ZANU PF politburo member and National Assembly Speaker, Jacob Mudenda, has said his party cannot investigate the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) investigators’ alleged misconduct in trying to arrest Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo on corruption allegations two weeks ago. Mudenda’s admission comes shortly after President Robert Mugabe appointed him to lead investigations into Zacc’s conduct.
We are not going to investigate Zacc and our terms of reference do not, in any way, make reference to the commission. I am aware and everyone is aware that we cannot investigate Zacc. It would be unconstitutional and we have neither mandate nor authority to do that. The committee is going to look at internal issues. It is an internal matter that is confined to our party.
What Mugabe is doing is patently illegal and an affront on the Constitution of the country. Zacc is guided by the provisions of Chapter 12 section 235, which among other things, states that no person may interfere with the functioning of independent commissions.