President Emmerson Mnangagwa has established a special anti-corruption unit which shall be housed in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said the overall objectives of the unit shall be to improve efficiency in the fight against all forms of corruption and to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of national mechanisms for prevention and fight against corruption in accordance with national anti-corruption strategy.

He said members of the unit will be announced in due course.

“The terms of reference of the unit shall be to:

Collaborate with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and other such institutions in the fight against corruption, to assist the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and other investigative agencies of the state in perusal and consideration of corruption dockets,” read the statement.

The unit shall also “subject to the issuance of authority to prosecute by the Prosecutor General, to prosecute corruption cases referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) by investigative agencies.”

In his inauguration speech, President Mnangagwa identified corruption as one of the main impediments to Zimbabwe’s economic growth.

This was followed by the establishment of specialised anti-corruption courts, and the Zimbabwe Republic Police Specialised Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit dedicated to investigating corruption complaints.