‘Rich, High-profile People To Explain Source Of Wealth’

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said the government will invoke the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act to fight high-profile corruption cases.

Ziyambi said the Act was one of the easiest routes to fight corruption because it places the onus on the accused person to prove their source of wealth.

He said this in the National Assembly on Wednesday while responding to a question from Proportionate Representative MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC-T) during the Question and Answer Session.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga had asked why high profile individuals accused of graft almost always went scotfree. Ziyambi responded:

What we also have to appreciate is that those that are termed ‘high profile’ are people with means that can use every available legal recourse at their disposal.

So we would find that in most of the high profile cases, several court applications are made by the accused and that is legal because those processes are allowed.

This [invoking the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act] is an easy route to follow where the onus is on the person to prove where they got the wealth from and if they fail, then those assets are forfeited to the State.

So we are going to use several avenues to ensure that we deal with corruption cases, but indeed, corruption cases are not very easy to prosecute as they involve people with means and those people will use every available legal process to ensure that they stall the process.

More: The Herald

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