Mthuli doubles State anti- corruption organs’ budgets

Finance minister Mthuli Ncube on Thursday doubled the budget allocated to state organs tasked with fighting corruption and governance in a bid to improve transparency and accountability.

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Finance minister Mthuli Ncube on Thursday doubled the budget allocated to state organs tasked with fighting corruption and governance in a bid to improve transparency and accountability.

Presenting a supplementary budget, Mthuli said the institutions such as the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission as well as the Human Rights Commission and the Judicial Service Commission will have their budgets increased.

“The 2019 budget recognised the importance of transforming all governance systems which include, rule of law, freedoms of expression and association, respect for human and property rights, and zero tolerance to corruption, among others,” Ncube said.

“Accordingly, the 2019 budget (had) allocated ZW$76.7 million to institutions mandated to promoting good governance targeting capacitation of those Constitutional institutions mandated to promote democratic principles. These include the—Zimbabwe Electoral Commission; Zimbabwe Gender Commission; Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission; Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission; Zimbabwe Judiciary Service Commission; and National Peace and Reconciliation Commission,” Ncube said

In his ZW$ supplementary budget, the minister proposed to make additional allocations of ZWL$125.5 million to the above institutions for purposes of enhancing their capacity in promoting good governance practices.

ZACC has become the high flying institutions of late after it arrested senior government officials for corruption.