranks and devise copper-bottomed ways to deal with graft. The resolve to ensure that the corrupt should rot in jail must be pursued with unparalleled stamina. Zimbabweans are encouraged and enthralled by the government’s stance against corruption, but they are also concerned at the helter-skelter pace investigations into the looting spree of State resources are taking. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has, on several occasions, exhibited his anger and frustration on how corruption cases are being investigated and later prosecuted. He lamented the culture of impunity. The culture of impunity in this country has given rise to the corruption cancer the nation is witnessing today. It is high time the country acts decisively to discard this culture, which is threatening social and economic development of the country. Over the years, corrupt individuals, both in government and the private sector, have got off scot-free despite having been involved in heinous acts of graft. The country cannot continue to watch while a few individuals are stripping it naked of its resources because of their greed. The fight against corruption needs to be intensified and it is every Zimbabwean’s challenge to stop the rot. The government should invest heavily in the anti-corruption fight. It needs to fully capacitate the anti-corruption commission, the police and all security agencies to fight the scourge threatening the future of this nation. Focus should not only be on corruption in the public sector. It should also be on the private sector. It is common cause that corruption starts in the private sector before spilling into the public. The old adage that it takes two to tango is manifesting itself in this country through the ugly face of corruption. Authorities should forthwith desist from issuing hollow threats to culprits. What the country needs as a matter of urgency now is more bite and less bark!

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