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Anti-corruption commission sworn in

Anti-corruption commission sworn in

By Lance Guma
02 September 2011

A nine member anti-corruption commission, sworn in by Robert Mugabe on 
Thursday, has been challenged to investigate and prosecute politicians from 
all the political parties without fear of favour. The commission is one of 
the many requirements under the power sharing deal, but fears abound that, 
like many other commissions, it’s being cobbled together to give the 
appearance of progress.

This latest commission is made up of people in such fields as 
administration, law, religion, law enforcement and is chaired by lawyer 
Denford Chirindo, deputised by Teresa Pearl Mugadza. Other commissioners 
include Emmanuel Chimwanda, Lakayana Chabaka Keith Dube, Zivanayi Zed 
Rusike, Shepherd Gwasira, Anna Chitsike, Elita Tinoenda Sakupwanya and Dr 
Goodwill Shana.

But even before the commission begins its work several cases are sticking 
out like a sore thumb and demanding attention. Last year a messy divorce 
involving Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo and his wife of 25 
years, Marian, exposed the Minister’s spectacular wealth, acquired while 
earning a modest civil servant’s salary.

Documents showed that Chombo has tentacles in virtually all sectors of the 
economy. They include interests in several farms, mines, hunting safari 
lodges in Chiredzi, Hwange, Magunje and Chirundu, as well as properties in 
South Africa. Local properties include 75 residential and commercial stands 
plus 14 houses and 5 flats, all dotted around the country. Not to mention 15 

Even when a probe team of Harare City Councillors produced a report 
implicating Chombo and businessman Philip Chiyangwa in the illegal 
acquisition of council land on the cheap, the police refused to investigate 
the matter. Instead the councillors were arrested and journalists who 
covered the saga were also arrested and harassed by the police under 
instruction from Chiyangwa.

In 2009 when the coalition government came into being Prime Minister Morgan 
Tsvangirai called for a probe into a controversial airport road construction 
deal. The ‘Joshua Nkomo Expressway’ meant to link the Harare International 
Airport and the city centre had been valued at US$80 million, despite a 
similar 2001 project in Chegutu covering 77km costing US$19 million. Adding 
to suspicion was that the airport road is actually 20km shorter than the one 
built in Chegutu.

SW Radio Africa reported then how Local Government Minister Chombo and 
former Harare Commission chairperson, Michael Mahachi, were accused of 
corruptly engineering the deal, that saw Ukrainian company Augur Investments 
being awarded the tender. When the MDC-T took over the council Mahachi was 
appointed a ‘special interest councillor’ by Chombo before he resigned a 
month later to become the project manager for Augur Investments.

Currently the Marange diamond fields are also being plundered by a complex 
network of army, police, CIO and ZANU PF senior chefs. Mines Minister Obert 
Mpofu for example has accumulated spectacular wealth from alleged corrupt 
deals and is said to have gone on a real estate shopping spree, buying 
properties in the Bulawayo area including the Ascot Race Course and Casino. 
He also bought dozens of properties in Victoria Falls.

So the anti corruption commission should be the busiest commission in the 
history of Zimbabwe.


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