Dec. 21, 2020
Zimbabwe’s government has removed more than 10,000 “ghost workers” from its payroll after biometrically registering its employees. More than 90% of state revenue has been used to pay wages over recent years. While a number of workers have either left their jobs or died, their salaries have continued to be paid — due to bureaucratic errors or corruption.
Dec. 4, 2020
Harare City Council finance director Tendai Kwenda has been arrested on corruption allegations involving the US$8 million he paid top managers in allowances, holidays, purchase of personal vehicles and hefty retrenchment packages, including a US$1,7 million package for one manager. President Mnangagwa declared zero tolerance to corruption and the anti-corruption hawks including the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU), Zimbabwe Anti-Corr0uption Unit and Police Anti-Corruption Unit are working tirelessly to make arrests of people involved in the activities. The arrests come barely two days after Harare human resources director Cainos Chingombe was arrested by police working with the SACU for alleged criminal abuse of office and defrauding the council of millions of dollars.
Oct. 4, 2020
THIRTY-SIX high-profile figures, who have assets worth a combined US$4,5 million, are the target of a fresh lifestyle audit that is being conducted by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), it has emerged.
Feb. 9, 2020
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has busted a syndicate involving Grain Marketing Board (GMB) workers who are allegedly hoarding mealie-meal for resale on the black market at extortionate prices.
ZACC chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo told The Sunday Mail that some of the parastatal’s employees were in some instances allocating themselves in excess of 10,000 20kg bags of Silo roller meal, which they would subsequently offload to the informal market.
Jan. 27, 2020
Government has invited a top-notch Ugandan Anti-Corruption Court judge to train Zimbabwe’s Judiciary, ahead of the establishment of anti-corruption courts.
Justice Lawrence Gidudu, who has been heading Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Court for five years, is in the country to conduct a week-long training to be attended by judges, magistrates, prosecutors, anti-corruption investigators and police officers, among other stakeholders.
Dec. 13, 2019
The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) has been restructured with a new management and has been returned to its legislated mandate of collecting road user fees for disbursement to local authorities after being stopped from implementing road building and repairs itself.
Nov. 3, 2019
Government has released US$300 000 for the national roll-out of electronic fuel monitoring devices that will curb malpractices in the petroleum industry.
The new national fuel monitoring and management system, which was developed by Matsimba Technology, will monitor fuel stocks at individual service stations using electronic dipsticks.
Nov. 6, 2019
Forty-four serving and former Cabinet ministers, permanent secretaries, parastatal bosses and legislators are facing “imminent” arrest for corruption, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo has said. She said the commission was mainly focusing on criminal abuse of office, theft of funds, bribery and flouting of tender procedures, among other offences.
Aug. 3, 2019
The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) forensic audit report tabled in Parliament this week exposes shocking corruption, fraud, criminal abuse of office and theft that saw the authority being prejudiced of over US$175 million. NSSA suffered actual financial prejudice to the tune of US$7,536,375, while investigators detected potential financial prejudice of US$167,713,756. Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira and the authority’s former board chairman Mr Robin Vela feature prominently in the report. Off-take housing contracts awarded to undeserving companies through corruption have potentially prejudiced NSSA of US$104 million.
July 25, 2019
Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) on Thursday, and faces charges over the looting of the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) in her previous role as public service and labour minister.
July 22, 2019
Senior officials at the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing head office have been nailed for interfering with the allocation of land in favour of their cronies in the lucrative Mt Hampden area, where Government is constructing the New Parliament Building and intends to establish a new city. Former Zvimba Rural District Council chief executive officer Mr Peter Hlohla revealed the alleged fraudulent allocation and distribution of land in the area when he appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into Urban State Land since 2005.
April 3, 2019
In a first for public administration in the country, Cabinet has approved values and principles of a framework that will see public servants declare assets to ensure accountability. Additionally, a code of conduct will be adopted in the civil service, while Government workers will have to observe political neutrality in terms of the Constitution. These reforms are part of a raft of measures by President Mnangagwa’s administration, with the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) recognising that the civil service reform agenda will ensure that operations of ministries, and their departments and agencies are underpinned by a new culture blueprint that exhibits higher levels of professionalism, ethics, accountability and performance. Under the TSP, reforms at public enterprises are set to ensure, inter alia, de-politicisation of Government and entities’ governance relationships.
Nov. 19, 2018
President Mnangagwa gazetted the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Amendment of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act and Exchange Control Act) Regulations, 2018 which empowers Government to seize assets of people who fail to disclose the source their wealth. In Statutory Instrument 246 of 2018 published in the Government Gazette, President Mnangagwa said Government may issue an unexplained wealth order in respect of properties with no full disclosure.
Dec. 5, 2018
An audit report by Grant Thornton at ZINARA unearthed massive looting of public funds and financial leakages that were exacerbated by incompetence by senior managers to negotiate contracts beneficial to the parastatal. A committee instituted by then Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joram Gumbo recommended a lifestyle audit of Zinara bosses, some of whom had been parachuted to senior positions without the requisite qualifications.
Oct. 2, 2018
Parliamentarians are expected to declare details of their assets and income, as part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s drive to boost transparency and reinforce the government’s commitment to fighting corruption in the recession-hit economy. This comes after Mnangagwa declared that all public office holders — including Cabinet ministers, their deputies, senior government officials and bosses of State-owned businesses — were now legally required to make a declaration of assets.