National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda said that current laws that deal with those found guilty of corruption are too lenient and an impediment in the fight against graft.
Mudenda made the remarks while addressing a capacity-building workshop on corruption organised by the African Parliamentary Network against Corruption (APNAC) in Bulawayo last week. He said:
Zimbabwe’s sentencing regime for persons convicted of corruption is considered too lenient because of the option of a fine while the lack of legislation governing conflict of interest for civil servants needs more scrutiny.
I must commend ZACC (Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Authority) and other anti-corruption agencies for the work they are doing to expose, combat and eradicate corruption and the abuse of power by those holding political and public office.
Mudenda also noted that ZACC is struggling to fight corruption, with some high profile corrupt figures going scot-free. Said Mudenda:
However, Zacc has been found wanting in a number of areas which include the “catch and release” as well as the lack of “teeth” to prosecute high profile figures allegedly caught up in corrupt activities.
Mudenda, however, commended Auditor-General (Mildred Chiri) for exposing the mismanagement of public resources without fear or favour.