As such, State institutions set up to combat corruption and crime, such as the National Prosecuting Authority, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and the Zimbabwe Republic Police will be required to publish reports once every quarter giving statistics on the:
• Number of arrests made;
• Number of successful prosecutions or convictions; and
• Value of money or property recovered, as a result of their interventions.
Furthermore, demonstrable efforts to recover proceeds of criminal activities, through the institution of Civil process against the offenders, in terms of section 4 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act [Chapter 9:07], will be called for.
Easy and ready access to information by the public will also enhance accountability of public institutions.
Given the high correlation between the incidence of corruption and the extent of bureaucratic red tape, under the auspices of the Ease of Doing Business, needless regulations will continue to be eliminated, while safeguarding the essential regulatory functions of the State.
Public Entities Corporate Governance and Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Acts
It is envisaged that the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act, which Act seeks to tighten, reorganize and improve our procurement system, will become effective 1 January 2018.
This will dispense with the former dispensation which had inherent weaknesses that resulted in Government awarding tenders to undeserving companies and individuals, to the detriment of cost considerations and service delivery.
In close association with this, it is intended that the Public Entities Corporate Governance Bill, which is currently before Parliament, be passed in the first quarter of 2018.
This Bill seeks to professionalise the manner in which Public Entities carry out their day to day functions, as well rationalise the remuneration payable to members and employees of such Public Entities.
This will do away with unsustainable remunerations that Board members formally award themselves.