HARARE, Zimbabwe— Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) is targeting to investigate individuals with questionable assets worth at least US$100 000.
ZACC made the call to probe, arrest fraudsters and seize all ill-gotten wealth in the country.
This comes at a time the commission has lay hold of eight immovable properties and 24 vehicles valued at US$3,5 million locally using the civil route in terms of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act.
Continuous efforts are in place to forfeit several properties worth US$13 million acquired through proceeds of corruption by Zimbabweans in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Aisle of Mann, United Arab Emirates and China.
In an interview with the Herald media, ZACC Commissioner for legal Affairs Jessie Majome appealed to the public to join the agency in the fight against corruption.
“We encourage the public to whistle-blow to us any suspected corruptly obtained wealth whose value is at least US$100 000 so that we can target it for seizure using the law so that crime does not pay,” Majome said.
Majome added that despite ZACC’s move to seize movable assets acquired through fraud, it faces challenges such as lacking a secure facility for storage.
“Management of seized or recovered assets is another challenge as we have no secure storage facilities available to store these assets as yet,” she said.
Currently, the unit is handling eight cases where immovable properties were seized locally but the pace at which the cases are progressing is slow as the country is currently under Level 4 lockdown.
Cases, therefore, take longer to finalise as the investigations take longer to finish since the officers are saddled with cases, especially in comparison to criminal case investigators
ZACC, however, is not an enforcement agent according to the amended Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act. Therefore it relies on other enforcement agents to take matters to court.