14 June 2016
MEDIA RELEASE: GEORGE CHARAMBA MUST STOP INTIMIDATING THE ZIMBABWE ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION
The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-Southern Africa) has noted with great concern Zimbabwean government attacks against the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC). Mr. George Charamba, who is doubling as the Press Secretary in the President’s Office as well as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, is making headlines consistently attacking ZACC for carrying out its work as well as politicising the anti-corruption agenda. Considering the devastating impact of corruption on national development and how corruption may derail all efforts towards the ZimAsset Agenda, Mr. Charamba should have been motivating anti-corruption bodies instead of weakening them. The country needs corruption detesting leaders who ‘walk the talk’ against corruption. As long as there is no political will, the country will remain under the debilitating yoke of corruption. Mr. Alouis Munyaradzi Chaumba indicated that ZACC should be given an opportunity to execute its mandate free from interference and without fear or favour. “Let us all support ZACC and give it an opportunity to execute its mandate without fearing that George Charamba will attack it. Mr. Charamba should not intimidate the Commission from carrying out its constitutional mandate. We all now understand why the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe has not been interested in building the capacity of ZACC to execute its mandate in the most effective and efficient manner. It is clear that some individuals feel threatened by ZACC and wants to kill it again. They have done it before and wants to continue making the Commission weak. Kuvhunduka chati kwatara hunge uine katurike” He says.
In 2016, there has been an onslaught against the ZACC commissioners and managers over various allegations. Whilst, ZACC is urged to be exemplary, the recent attacks by the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, represented by George Charamba, do not or at all help the country in moving forward with its anti-corruption agenda.
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