Zacc investigates minister for bullying officials to release Covid-19 quarantined relative
By Staff Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is investigating an unnamed government minister who allegedly bullied government functionaries to release a relative who was still undergoing compulsory quarantine.
Zacc chairperson Loice Matanda Moyo (pictured) has further threatened to come hard on connected individuals who use their political muscle to secure the release of relatives from Covid-19 quarantine facilities around the country.
“We strongly warn politicians, ministers and other Government officials against abusing their powers to remove people from quarantine in this Covid-19 era,” said Matanda-Moyo,
“As ZACC, we will not hesitate to arrest those who commit such a serious offence. That should never be done and we will arrest them without fear or favour.”
Said the Zacc boss, “We gathered information that the person was corruptly released from quarantine after some intervention by a relative who is a minister.
“We are investigating the case and if anyone is found on the wrong side of the law, he or she will be prosecuted.
“Whose relatives should be quarantined? Does that mean patients related to ministers or other high-ranking officials cannot spread the virus?”
Zimbabweans returning into the country are required to undergo at least seven days of compulsory quarantine as part of government measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.