HARARE, July 9– The Speaker of Zimbabwe’s National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, has over-ruled the adoption of a motion by parliament to create an ad-hoc committee to investigate cases of corruption in the private and public sectors because the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) already exists to do just that.

The National Assembly adopted the motion in April following revelations of scandals involving heads of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) who were earning astronomical salaries while, in most cases, the businesses they headed were struggling.

Some of the highest paid CEOs included former Premier Services Medical Aid Society chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube who was earning more than 500,000 US dollars monthly.

The MP for Kambuzuma, Willias Madzimure, had moved the motion to investigate cases of corruption and restore governance and order in the private and public sectors.

The Speaker ruled that since there was the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) which was specifically created to deal with such issues, establishing an ad-hoc committee would only serve to create
unnecessary competition with the anti-graft body.

“The Chair rules that the resolution by the National Assembly to establish an ad-hoc committee to investigate corruption in the private and public sector is void,” he said. “The ad-hoc committee would usurp and interfere with the already existing functions of the ZACC.”

Mudenda said establishment of the ad-hoc committee would also be going against the Constitution of the country. “Parliament cannot be seen to be the one violating the same Constitution it makes by creating an ad-hoc committee that competes and usurps the powers of a constitutionally created body,” he said.

Since the revelations of the corruption cases, the government has capped salaries and perks for SOEs and local authorities bosses at 6,000 USD monthly. The government is also in the process of crafting a comprehensive salary structure for SOEs and local authorities through the Cabinet Committee on State Enterprises and Parastatals Development.