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scandal in Harare
Trust of Southern Africa
on Harare city council councillors is an attempt to intimidate individuals
and institutions from investigating corruption cases
The Anti Corruption Trust
of Southern Africa Trust (ACT-Southern Africa) Zimbabwe Office is
deeply saddened by the latest developments at the Harare City Council
(HCC) following the arrest of Councillors opposed to corruption
after the publication of gross irregularities and corruption in
the disposal of municipal land.
Instead of investigating
the matter and verifying the authenticity of the report, the Zimbabwe
Republic Police (ZRP) has moved in to harass and persecute some
members of the Special Committee of the HCC and level criminal charges
against them. Such actions lends credence to the widely held view
that the law and law enforcement agencies in Zimbabwe are being
abused by high ranking government officials to instill fear and
sense of insecurity thereby suppressing the truth.
ACT-Southern Africa is
of the view that the said ZRP and the local Anti Corruption and
Monopolies Commission should have seized the opportunity provided
by the report to dig deeper into the allegations. However, the police
chose to protect the interests of senior government officials and
ignored the interests of the people whom Council serves.
ACT-Southern Africa strongly
commends the efforts by the Harare City Council in investigating
and making known to the valued ratepayers any corrupt activities
or underhand dealings as a way of nipping corruption in the bud.
That said the Harare
City Council is recommended to stand by its report if the whole
process was professionally done and within the confines of the law.
The ratepayers will always be behind the truth and the truth will
set them free.
ACT-Southern Africa hopes
that this crusade to get rid of corruption will also be emulated
and replicated by other councils in the country in order to eradicate
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