Campaign against Corruption in Local Authorities

Campaign Focal PointBrenna Matendere
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Description of the IssueIn Zimbabwe local authorities play a critical role in ensuring good service delivery. They provide clean and potable water, vehicle-worthy roads, clinics, and schools, among other services.
However, the provision of these services is undermined by corruption perpetrated by both management and elected councillors.
In some cases these local authorities are used as ‘cash cows’ by some high profile politically exposed persons.
As a result of corruption, service delivery has been deplorable throughout the country with most of the local authorities affected by corruption.
What has ACT-SA done?

ACT-SA has for a long time been campaigning against corruption in Zimbabwean local authorities and urging the same to enact and implement internal anti-corruption policies. The following are some of the achievements made:

  • In Gokwe , ACT-SA carried out thorough investigations that unearthed corruption at the Gokwe Town Council.  The report drew the attention of relevant authorities that investigated and made some arrests.
  • In Shurugwi, ACT-SA carried out investigations that also drew the attention of relevant authorities. A former Chief Executive Officer of Tongogara Rural District Council was investigated and later lost his job.
  • In Redcliff, ACT-SA unearthed a possible case of conflict of interest in the procurement of some vehicles bought for senior staff members.

The following are some of the publications produced by ACT-SA that helped to inform some of its advocacy activities.

Report on Corruption at Gokwe Town CouncilDownload
Advancing Personal Enrichment at the Expense of Service Delivery in Zimbabwean Local Authorities: The Case of Gokwe Town CouncilDownload
City of Kwekwe Municipal Police Fuelling Transport Disorder and Corruption in the CityDownload

Responses in support and against the campaign

Forced leave for Gokwe town secretaryGokwe Town boss arrestedGokwe fires ‘corrupt’ town secretary
24 Feb 202431 January 2020By The NewsDay | Mar. 12, 2021 | 
GOKWE town secretary Alexander Nyandoro has been placed on forced leave to facilitate investigations into a slew of corruption cases which have rocked the local authority, The NewsHawks has learnt. Read MoreGokwe Town Council Melania Mandeya (49) has been arrested for alleged criminal abuse of office charges involving the flouting of tender procedures.  Read More.THE Gokwe Town Council has unilaterally resolved to dismiss its town secretary Melania Mandeya over a raft of corruption charges and being unqualified for the job. The council also fired finance director Joconia Nyoni on allegations of abetting Mandeya in her alleged corrupt activities. Read More