Better perks for graft fighters

Cletus Mushanawani and Nyore Madzianike
Government is undertaking measures to ring-fence officers employed by special anti-corruption courts through paying them competitive salaries and allowances.

The Government believes that a well-remunerated Judiciary will be difficult to compromise.
Zimbabwe has declared war against corruption, which is seen as a major drag to economic growth, and Government is working round the clock to craft measures to stamp out the vice.

This comes as a top Ugandan anti-corruption judge has been invited to impart skills to stakeholders in the justice delivery system as the fight against graft escalates.

Prosecutor-General Mr Kumbirai Hodzi yesterday told participants at the anti-corruption training in Harare for the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and police that officers employed by the special anti-corruption courts will be provided with basic needs like accommodation and transport.
He said this would stop the officers from being compromised by cartels of criminals.
“The National Prosecution Authority has taken advantage of the immense political will in the country to fight corruption and had a meeting with President Mnangagwa together with Treasury. We agreed to take extraordinary measures to ring-fence all officers involved in anti-corruption work.

“From now onwards, officers will be provided with adequate accommodation, transport and allowances to ensure that they are not compromised by criminal cartels,” he said.