Zimbabwe joined the rest of Africa today in celebrating the African Anti Corruption Day, an event organised by the government through the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).

The African Union declared 2018 as the year to win the fight against corruption and this year’s celebrations are running under the theme, “Winning the Fight against Corruption, a Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.

“Fighting corruption is a collective effort and as such heads of African states came up together and 40 countries ratified the Convention on Corruption and the focus now is on winning the fight against corruption,” said the board member of the AU Advisory Board on Corruption, Honourable Florence Ziyambi.

In 2017 Africa lost more than $50 billion to corruption through its various forms and therefore it is imperative for Africans to unite and fight corruption for the socio economic development of the continent, said Nigerian Embassy Minister of Information Tokunbo Falohun.

“Africans need to put their hands together to curb corruption because it is not possible to develop the continent with such high levels of corruption at every sector of the economy,” he said.

A Director in the Office of the President and Cabinet Ambassador Mary Mubi said Zimbabwe is making huge strides in combating corruption ever since His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa showed the political will to fight and put an end to systematic corruption in and around the country.

“Great efforts have so far been made by the Zimbabwean government in the fight against corruption and different strategies continue to be implemented so that Zimbabwe is freed from this cancer,” she said.

Africa’s unity of purpose in the fight against corruption is commendable given the large sums of money it has lost through illicit financial flows over the years.