MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere has called for the disbanding of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and the arrest of controversial business magnate Kudakwashe Tagwirei following reports that the latter has amassed billions of dollars in profits from corrupt deals involving State-linked entities.
A report by The Sentry, a Washington-based policy and research organization, exposed how Tagwirei has used his close proximity to key State players to cream off billions of dollars in shady deals without going to public tender. The report has been widely shared by various international media, but neither Tagwirei no the ZACC has issued a statement.
The report is titled “Shadows and Shell Games”. Tagwirei has interests in banking, platinum, fuels, logistics, agriculture and gold mining, among many other investments in his ever widening portfolio.
Mahere says the opposition found the silence by ZACC as expected and said the anti-corruption organization never had any teeth and must be disbanded to save taxpayers money.
“There is corruption everywhere. Yet ZACC is folding its hands and doing nothing despite all the massive revelations. Where is ZACC? They must be disbanded and Tagwirei must be arrested,” Mahere said.
Mahere slammed the Government of President Mnangagwa saying since they forced Robert Mugabe out via a coup in 2017, corruption levels have been increasing and the economy is sinking under the sheer weight of the looting of public resources.
In another report, ZACC chairperson Loice Matanda-Moyo is quoted saying ZACC does not give preferential treatment to anyone as long there was concrete evidence of corrupt behavior. She further said she was not sure if anyone had reported Tagwirei to her body yet.
Meanwhile, prominent journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has lambasted local media and opposition politicians for staying too quiet while the opportunity to attack Zanu-PF over the exposure of Tagwirei slipped by.
Chin’ono, who has been consistently demanding an end to corruption and looting of State resources, could not hide his displeasure after very few mainstream newspapers reported on The Sentry findings. □