Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) commissioner Michael Santu said citizens should not be disheartened by the Commission’s seeming failure to deal with graft cases as it needs to thoroughly investigate cases before the individuals are prosecuted.
Speaking on the sidelines of the International Anti-Corruption Day celebrations in Harare on Monday, Santu said:
I know Zimbabweans are disheartened and are not happy about what we are doing at the moment. But I ask that they bear with us and they will see results.
What happens with the principle of catch and release is that when one is arrested, further investigations are done to ascertain whether or not a crime was committed and if a crime was not committed or there isn’t enough evidence to prosecute then that person is let go.
Former Energy Minister Joram Gumbo was recently arrested for criminal abuse office but was later released without being charged.
Meanwhile, in her latest report, Auditor-General Mildred Chiri unearthed corrupt activities taking place in parastatals but ZACC has done nothing about the individuals implicated.