Crackdown On Corruption – Govt Targets Ex-Ministers’ Properties

THE Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs intends to conclude at least 20 high-profile corruption and economic crime cases within 100 days and those convicted will have their “illegally acquired wealth” forfeited to the state.

This is highlighted in Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi’s 100-day work plan which aims to reduce case overload at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), combat corruption and capacitate the prosecuting authority.

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is investigating a series of corruption cases and criminal abuse of office charges implicating former cabinet ministers who include Ignatius Chombo, Walter Mzembi, Walter Chidhakwa, Makhosini Hlongwane, Joseph Made and Samuel Undenge. Some of the cases are before the courts.

In terms of performance indicators, the Justice ministry said it would prioritise the “completion of at least 20 high-profile corruption and economic cases” as well as the “forfeiture of illegally acquired wealth on conviction of economic and corruption cases.”

The ministry also intends to curb corrupt practices such as withdrawal of cases by prosecutors.

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