Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi on Friday officially commissioned the 5th Anti-Corruption Court in the country at the Gweru Magistrates’ Court as government escalates its fight against corruption.
The initiative, meant to separate the investigation, prosecution and trial of corruption cases from the main stream court processes, is the 5th in the country after Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo and Manicaland.
Addressing delegates at the official commissioning, Minister Ziyambi said his Ministry joins the fight against corruption to ensure trust in government and private institutions in order to attract investors.
“The impetus which the fight against corruption has gained can only be a good omen for the nation. I join the bandwagon today in order to add government‘s voice to the good work of all institutions charged with the administration of justice in the country.
“As Minister in charge of the administration of justice, I take immense pride in that all these institutions have fully embraced His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe’ clarion call for a corruption free Zimbabwe, in order for the country to attract increased Direct Foreign Investment,” he said.
Minister Ziyambi said the corruption scourge mostly affects the poor as funds are channeled to individuals’ pockets at the expense of service provision.
“Corruption hits the poor the hardest because they are the most in need of goods and services yet they cannot pay bribes.
“It hinders development. Public resources are diverted to the pockets of corrupt individuals instead of being channeled towards needed investments in transport, energy, health, education to mention a few,” Minister Ziyambi said.