‘Protect whistleblowers’

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CIVIL society organisations (CSOs) have urged the government to immediately enact a Whistleblower Protection Act in the face of mounting sleaze cases in the public service and State-owned companies.

BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU
SENIOR REPORTER

CSO representatives made the plea during a Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (Zimcodd)-organised workshop in Harare on Wednesday.

The calls came in the wake of recent multi-million-dollar corruption and obscene salary exposés at parastatals.

Transparency International Zimbabwe representative Themba Mahleka said: “The government should move with haste to enact legislation that protects whistleblowers particularly against corrupt activities involving large amounts of money.”

Mahleka added that the country was losing $42 million annually through smuggling of gold and corrupt activities at the porous border posts.

Afrodad official Tafadzwa Chikumbu said: “Zimbabwe has lost a cumulative $12 billion in the past three decades through illegal commercial activities, tax evasion and secret financial deals.”

Media and social justice activist Takura Zhangazha added that media practitioners had a significant role to play in exposing corruption at private and public institutions.

The workshop resolved that Zimbabwe should strengthen its tax evasion laws to include tax avoidance and make company executives culpable in their personal capacities.

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  1. Protection of whistle blowers is long overdue, because some institutions have complex systematic employee gag mechanism. Lets expose it all this year.

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