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ZACC Arrests Muzarabani, Guruve Council Officials

2 September 2021

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested chief executive officers for Muzarabani and Guruve rural district councils on criminal abuse of office charges.

Guruve chief executive Ennie Mapa and Muzarabani chief executive Tinos Marisa are expected to appear in court soon facing the charges.

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ZACC spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure confirmed the arrest of the duo.

The anti-graft unit has so far arrested many public office holders over corruption depicting how deeply rooted corruption is in the country.

The collapse of the economy is attributed to corruption which is also said to be choking efforts to revive the Southern African country.

In 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa who replaced his long-time boss, Robert Mugabe, pledged to deal with corruption.

Analysts, including his former supporter Godfrey Tsenengamu, feel that the "new dispensation" has so far paid lip service to the anti-corruption agenda.

They say there has been a "catch and release" of corrupt people, especially the "big fish" while some individuals are being convicted of "petty corruption."

ZACC, responding to reports of "catch and release," say they work with evidence, therefore, individuals are released wherever there is no proof that corruption was committed.

More: The Herald