ZRP Anti-Corruption Unit commissioned
11 May 2018
THE decision to come up with a specialised Anti-Corruption Unit in the Zimbabwe Republic Police was arrived at after realising the enormous gap between the number of cases brought before the courts and those that were convicted, a cabinet minister has said.
Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Obert Mpofu said this at the commissioning of the ZRP Anti-corruption Unit offices at Morris Depot yesterday.
“As we commission the Zimbabwe Republic Police Anti-Corruption Unit offices, we remain alive to the echoing cries from concerned citizens of our nation,” said Minister Mpofu.
“Theirs is a genuine call for us to rid society of the monster called corruption.
“From the boardrooms of big corporates, to the corridors of public offices; from the mine shafts in the belly of our rich motherland to the very forests and jungles of our national parks and conservancies; even from the classrooms and university lecture theatres, to our banking halls; corruption has over the years reared its ugly head and spread its dangerous tentacles like an octopus.
“Regrettably, the country continues to lose a lot of revenue through unscrupulous dealings, thereby adversely impacting on the wellbeing of the economy.
“I am however happy that in his inaugural State of the Nation Address in December 2017, His Excellency, President ED Mnangagwa, emphatically made it clear that corruption has to be given no breathing space in this country.
“Consequently, government has embarked on a cocktail of measures that include the launching of specialized anti-corruption courts and the forfeiture of assets acquired through corrupt means upon conviction of the criminals.
“All these efforts by government aimed at exterminating graft cannot achieve the intended results by themselves, but must be complemented by the professional investigation and detection of this felony, hence the need for ZRP Anti-Corruption Unit.
“This calls for police to engage a higher gear in the meticulous gathering of the necessary evidence before cases are brought before the courts,” said Minister Mpofu.
He said Non-State actors such as NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, traditional leadership and members of the public have an equally important role to play in war against corruption.
Minister Mpofu noted the support rendered to police by the general citizenry, especially forums such as the Business Against Crime Forum of Zimbabwe and Crime Consultative Committees.