Government’s anti corruption drive which many say has been futile so far will, according to legal analysts not bear fruits unless structural issues around the investigations and arrest of corrupt people are addressed.

Analysts note that the arrest to investigate syndrome is leading to the low conviction rate and a radical shift must be effected in this regard.

The 2017 corruption index ranked Zimbabwe 157 out of 180 countries, a number of factors contribute to the country being regarded so lowly.

While the 2018 report will be released early next year, Transparency International Zimbabwe has acknowledged the show of political commitment by the post November 2017 order to curb corruption.

Transparency International Zimbabwe director Ms Muchaneta Mundopa said more, however, needs to be done in terms of preventing graft.

For Harare lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku, the major hindrance to effectively dealing with corruption is the arrest to investigate syndrome which has invariably led to the catch and release system.

“Lack of proper adherence to basic tenets of legal rules and procedures must be addressed through the policing system to enable the courts to convict corrupt elements,” he said.

Concern has been that a number of high profile individuals have been arrested on corruption related charges but to date no meaningful convictions have been secured leading to widespread public outcry.