While addressing Zanu Pf North America division, In New York, on Saturday evening, the president lamented the levels of corruption in Zimbabwe. He said his government resolved to dissolve the previous ZACC board and asked Chief Justice Malaba for another panel of commissioners and Malaba recommended Justice Matanda Moyo.
He also informed them of the new executive decision to give ZACC arresting powers:
Corruption had taken root in Zimbabwe and I think it had become very difficult to fight it, so we needed to be very drastic about it. The first thing was to dissolve the Anti-Corruption Commission that was there which needed to be also investigated by another commission, but instead of doing that we just had to remove it and we appointed a new ZACC.
We asked the judiciary to bring a strong and resolute judge and Chief Justice (Luke Malaba) recommended Justice (Loice) Matanda-Moyo. The group of commissioners is a terror to the corrupt and I am very happy with that and it is receiving my full support. We gave them teeth.
The former commission had no arresting powers which these ones have. What we have not yet achieved is the question of conviction. This has been because we have brilliant lawyers, they are able to cause postponements and find ways of postponing.
The new commission hit the ground running with the arrest and detention of former tourism minister who is facing 7 counts of criminal abuse of office and siphoning about $95 million from NSSA.
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