President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reportedly mulling dissolving the anti-corruption body, the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) because of its effectiveness.
According to the Mail and Telegraph, ZACC members were summoned to the OPC this week and advised on the imminent development. Mail and Telegraph sources said:
The President is not happy with ZACC’s performance in combating corruption, it is a toothless bulldog. Look at the low conviction rates and how cases crumble when they investigate high profile individuals. There is a suspicion that some of them receive bribes to gag some cases. So the President will disband ZACC.
It is alleged that not only is ZACC incompetent and impotent, but its members are also mired in corruption.
Remember cases of corruption involving some ZACC members themselves have found their way to the public domain. In 2013 one official was accused of having being paid by ZIFA for work that he was doing for the anti-graft body against ZIFA officials
In the same year, ZACC chief executive was arrested on an allegation of defrauding the commission US$435 000. He was accused of making secret profits from a transaction involving a ZACC property. Gumbo was later found guilty and sentenced to an effective 2 years in prison in March 2015.
ZACC made headlines in 2017 after its officials attempted to arrest the then Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Professor Jonathan Moyo.