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Zimbabwe anti-graft commission under attack

President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)The head of Zimbabwe’s Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) is in jail after the court first granted and then revoked his bail.

And another member of the ZACC was taken into custody last week and held overnight for questioning.

The arrests began after after the ZACC tried to open corruption investigations into state-run institutions, including the Zimbabwe Mining and Development corporation.

Last week the European Union suspended most economic and trade sanctions against Zimbabwe after voters there approved a new constitution with a framework for an election to determine if President Robert Mugabe will contunue his 33-year rule.

The European Union first imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002, in protest of human rights abuses and violations of democracy under Mugabe’s rule.

It eased the sanctions to to encourage political and economic reform.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said through a spokesperson that the anti-graft commission ‘must be allowed to do its work.’

‘It’s an independent commission and must not be interfered with so as to enable the execution of its constitutional mandate,’ the spokesman said.

Here’s a report from Alex Bell of

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