President Mnangagwa Defends ZACC Over “Catch And Release” Accusations

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has defended the Zimbabwe Anti-corruption Commission (ZACC) amid criticism from various quarters for its penchant for “catching and releasing” corrupt political elites.

Mnangagwa absolved ZACC of incompetence and instead, blamed public prosectors for postponing or dragging cases. He said:

People are indeed being caught and released and as I said, the problem lies with the prosecuting authorities who keep on postponing and dragging cases.

However, people need to understand how Zacc operates. Zacc has the power to arrest but doesn’t have the power to prosecute, so what that means is that they can catch but they can’t release or control the release.

That power lies with the judicial system and we have no authority to say this one must be prosecuted and sentenced stiffly.

President Mnangagwa was speaking at a symposium organised by Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ), Africa Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (Apnac) and the Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission (Zacc) in Harare in a belated commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day on Friday.

More: Daily News

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