Whistle blower and witness protection has emerged as critical in the success of the anti- corruption drive in the country.

This follows the swearing in of the new Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) led by Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo recently.

There is a possibility that most Zimbabweans have critical information that might be used by ZACC in discharging its constitutional mandate.

However, fear of victimisation and threats for their lives may deter witnesses and whistle blowers from giving information.

The question is what strategies are employed by other jurisdictions to protect witnesses?

Legal Expert Advocate Lewis Uriri said Zimbabwe requires legislation that protects whistle blowers and witnesses.

“What is important is legislation that protects whistle blowers. In the US whistle blowers can be moved to another state. We do not have resources but we can have laws that allows the use of documentary evidence which will be used by investigators,” he said.

The effectiveness of ZACC can be measured if appropriate action is taken after whistle blowing.

“In order to build confidence ZACC must act and people need to see results,” said Dr Ushehwedu Kufakurinani.

With enabling legislation, political will and financial support, the current commission can effectively tackle corruption in Zimbabwe.