Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube has proposed that he would fund the operations of anti-corruption units through the national budget.
This comes amid reports that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) in the president’s office are being bribed to throw away some corruption cases.
Ncube speaks when the Pre-Budget Paper is set to be presented to parliament, public and captains of industry for consideration ahead of intensive 2021 budget consultations. He said:
We then turn to effective institutional building and governance.
Here we are looking at property rights, aligning laws to the constitution, strengthening our social construct, processes and procedures, rebuilding our state-owned enterprises, dealing with corruption and capacitating the institutions that are dealing with corruption.
ZACC had proposed earlier this year that it retains a portion of the ill-gotten wealth it would have recovered from accused persons and organisations.
Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda last year suggested parliamentarians should push for the commission to be funded from the country’s Consolidated Fund.
Zimbabwe is ranked among the worst corrupt countries and is believed to be losing an average of US$1 billion annually to corruption when its national budget is US$4 billion.
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