Bring more laws to curb corruption — Gutu

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Non-performance of the economy can breed a lot of corrupt activities, the Deputy Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Obert Gutu has said.

Gutu said this in Harare recently while launching a report on the assessment of anti-corruption initiatives in Zimbabwe, hosted by Transparency International Zimbabwe.

He said there was need to craft laws that deterred people from corrupt activities.

“The other major concern is the issue of the economy because a large number of Zimbabweans have begun to rely on corruption for their living simply because they say their salaries are not enough,” said Gutu.

“Corruption only breeds further decline in the economy.”

He said much should be done to create legal instruments to fight corruption.

“It would be good to also learn from other jurisdictions how to improve our current legal system in order to further arrest the intolerable practice. The fight to combat corruption is a noble notion and must be encouraged in all spheres of operation including the public and private sectors. Our legal system has several instruments that address the issue of corruption but the most critical is the Constitution, which established the Anti-Corruption Commission, a body specifically designed to help combat corruption,” Gutu said.

He said he hoped the Anti-Corruption Commission would make an input into the current constitution-making process so as to include some of the vital components of anti-corruption into the legal framework.