5 years jail time for corruption too little
EDITOR — I am glad to see that President Mugabe approved a new law allowing senior public officials and Ministers to be sentenced for up to five years for corrupt activities involving millions.
My concern however is someone guilty of stock theft involving a couple of cattle worth a few thousand can be sentenced to between nine years and 25 years and in many cases much longer.
How can a person who has prejudiced the public of money running into thousands or millions be liable to just five years in prison or less?
It remains to be seen if corrupt public officials can face five years for each charge to run consecutively, and at least give the public the impression that some semblance of proportional justice is adhered to.
Perhaps someone who knows the law can also explain what options are available to recover pecuniary damages to the State and people apart from liquidating local assets of those persons eventually, if ever charged.
Also, what can be done to recover foreign assets where substantial sums have long left the country?
I sincerely feel that corruption inconveniences the whole country and as such, there should be at least 10 years for convicted public officials.
This is because as a result of their dishonesty, the country’s development potential is taken back by a couple of years every time corruption takes place.
There should be very scary repercussions almost close to that attracted by treasonous offences and this will ensure that people refrain from dishonest bahaviour in public office.
All the same, the five-year sentence is a good start and I hope to see it applied in the near future. Tapfuma V, Via email