Harare, The Chairperson of the Sports and Recreation Commission, Mr Gerald Nqobile Mlotshwa, together with his delegation, held an extremely productive meeting with the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission -Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo and her team at ZACC offices on 10 February 2020.
The two parties deliberated on areas of mutual interest and cooperation including the reconfiguration of the Sport and Recreation industry through the investigation of corruption in the sports sector, and generally, the enforcement of the tenets of good corporate governance.
The technical and investigative expertise of ZACC would be utilized in those areas involving the abuse of public funds by national sports associations and their office bearers.
The discussion also focused on areas of synergy particularly in relation to partnering on awareness initiatives to educate sport associations and their members on how to shun corruption and deal effectively with cases of corruption.
The meeting reiterated the need to use sport as a viable tool for disseminating anti-corruption messages in order to reduce incidences of financial malfeasance, the use of banned substances and unruly practices such as age cheating, amongst other concerns afflicting sport in Zimbabwe.
ZACC and SRC agreed upon the two officials from their respective organizations charged with the responsibility for the immediate and effective implementation of the foregoing areas of mutual concern.
This initiative resonates with the message delivered by the SRC Chairman during his address at the recently held Annual National Sports Awards where he unequivocally stated that the SRC being the governing body for sport and recreation was prepared to deal decisively with issues of poor corporate governance and corruption that had tainted the sector.
Meanwhile the SRC Board Chairman also met with the Prosecutor General Mr Kumbirai Hodzi to discuss various issues of mutual concern in sports. SRC Board Chairman said the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) was going to establish a specialist office for prosecution of sport related offences once the agreed framework was in place and that a designated Prosecutor was to be appointed and was to work closely with the SRC, ZACC and ZRP.