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Government Officials and Civic Organizations Call for the Adoption of UN Policy to Curb Corruption

  • Tatenda Gumbo

The financial disclosure policy would oblige office bearers to declare their assets, thereby promoting transparency, honesty and accountability

Following up on last week’s observation of International Anti-Corruption Day, Zimbabwean government officials and civic organizations are calling for adoption by the country of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

The policy would oblige public office bearers in Zimbabwe to declare personal assets to promote transparency, honesty and accountability in public finance.

Alois Chaumba, representative in Zimbabwe of the Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa, says corruption has created a massive financial gulf between public officials and citizens. Chaumba noted that at independence in 1980 the predecessor of ZANU-PF adopted a similar code, but this was never translated into action.

Chaumba said the proposal for the declaration of personal assets by public officials, which the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Tsvangirai has backed - as have some members of parliament of ZANU-PF and the rivel MDC formation of Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara - must be put in place to curb corruption.

Chaumba told VOA Studio 7 reporter Tatenda Gumbo that continued illegal enrichment of politicians is hurting ordinary people by diverting scarce resources.

following up on last week’s observation of international anti-corruption day, government officials and civic organizations are calling for adoption by Zimbabwe of the united nations convention against corruption.

The policy would oblige public office bearers in Zimbabwe to declare their assets to promote transparency, honesty and accountability in public finances.

Alois chaumba, representative in Zimbabwe of the anti-corruption trust of southern africa, says corruption has created a massive financial gulf between public officials and citizens. He notes that at independence zanu-pf had a similar code, but this was not translated into action.

Chaumba says the proposal for the declaration of personal assets by public officials, which the movement for democratic change formation of prime minister tsvangirai has backed, must be put in place to curb rampant corruption.

Chaumba tells voa studio seven reporter tatenda gumbo that the continued illegal enrichment of politicians is hurting ordinary people.

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