Head of Zimbabwe’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Kumbirai Hodzi said that his office will up the fight against corruption as it has reached intolerable levels.
Hodzi said this at the official opening of an anti-corruption court in Mutare this past Friday. He said:
Corruption has reached alarming levels and it’s time to put an end to it. People no longer want excuses. The public is no longer interested (in excuses).
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The current fuel shortages are as a result of foreign currency manipulation and a systematic black market. This is an example of systematic corruption and we should fight in unison and say no to corruption.
The Judiciary is also taking corruption very seriously. That is why there is yet another anti-corruption court being opened here (Mutare) today.
I am also here as prosecutor-general to reassure you that the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe (NPAZ) will not compromise on corruption.
Hodzi said that corruption chokes the citizens’ hopes and aspirations and robs the youth of a brighter future.
He added that his office is engaging the Justice ministry, Ministry of Finance and the Civil Service Commission to improve the conditions of service of prosecutors and non-prosecutorial members of staff. He said:
This is because we are aware of the need to capacitate and ring-fence the prosecutors. Prosecutors, like all other relevant actors of the justice delivery sector, must be well-remunerated so that they are single-mindedly focused on the task at hand.