The MDC on Friday demanded answers from the government on why the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) was dissolved. On Thursday, President Mnangagwa announced that he had accepted the resignation of the entire ZACC board.
The Job Whabira-led ZACC was disbanded on the pretext that its members were involved in corrupt activities. Some were allegedly involved in ZANU PF factional politics.
MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said that the government has to explain the said resignation to the public. He said:
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The MDC notes with suspicion the release of information pertaining to resignations at the anti-corruption commission. While we would accept that the commissioners had failed dismally to deliver on their mandate during their tenure, half the time they fought Zanu PF factional battles using public resources.
In the current global indices, as far as corruption is concerned, Zimbabwe ranked badly and the commission never succeeded, not even once, to deal with culprits even in obvious cases like the missing $15 billion dollars diamond revenue, the salary gate among other cases of graft.
The information is for public consumption, it cannot be a privilege of individuals, keeping it under wraps will be an abuse of office. We are of the view that the information must be used to shape effectiveness of the anti-corruption body in the future.
The MDC hopes no coercion was used to force the resignations. Only the release of full details will answer all the issues the people of Zimbabwe have. The MDC is wary of the growing tendency of undermining constitutional bodies by the Zanu PF government including the insults hailed at the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and the setting up of parallel structures in Mnangagwa’s office.
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