By Lisa Masuku
The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has become the latest parastatal to set up an Integrity Committee in an attempt to strengthen its recapitalisation drive in line with the National Development Strategy.
In setting up the integrity committee, NRZ collaborated with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), which is taking the entity’s managers through a two-day training workshop on corruption.
The workshop which ends this Friday seeks to capacitate management with skills to deal with corruption and use the skills as a springboard for the parastatal’s revival.
NRZ General Manager, Ms Respina Zinyanduko said, “As you may be aware, NRZ is one of the big companies that will contribute towards the attainment of Vision 2030. We are one of the companies that will contribute to economic recovery. Our operations should be enhanced in such a way that we support the industry, especially the key industries. If we do our work transparently and combat corruption, it means our clients will be able to get value for money.”
With over 50 companies having set up integrity committees, ZACC views the establishment of integrity committees as key in the fight against graft as espoused in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) which Zimbabwe is a signatory to.
“The National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Integrity Committees are themselves effective, coordinated anti-corruption tools that have been developed and are being implemented in compliance with the UNAC which Zimbabwe is a state party to,” noted Ms Clara Nyakotyo, ZACC General Manager Prevention of Corruption.
Countries like Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia have successfully introduced integrity committees and they are producing positive results in the anti-graft fight.