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Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commissioners Fear State Brutality

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission is reported to be failing to get support from the police and courts when executing its duties
They are supposed to fight graft in the country but some Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption commissioners and staff members have gone into hiding fearing for their lives following their failure to search and seize documents from three Zanu PF ministers’ offices and the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC).

The commission last week tried to search the offices of the ministers of Youth and Indigenisation, Mines and Transport and Communications and the ZMDC but was stopped by the High Court.

The move by the commission targeting these high offices is thought to have raffled some feathers within the country’s political elites prompting the alleged crackdown on the anti-corruption commission.

The state-controlled Herald newspaper Tuesday reported that the commissioners were planning to resign en-masse at a meeting in the capital in the afternoon.

Studio 7 could not establish the outcome of the meeting as those reached by phone said they could not talk about the issue. Many people have been questioning the effectiveness of the commission which has no arresting powers.

VOA reached out to the commission’s general manager Sukai Tongogara and chairperson Denford Chirindo for comment. Both refused to comment referring all questions to spokesperson Goodwill Shana who was not reachable.

Independent political analyst Charles Mutasa said the commission’s failure to deliver is related to lack of support from the police and courts.
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