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Transparency International: Corruption Rife in Zim Land Administration

  • Blessing  Zulu

High demand for land in Zimbabwe has created shocking levels of corruption in the country, a report by the anti-graft watchdog, Transparency International Zimbabwe, has revealed.

Titled, An Analysis of Transparency and Accountability in Land Sector Governance in Zimbabwe, the report attributes the corruption to lack of transparency in land distribution.

The report notes that Zimbabwe’s land administration is problematic, due to the many institutions with mandates that overlap, sometimes complement and often contradict, each other because of “varying policy statements emerging from them.”

The group listed seven institutions that deal with land-related issues, and argued that lack of centrality has bred corruption. The group also notes women have benefitted least, because of male nepotisim. The land land in question include stands to build homes, as well as farms

Transparency International’s researcher and coordinator, Farai Mutondoro, who spoke with Blessing Zulu of VOA’s Studio 7 program, from Australia, said the group’s research included information from state officials, and various public and private groups.