The 5th Anti-Corruption Court has been commissioned in Gweru, with a call for the public to complement the government’s efforts in uprooting the scourge.

The decentralisation of the High Court in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces, the establishment of more magistrate courts and the setting up of a special unit to deal with corruption cases, are testimony to the government’s commitment to fighting corruption.

While commissioning the Anti-Corruption Court, the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi said the fight to uproot corruption, a cancer in its nature, requires a buy-in from the public.

“When I took over as Minister of Justice, I wanted to see the prosecution of corruption related cases faster but that was not to be. I consulted the Prosecutor General, who then advised on establishing this unit specifically for corruption related cases,” said Cde Ziyambi.

The Special Anti-Corruption Unit Director, Mr Thabani Mpofu proposed the effective use of the suggestion box to help combat the cancerous scourge.

“The commissioning of this unit in Gweru is not by coincidence, as it used to be one of the efficient and well run courts. The public should participate wholeheartedly if we are to uproot corruption in our society,” said Mr Mpofu.

The Midlands Minister of State, Cde Larry Mavhima said he anticipates that the commissioning of the court will bring to rest all pending corruption cases in the province.

“We hope the court will help put to finality all the corruption cases here,” he said.

The Gweru Anti-Corruption Court comes after similar courts were commissioned in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Masvingo.