Govt continues to fight corruption

Staff Reporter whistle blowers play a large part in exposing the rot

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), urged Parliament to expedite the completion of the Whistle-blowers’ Protection Bill in order to safeguard their source of information in the fight against corruption and other societal ills.

“ZACC would like to thank Whistle-blowers for their continued support in exposing corruption and urge Parliament and Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to expedite the completion of the Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistle-blowers) Bill, 2022 whose principles were approved by Cabinet recently,” read the statement.

This follows the impounding of smuggled goods including nine buses, due to credible tip-off by some Whistle-blowers.

“Nine buses have been impounded by the ZACC in the on-going anti-smuggling operation.  The exercise was launched on 15 April 2022 following several credible reports by whistle blowers of rampant smuggling activities by some cross-border bus crews,” read the statement.

 According to the Press Statement an assortment of goods impounded had a cumulative worth of more than hundreds of thousands of United States dollars.

“Some of the smuggled goods found on the buses include an assortment of Alcoholic drinks, bags containing new clothes, shoes, washing powder and energy drinks worth hundreds of thousands of United States Dollars,” said the Statement

Furthermore, MB Transport Reg number AFJ 0588, trailer ABS 1582, Urban Connect AEU 7344, Bless IT UP Motors AFQ 2435, Pangolin Transport ACE 2551, Trailer AAS 6476, DRD Luxury Coaches FF94YTGP, Trailer JY94PK GP and MCB Transporter AFJ 0588 were among the buses that were impounded.

Meanwhile, in other similar news, the South African Government through its Minister of Home Affairs has impounded a Zimbabwean bus for illegal smuggling of undocumented Zimbabweans into South Africa.