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Acting PG orders probe into $20 000 bribery allegations

Davison Kaiyo Herald Reporter
Acting Prosecutor-General Mr Kumbirai Hodzi has asked Commissioner-General of Police Godwin Matanga to investigate bribery allegations levelled against a prosecutor in the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU), Mr Zivanai Macharaga, who allegedly demanded $20 000 bribe from former Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa.

The bribery allegations were raised in court by Advocate Sylvester Hashiti in November this year.

Chidhakwa is facing abuse of office charges.

In a statement released yesterday, Mr Hodzi said his office takes the allegations seriously.

“They must be thoroughly investigated and all wrongdoing clearly exposed. All offenders will be prosecuted without fear or favour.

“The NPA is cognisant of the fact that the success of the anti-corruption crusade is predicated upon the credibility of the NPA, its prosecutors, SACU and its members,” said Mr Hodzi.

He said Adv Hashiti as an officer of the court had a duty to report to the police the acts of corruption.

“In making the allegations, Advocate Hashiti categorically stated that he was not comfortable with his client (Walter Chidhakwa) being prosecuted by SACU. He also made allegations that the unit takes instructions from the Executive yet it is trite that SACU is granted powers to prosecute under Section 27 of the National Prosecuting Authority Act Cap 7:20 by the Prosecutor-General.

“As the National Prosecuting Authority we are of the view that Advocate Hashiti as an officer of the court and a citizen of Zimbabwe has a duty to report any such alleged acts of corruption by fellow officers of the court or other citizens to the relevant investigating authorities,” said Mr Hodzi.

He insisted that Adv Hashiti must not conceal the acts of corruption as doing so was an offence.

“Mr Hashiti has material knowledge of the commission of an extremely serious offencse and it is incumbent upon him as an officer of court and a legal practitioner of the High Court and Supreme Court to help the authorities in uncovering crime. Any concealment of crime constitutes a criminal offence,” said Mr Hodzi

He said promotion of the rule of law and the fight against corruption boost efforts by Government to turn around the economy.

Source : The Herald

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