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NPA, Transparency International sign MoU



THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to fight corruption and preserve the integrity of the justice sector.

Addressing delegates at the signing ceremony last week, Acting Prosecutor-General Nelson Mutsonziwa said corruption was a serious crime that deprived government and its people of critical resources to improve citizens’ quality of life.

“Training is now a permanent policy programme that will ensure that our members on a continuous basis are exposed to new skills and ideas. By doing so, we believe the NPA will be in a position to respond adequately to any emerging challenge including new crimes,” Mutsonziwa said.

“In our operations, we are futuristic in approach, hence the need to have training as a continuous programme. Experts have reported that best performing entities value training as it is a major driving force towards efficiency and effectiveness,” he added.

Through training in various fields of the law and feedback from prosecutors, NPA said it was able to identify the need for a law that provided for speedy prosecution to enable them to meet expectations.

TIZ executive director Tafadzwa Chikumbu said  the organisation had since 2018, been training public prosecutors on how to prosecute corruption cases, but there was no formal relationship.

“So we decided to formalise it. Without an MoU it was difficult to follow up and monitor the gains of such support. After the MoU, we also realised that they opened a Twitter account and published statistics on corruption cases,” Chikumbu said.

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