WASHINGTON D.C. —
The Movement for Democratic Change formation of Morgan Tsvangirai has welcomed the recent announcement by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission that it is investigating several companies and individuals suspected of engaging in corrupt activities.
In a statement, the MDC-T said corruption is “permeating through all facets of our lives”.
But the party said it is surprised that the Commission won’t be investigating the disappearance of diamond proceeds of up to $15 billion in Manicaland province.
The state-controlled Sunday Mail newspaper published names of companies and individuals allegedly being investigated that include Wicknell Chivayo’s Intratrek, Phillip Chiyangwa’s Pinnacle Holdings and Paddy Zhanda’s Veracity Private Limited, among several others.
MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said they hope that this time the anti-graft body would “walk the talk” since previous cases of corruption have gone unpunished.
“The announced anti-corruption blitz should not only be genuine, but it should be all-embracing. There should be no sacred cows,” Gutu said..
Studio 7 could not reach Anti-Corruption Commission acting spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Silence Pondo, who was said to be in a meeting.
Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyenyi, who is also under investigation for appointing the local authority’s Town Clerk James Mushore, said a team from the Anti-Corruption Commission visited his office on Monday.
“They, maybe, wanted to investigate the issue of the appointment of the Town Clerk, which since independence is the best form of recruitment for anyone to head a public entity,” Manyenyeni said.
Meanwhile, the acting Minister of Local Government, Professor Jonathan Moyo, has reinstated Manyenyeni, who was suspended by Minister Saviour Kasukuwere for appointing Mushore in what the minister claimed violated some provisions of the Urban Councils Act.
Manyenyeni confirmed to Studio 7 receiving a letter from the acting minister advising him he was free to resume his duties as mayor and councillor.