Zimbabwe’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2020-2024) (NACS) defines the country’s priority and objectives to prevent and combat corruption for the next five years.
According to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ZACC), NACS has six strategic objectives which are as follows:
- Support citizen empowerment and awareness of their rights and responsibilities relevant to the fight against corruption.
- Enhance the structures for deterrence, detection, adherence and enforcement through improved compliance with anti-corruption and integrity management obligations and mechanisms across sectors.
- Increase public demand for transparency and accountability and rejection of corruption in government offices, ministries, agencies and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)/parastatals, public institutions, media houses and the private sector.
- Ensure protection of whistle-blowers and victims of corruption, thereby encouraging active participation in anti-corruption efforts by members of the public.
- Recover assets and proceeds from corruption crimes, and compensate damages inflicted on the state and corruption victims (individuals or institutions).
- Increased level of political parties’ transparency, political will and accountability.
ZACC has, however, been accused of being ‘toothless’ and captured, as several high-profile corruption cases have remained unresolved.
Further, ZACC has reportedly failed to protect whistleblowers after journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was arrested after exposing corruption while ZANU PF youth leaders were also censored after they alleged that several high-ranking government officials were engaged in corrupt activities.