The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has been given new powers which will enable it to arrest individuals they suspect of committing any crimes.
In the past, ZACC did not have any power to arrest anyone and actually had to ask the Zimbabwe Republic Police to arrest an individual suspected of corruption.
The anti-corruption organisation has since been handed new powers by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government through Statutory Instrument 143 of 2019 published in an Extraordinary Government Gazette last Friday. The Statutory Instrument amended the description of a “peace officer” to include “Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission officers”.
Zimlive reports that Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry, Virginia Mabiza said
[ZACC officers] can now arrest any person on reasonable suspicion of any other crime [other than corruption] having been committed.
Peace officers hand over those under their arrest to the police to continue with investigations.
At the moment, however, ZACC is not operational after President Emmerson Mnangagwa fired all the commissioners of ZACC. So far, Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo, the wife of Minister SB Moyo, has been appointed as the chairperson of the commission while dozens of other people have been interviewed to fill the rest of the vacant positions.