Harare Metropolitan Province is the most corrupt province in the country, accounting for 93.2% of the total cases received by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) in 2020.
In its progress report for the year released on Thursday, ZACC said that Harare had 1 057 out of the national total of 1 133 corruption cases reported to the anti-graft watchdog last year alone. Said ZACC:
Investigations for the prosecution of corruption cases for the reporting period, ZACC received a total of 1 133, Harare, 1 057, Bulawayo Province received 59 whilst Gweru received 17 cases.
Out of these cases, 678 cases received were of abuse of office.
ZACC also said it surpassed its target to complete and refer to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) 80 cases in 2020. The report reads:
A total of 90 completed corruption cases were referred to NPA. The Commissioner recorded seven criminal convictions in the year 2020 including criminal forfeiture of eight vehicles.
ZACC said in 2021 the target is to complete and refer 180 corruption dockets to the NPA.
Currently, 26 are undergoing trial, 19 cases were allocated trial dates and 45 were in set down. Cumulative cases with NPA are 131.
With regard to asset recovery, the recently established ZACC Asset Forfeiture and Recovery Unit has seized a total of eight immovable properties valued at $165 640 000.00 which translates to US$2,070,500.00 and a total of 24 motor vehicles valued at $121,500,000.00 which is equivalent to US$1,500,000.00.
One confiscation order has been granted by the High Court for civil forfeiture of immovable property valued at $8,100,000.00 which is equivalent to US$100,000.