Zimbabwe establishes integrity committees to fight corruption in state institutions

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Zimbabwean government ministries, departments and state-owned enterprises have established a pilot project which will see them establish integrity committees within their set-ups to fight corruption and ensure good governance.

The committees will spearhead the prevention of corruption and promotion of integrity and good governance in public enterprises.

The Herald newspaper reported Monday that the project, which is being championed by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), will start with 21 public institutions ahead of rolling out to cover all state entities.

ZACC chairperson Loice Matanda-Moyo said the committees should stamp out corruption, which was rampant in public institutions.

She said the auditor-general’s annual reports continued to expose corruption in state entities but nothing much had been done to stop the practice.

“These reports present a big picture of the state of corruption in the public sector. They disclose lack of proper controls in the institutions thus providing conducive environments for public officials to engage in acts of corruption, fraud, theft, money laundering and other offenses.

“It is very unfortunate that these reports have not received the serious attention they deserve from the institutions audited,” she said.

A number of government and state enterprise executives have been arrested over allegations of corruption, and most of the cases are pending in the courts of law. Enditem

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