Acting Prosecutor-General Mr Kumbirai Hodzi has asked Commissioner-General of Police Godwin Matanga to investigate bribery allegations levelled against Mr Zivanai Macharaga, who allegedly demanded $20 000 bribe from former Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa.
Macharaga is a prosecutor in the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU). The bribery allegations were raised in court by Chidhakwa’s lawyer Advocate Sylvester Hashiti in November this year. Chidhakwa is facing abuse of office charges. In a statement released yesterday, Mr Hodzi said his office takes the allegations seriously. Said Hodzi:
They must be thoroughly investigated and all wrongdoing clearly exposed. All offenders will be prosecuted without fear or favour.The NPA is cognisant of the fact that the success of the anti-corruption crusade is predicated upon the credibility of the NPA, its prosecutors, SACU and its members. In making the allegations, Advocate Hashiti categorically stated that he was not comfortable with his client (Walter Chidhakwa) being prosecuted by SACU. He also made allegations that the unit takes instructions from the Executive yet it is trite that SACU is granted powers to prosecute under Section 27 of the National Prosecuting Authority Act Cap 7:20 by the Prosecutor-General.