It is everyone’s responsibility to fight for a corruption free country. There are many ways that you can do this. Firstly, be part of the campaigns seeking to raise awareness against corruption and its negative consequence to development. Equally important is reporting corruption whenever and wherever it occurs. Reporting corruption leads to deterrence of this scourge.
Revival of the SADC Tribunal with an additional mandate to preside over corruption cases
The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA) insists that the SADC Tribunal was discontinued because of personal interests triggered by the need to protect the Zimbabwean government against its interests to re-possess land with impunity and without any compensation. The Zimbabwean government had been sued for violating human rights which the Tribunal upheld which did not go down well with the Zimbabwean government.
Resultantly, the government used its authority to twist the decisions and mindsets of other SADC member states to side with the Zimbabwe government. The Zimbabwean story too minor to risk the importance of the SADC Tribunal in protecting human rights for all in Southern Africa. Upholding the Zimbabwean justification for suspending the Tribunal meant the whole essence of the SADC Treaty is brought to naught. produced a working paper on the revival of the SADC Tribunal. See the working paper on the revival of the Tribunal.
How you can get involved?
Individuals and entities in Southern Africa should write to their governments demanding that the SADC Tribunal be revived with an additional mandate to preside over corruption cases. A sample letter is attached hereto, After writing, please copy ACT-SA.
Setting up an Anti-Corruption Monitoring Voluntary Action Group
A Voluntary Community Anti-Corruption Monitoring Voluntary Action Group (VAGs) is a group of citizens who are gravely concerned about increasing acts of corruption, poor service delivery and the impunity thereof in Zimbabwe.
The aim of the VAGs is to increase the likelihood of detection, reporting and punishment for corruption and poor service delivery and to increase options available to victims of corruption and poor service delivery. In that way, the Anti-Corruption VAGs contributes to improved public empowerment by involving citizens in enforcing anti-corruption measures and improving service delivery.
The Anti-Corruption VAGs were first set up by ACT-SA as an activity under the ‘Community Action against Corruption and Poor Service Delivery in Kwekwe Zimbabwe Project’, funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). The project sought to engage and actively involve communities in combating corruption and improving service delivery in a number of sectors that include: health, justice, education, and water among others.
The groups were trained to give them an in-depth understanding of corruption and its negative consequences. The training also helped them to acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes on how to effectively respond to the scourge of corruption, mismanagement, and poor service delivery among other areas. ACT-SA encourages communities in Southern Africa to embrace the initiative and set up similar groups.
How you can get involved?
Invite friends to a meeting and set up a group. For training contact ACT-SA or anti-corruption authorities in your country. ACT-SA has manuals that the groups can adopt.
Setting up an Anti-Corruption School Club
Students at schools, colleges and universities are urged to form anti-corruption clubs. This gives them an opportunity to dialogue on corruption and related issues.
The Manual on setting up clubs can be downloaded from here. Also available is a brochure for more information on the same
How you can get involved?
- Set up a Club at your school, college and university
- Carry out anti-corruption campaigns at your school, college, university and community;
- Report corruption at your school, college, university and community
Signing a Youth Charter against Corruption
The youth are the leaders of today and tomorrow. It is thus important for them to be upright and be men and women of integrity throughout their lives. The Youth Charter against Corruption is an initiative of the youth themselves.
In keeping thereof, all individuals who promise to be clean and upright throughout their lives should sign this Charter below. There will be a monitoring framework to ensure that all the signatories abideby what they have signed for.
Youth Charter against Corruption.
Coordinated by the Youth Desk Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa
1 Jacaranda Street, Kwekwe, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263(0) 783887762/ +263 (0) 784490660
E-mail: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
RECALLING AND CONCURING with the opening preamble to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) that:
“Corruption is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish…………. Corruption hurts the poor disproportionately by diverting funds intended for development, undermining a Government’s ability to provide basic services, feeding inequality and injustice and discouraging foreign aid and investment. Corruption is a key element in economic under performance and a major obstacle to poverty alleviation and development”.
FURTHER NOTING that our Zimbabwean leaders have denounced corruption and all its common forms, and ranked it as one of the greatest enemies to national sustainable development.
ACKNOWLEDGING that the 10-Point Plan for Economic Growth which His Excellency President Robert Gabriel Mugabe unveiled in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on the 25thof August 2015, prioritized anti-corruption as one of the strategies towards economic growth.
REALISING that the youth in whose hands the future rests suffer more because of corruption
NOTING WITH CONCERN that our future is bleak if this scourge of corruption is not curbed. Jobs are lost and continue to be lost because of corruption. The quality of education received by the youth is undermined. We are convinced that the world is no better place if corruption is allowed to flourish.
REAFFIRMING that the youth play an active role in eradicating corruption and all its common forms.
NOW THEREFORE, we herein commit ourselves to fight corruption and rally behind our leaders who have denounced and committed themselves to fight it. To this end, we hereby make the following commitments as Zimbabwean youths:
- We will not or at all, be part to any corrupt activities;
- We will report any act of corruption and ensure that our reports are taken seriously by authorities to whom we report;
- We will use our power as active citizens to ensure that all individuals and institutions whom we can educate and influence including our family members do not or at all take part in corrupt activities and
- We will denounce corruption wherever and whenever it happens, regardless of whoever commits this evil.
The above is a life time commitment and hereby agrees to be bound by this pledge. We shall make efforts to ensure that this commitment is adhered to and respected by all the signatories through a periodic monitoring and evaluation framework.
In the event that any one of us whose signature is appended below violates this Commitment, relevant punitive action will be taken by a self-regulatory youth anti-corruption structure which we are going to establish. Through the signatures below, we authorise this Pledge to be displayed publicly and be available for public use and scrutiny.
We hereby sign:
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