GWERU – The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi last week commissioned an Anti-Corruption Court in the city as part of wider efforts to improve efficiency in the trial of corruption-related offences in the country.
The initiative is meant to separate the investigation, prosecution and trial of corruption cases from the mainstream court processes.
Speaking at the event, Ziyambi said the launch of the court proved government’s commitment to fighting corruption.
“Midlands is the fifth province to benefit from the specialised Anti-Corruption Courts initiative being spearheaded by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) after Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Masvingo.
“Fighting corruption is truly gaining fame and acceptance as the gateway to rebuilding the country’s economy. The fallacious perception that corruption only exists in public institutions must be exorcized,” said Ziyambi.
Ziyambi said corruption deprived the country’s revenue base thereby militating against economic development.
“Corruption takes many forms which include bribery, extortion, embezzlement and criminal abuse of power. In its very nature, it deprives the government of revenue which is critical for the development of the country. It further takes away the credibility of institutions at all levels,” he said.
The Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs, Larry Mavhima welcomed the launch saying the country’s leadership was opposed to corruption.
“The opening of the court shows that the government is walking the talk and delivering on what it promised with regards to dealing with corruption around the country,” said Mavhima.