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ZACC Arrests 3 City of Masvingo Officials



Nov. 14, 2021

Three City of Masvingo officials were arrested by Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) investigators last week for suspected fraudulent operations and appeared in Masvingo Magistrates Court. The Housing and Security Departments' Brian Madamombe (39), Samson Gwamure (41) and Eustina Mukusi (43) appeared before Magistrate Grace Tupiri on fraud accusations, some of which related illegal stand distribution.

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Murewa RDC Boss Arrested



Nov. 11, 2021

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested Alois Gurajena (48), the Chief Executive Officer of the Murewa Rural District Council, for Criminal Abuse of Duty after he illegally partitioned a farm and assigned stands to house seekers. According to the allegations against Gurajena, Train Farm was leased to Moses Sewera for agricultural purposes in 2003 and has been used for that purpose ever since. Sewera, the lease, was permitted to continue his farming activities after the lease ended. Gurajena is said to have recently partitioned the farm and distributed stands to house seekers.

Zacc Red-flags Non-compliant Councils



Nov. 19, 2021

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) assesses the compliance of eight local councils. ZACC recently performed compliance audits, spot inspections, and system and process reviews at a number of institutions, including eight local governments, and determined that the vast majority of them were non-compliant.

'ZACC in anti-graft pacts with councils



Nov. 19, 2021

Eight local councils sign agreement with ZACC to end corruption. 

ZACC Unearths Corruption in Chitungwiza Council



Nov. 1, 2021

The ZACC has discovered incidents of widespread corruption and misdeeds in stand allocations involving Chitungwiza councilors and officials acting in collusion with land lords. The information obtained by the anti-graft organization would be utilized as evidence in courts of law when corruption charges are prosecuted.

ZACC nabs eight Karoi Town Council Officials for Corruption



Nov. 27, 2021

Eight members of the Karoi Town Council have been arrested by the ZACC on suspicion of corruption. The detainees are accused of assigning themselves illegal living and commercial spaces, as well as unapproved travel and sustenance.

Integrity Committees Set Up



Sept. 20, 2021

Integrity committees will be established at public institutions as a tool for preventing corruption and promoting good corporate governance. The pilot initiative will include parastatals, state companies, local governments, government agencies, and ministries.

16 Local Authorities Face ZACC Probe



Aug. 30, 2021

ZACC to investigate 16 local councils for failing to submit accounts to the Auditor-General.

ZACC Moves to Seize US$6m ill-gotten Assets



Aug. 2, 2021

ZACC refers "76 cases to the National Prosecuting Authority for criminal prosecution" and seeks to seize assets from 12 other civil cases.

ZACC Crack Team Targets Councils



April 30, 2021

ZACC establishes team to investigate urban and rural councils.

Gweru City Council Director Arrested



March 19, 2021

Gweru City Council's director of housing and community services arrested for criminal abuse of office.

12 Arrested as ZACC Takes Graft Fight to land Barons



March 5, 2021

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested 2 senior officials from Harare City Council for parceling out land to unsuspecting and desperate home seekers.

Experts to Audit all Urban Councils



March 23, 2021

The Ministry of Local Government and Public Works has begun an audit of 32 urban councils.

Harare Mayor Arrested



Nov. 25, 2020

Harare mayor Jacob Mafume has been arrested for criminal abuse of office involving residential stands. 

ZACC Auditing Kwekwe City Council Operations



Nov. 6, 2020

As part of its ongoing anti-corruption push, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) landed on Kwekwe City Council this week to conduct a systems evaluation of the local authority's operations. According to ZACC spokesperson John Makamure, the anti-graft organisation has linked up with officials from the local government ministry to carry out similar operations on several local governments around the nation.

ZACC Investigates Gweru City Council Of Corruption



Oct. 5, 2020

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) is investigating Gweru City Council after the government discovered major corruption by several councilors who reportedly allotted themselves and their relatives stands on State land.

Councils Land Probe Goes National



July 29, 2020

The Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) launches a 'nationwide probe on the main urban councils to arrest and prosecute all corrupt elements.

Gweru Town Clerk Suspended Due To Incompetence



Oct. 16, 2019

Gweru Mayor Josiah Makombe has justified the city council's decision to suspend Town Clerk Elizabeth Gwatipedza, claiming that the action was not politically driven and that it was intended to purge the Midlands city of ineptitude.

Relocation for wetlands residents



Jan. 21, 2021

National Housing and Social Amenities Minister Daniel Garwe has orderd the Harare City Council to immediately move people who were allocated stands in wetlands in Budiriro after their houses were flooded following the rains pounding the capital. Minister Garwe ordered an immediate investigation into rogue Harare City Council officers who are allegedly running a syndicate that is selling land through forging papers and