Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption pounce on looters

Harare-The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) says it has begun investigations into allegations of corruption by individuals and companies in government initiated Command Agriculture.

ZACC chairperson, Loice Matanda Moyo said the commission had started probing the allegations and were investigating companies.

“We have started investigating issues around command agriculture. So far we are investigating companies where monies were paid and deliveries were not made and we are also investigating on the beneficiaries who received the inputs but if you get to the ground, there is no commensurate events happening on the fields,” Matanda-Moyo said.

She said preliminary investigations had revealed massive looting.

“For instance, a person could apply for 200 hectares of fertilisers and seeds but go to the ground, that person has only 30 hectares; so it means that a whole 170 hectares worth of inputs were abused,” the former High Court judge said.

As a way of not putting investigations in danger the body says it will not divulge names of companies involved.

The probe comes at a time when Zanu Pf suspended two youth leaders after they named several businessmen of leading cartels that were bleeding the economy.

The anti-graft body has been slammed for not stamping its authority as those implicated go scot free in what has been described by many as a ‘catch and release scenario’

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