CSO designs graft probe tracker

A CIVIC society organisation, Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA), has introduced Corruption Investigations and Prosecution Tracker, which in its latest exposé released details of an alleged corruption case involving officers at Redcliff Police Station, Midlands province.

The tracker was designed to provide the management of police, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) and other stakeholders with data and insights needed to monitor progress in the fight against corruption.

In an interview, ACT-SA director Obert Chinhamo yesterday told Southern Eye that the tracker will also be used to advocate for stronger anti-corruption measures.

Chinhamo said the tracker recently exposed three policemen who allegedly demanded bribes from business operators at Mutegude shopping centre in Simbi Park.

He said on June 14 this year, the three policemen were monitored as they allegedly moved door-to-door soliciting for bribes from businesses operating without licences.

“Upon receipt of the complaint, ACT-SA lodged a complaint with the officer-in-charge of Redcliff Police Station. ACT-SA believes that the reporting of a corruption case is not an end in itself, hence it introduced Corruption Investigations and Prosecution Tracker to monitor and analyse progress thereof, vis-à-vis the investigations of allegations and where possible prosecution of culprits if they are found to have a case to answer,” ACT-SA said in a report.

“ACT-SA monitors whether there would be disciplinary action taken against the suspects. In the context of the case of police details at Redcliff Police Station who allegedly solicited for bribes, ACT-SA tracks investigations and prosecution progress and whether they returned the money allegedly solicited from the said businesspersons in Redcliff.”

It alleged that they collected bribes ranging from US$10 to US$20 three times a month.