Zacc prioritises asset recovery
THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is prioritising investigation of cases and recovering corruptly acquired assets in its quest to curb rampant graft both in the public and private sectors, chairperson Loice Matanda-Moyo has said.
In her opening remarks at a training workshop for Zacc officials being conducted by Ugandan Anti-Corruption Court judge Lawrence Gidudu in Harare yesterday, Matanda-Moyo described the fight against corruption as “a daunting task that no single stakeholder can easily claim victory over alone”.
“This workshop will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the current international legal frameworks of combating corruption, investigations and asset recovery, among others.
“The commission’s strategic plan for 2019-2024 has allocated 60 percent of its resources to investigation and asset recovery,” Matanda-Moyo said.
The Zacc chairperson said the training the officials are undergoing is not only meant to impart knowledge to the participants but also to foster and strengthen a culture and spirit of collaboration among anti-corruption stakeholders.
“On my assumption of office, I noted that Zacc lacked an investigation crack team that is sophisticated and technically sound enough to conduct thorough investigations, asset tracking and asset recovery, thus building a strong asset recovery component in the fight against corruption … I am delighted that my concerns will be addressed by this training,” she said.
The workshop will cover topics such as the international legal framework on combating corruption, the nature of corruption and its manifestations, analysis of municipal laws drawing lessons from Uganda, corruption as a transnational crime, prevention, detection and response.
They will also cover aspects to do with the appreciation of digital evidence in cyber retrieval and identification of cybercrime, asset recovery tracing, identification, preservation as well as confiscation of proceeds of crime.
Gidudu, who is facilitating the week-long training workshop, has been the head of Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Court for five years.
The workshop is being attended by lawyers, magistrates, prosecutors, anti-corruption investigators and police officers, among other stakeholders.
The training comes as the country is grappling with the scourge of corruption which many view as the cancer that is stiffling Zimbabwe’s economic growth.
While a number of high profile people, including former Tourism and Hospitality minister Priscah Mupfumira, have been dragged before the courts to answer to corruption allegations, Zacc has faced criticism from various stakeholders for not doing enough.