By Kudakwashe Vhenge
Efforts by the government to combat corruption seem to be hitting a brick-wall as the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has been marred by corruption allegations.
ZACC has since suspended six investigators pending disciplinary hearings over various allegations of corruption and obstructing the course of justice.
The current team of investigators inherited from the Goodson Nguni-led anti-graft body whose members, including Nguni, were resigned last year following suspicions of corruption within its ranks.
Analysts have observed that ZACC is underfunded which makes it vulnerable to corrupt individuals who will be motivated to pay kickbacks for their cases to be concealed.
One source who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity lamented that the institution (ZACC) is under resourced prompting its staff to be lured into engaging in corrupt activities.
“The current situation at ZACC is tricky because it has invited a lot of sharks who are now manipulating investigators due to the lack of resources. Once you have an anti-corruption body that is continuously raising a resources issue, that means even their course of duty will be compromised,” he said.
ZACC has so far arrested a number of prominent people and only a few have been convicted prompting some observers to say that the commission was a mere muppet show to fool people into believing that the government was serious about fighting corruption.