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ALAC update - June 2012
- Zimbabwe (TI-Z)
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brain-drain in rural areas When individuals pay bribes to access
basic human rights such as education, housing, property and the
right to participate in various spheres of life basic human rights
are violated. Despite calls for transparency and accountability
in country, corruption continues to permeate society especially
in the education and housing sector. Judging by the number of complaints
which have been received by ALAC, alleged corruption in the education
sector tops the list and if left unabated, Zimbabwe will lose what
has been gained in the last 32 years.
It is also disturbing
to note that there are alleged corrupt activities in country's ports
of entry. Such reports have a negative impact to the country considering
that Zimbabwe and Zambia will co-host the United Nations World Tourism
Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in 2013. Villagers in border
towns lament alleged corruption by immigration officials at country's
ports of entry especially in Plumtree.
In light of
this, Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI-Z), a non-partisan
and systems oriented local chapter whose broad mandate is to fight
corruption in all spheres of life, through its specialised Advocacy
and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) continues to update the Zimbabwean
community on topical corruption issues as reported by the public.
ALAC is a public initiative for citizens to report, articulate corruption
issues and to proffer preventive measures to tackle this social
evil (corruption) which is disturbingly becoming part of our daily
lives. ALAC also provides FREE legal advice services. Although open
to all sectors, ALAC has special focus to poor and low income communities.
ALAC updates are meant to raise awareness on corruption issues and
also empower citizens to be able to demand transparency and accountability
in their respective constituencies. To date, ALAC has advised more
than 1300 clients through walk-in centres, Public Meetings and those
assisted through Mobile Legal Aid Clinics (MLACs). MLACs give communities
(especially those who cannot travel to TI-Z walk-in centres) access
to free legal advice at the comfort of their respective constituencies.
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