Government says it remains committed to fighting white collar crime including fraud and corruption as this has negatively affected economic growth.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Minister of State in her office, Cde Sylvester Nguni at the official opening of the third forensic conference in Harare, Vice President Joice Mujuru said the vices of corruption and fraud have continued to bleed the economyâ€™s key sectors such as mining and this requires the support of the private sector as government alone cannot achieve the desired results.
She noted that crime and corruption is now sophisticated and as such, forensic and investigative accounting is now critical in curbing these vices.
â€œWe have a situation whereby corruption has become acceptable and the levels are such that it will negatively affect economic growth and as such, auditors and forensic work is now required to stop these crimes which sometimes go unnoticed for a long time,â€ said Cde Mujuru.
Conference organiser, Mr Proctor Nyemba said his organisation has decided to engage the government in coming up with strategies to fight corruption due to lack of proper accounting systems in most state institutions.
â€œWe are engaging the government so that we can help come up with innovative ways of dealing with crime and corruption. Of course, there are institutions that do not have proper internal controls,â€ he said.
The declining Zimbabwean economy resulted in corruption reaching epidemic proportions.
There is a high tolerance for it in society as it is seen as the only way to get timely service or any service at all especially in the public sector which is infested with inefficiency.
With bribery almost becoming an accepted way of doing business, it is against this background that the 3rd Forensic Conference was held to chat the way forward in fighting corruption.