Chamisa appoints anti-graft panel

 Chamisa appoints anti-graft panel
Published: 17 October 2019
OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has appointed a five-member integrity and accountability panel to investigate cases of corruption in local authorities led by his party.

Addressing journalists at the MDC headquarters in Harare, Chamisa's spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said the 41-year-old former Kuwadzana legislator had appointed top lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu to lead the panel spurred on by the realisation that the country's major problem was dearth of integrity in public institutions.

"The president has zero tolerance for corruption so he has appointed an integrity and accountability panel that will be seized with investigating cases of corruption in local authorities and it has definitive terms of reference to keep the high standards that the party is associated with," Sibanda said, adding that other members of the panel will be announced in due course.

The MDC leads most of the urban councils in the country after winning the majority of the wards during last year's harmonised elections.

The 20-year-old party has since its formation in 1999 been battling corruption by its councillors in a development that saw its late founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai taking the unprecedented decision to fire all Chitungwiza municipality councillors on allegations of illicit land deals.

When Chamisa took over the reins after Tsvangirai's death last year, he also admitted that corruption was rife and underscored the need for councillors who have impeccable integrity.

"I told you when president Tsvangirai left me in charge; I said one thing we are not going to tolerate is corruption. If you are feeling thirsty and want to steal to enrich yourself and you have a habit of stealing do not contest for these positions," Chamisa told aspiring candidates ahead of last year's elections.

Meanwhile, Sibanda also announced that Chamisa had assigned specific duties on a rotational basis to his three deputies Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube and Lynnet Karenyi Kore.

Biti will be responsible for supervising all party activities relating to policy, ideology and local government while Ncube has been tasked with administration of the party, international relations and diplomacy.

On the other hand, Chamisa tasked Karenyi-Kore with overseeing the MDC in Parliament as well as the building of the party.
- dailynews
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