Zimbabwe’s Midlands Province is set to host the ccommemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day on Saturday in Gweru.
The ceremony will take place at an open space near OK Zimbabwe Supermarket and Midlands Hotel, bringing together individuals, organizations, and the government to reflect and renew the commitment to fight corruption.
This year’s commemoration is running under the theme “UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World Against Corruption,” marking the 20th anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Conventions Against Corruption (UNCAC).
In a statement, the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission has called upon all citizens to join the them in commemorating the international Anti Corruption Day.
“Midlands Province was chosen following the establishment of ZACC offices, in line with the Government of Zimbabwe’s devolution agenda. ZACC calls upon the people in the Midlands Province and the country at large to join the Commission in Commemorating this day and to show the world that in Zimbabwe, citizens are united against corruption,” reads the statement.
ZACC has adopted a deliberate approach of rotating the International Anti-Corruption Day commemorations among the country’s 10 provinces.
The event will emphasize the key messages of “Refuse, Resist, Report Corruption,” urging individuals to reject corrupt practices, stand against them resolutely, and report any instances of corruption.
The International Anti-Corruption Day was established by a resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly on October 9, 2003, with the aim of raising public awareness and mobilizing member states against corruption.
The commemorations come at a time where ZACC has been criticized for its perceived lack of action in combating corruption. The Commission has been accused of failing to arrest and prosecute corrupt officials. It has failed to effectively tackle corruption in Zimbabwe.