A Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) commissioner, Gabriel Chaibva, said laws are being revisited to make it a punishable offence for whistleblowers to make false corruption reports.
Chaibva made remarks during the National Anti-Corruption Strategy validation workshop in Masvingo on Monday. He said:
We are currently revisiting laws and statutes with the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
In the near future, there shall be a penalty for those that supply ZACC with false information.
It is worrisome that ZACC is inundated with false corruption reports from politicians, businesspeople and other individuals. This then will force us to waste our resources in pursuance of the false leads.
Chaibva added that ZACC does not rush to arrest individuals before assessing the merits of the case.
He said some of these so-called corruption reports are mere political statements from unscrupulous politicians expecting ZACC to settle their scores.