The Policy, Legislation and Institutional Monitoring (PLIM)-programme unit is a new initiative of TI-Z that came into existence at the beginning of 2012. The purpose of this unit is to review various policy and legislative provisions within the country (concerned with anti-corruption and good governance) including but not limited to national legislation. The purpose of reviewing policy and legislation is to identify gaps within the framework and to ultimately make recommendations for the improvement and strengthening of the anti-corruption framework in Zimbabwe.
To assist the Zimbabwean government in developing one of the most effective national anti-corruption strategies anchored on international instruments for effective implementation of domestic laws and institutions.
What PLIM Does
PLIM also places great emphasis on Zimbabwe's compliance with international and regional conventions such as theUnited Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), (where PLIM is currently conducting a parallel CSO report) and the African Union Convention for the Prevention and Combating of Corruption for example.
Another important function of PLIM is the collaboration with various state and non-state actors in order to offer technical expertise or assistance in fighting corruption. PLIM is currently working with the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Anti-Corruption Committee within this ministry, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and the Judicial Service Commission. PLIM launched the Ethics and Accountability Forum (EAF) in May 2012 which is a platform for academics, professionals, private corporations, government and non-government organisations to come together and discuss various issues concerning public and social accountability. The ultimate goal is to produce position papers or suggest solutions which can be used to influence policy or methods for addressing any issues discussed.
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The 2nd EAF was held on the 16th of August 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Harare. The topic was: Does the new draft Constitution adequately address issues of transparency, accountability and good governance?
The topic was identified based on the fact that COPAC announced its conclusion of the draft in July 2012. TI Z and the EAF are cognisant of the fact that this is a draft which, among other things, is still subject to the scrutiny of the principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) as well as a referendum by the people of Zimbabwe. However, it is still of the paramount importance for the EAF (and Zimbabweans in general) to take a keen interest in this document in order to assess its strengths and weaknesses and where necessary demand the inclusion or rejection of certain clauses. Such scrutiny will ultimately benefit all Zimbabweans to be in the position to cast a well-informed constitutional vote.
The new draft Constitution adequately addresses issues of transparency, accountability and good governance. This position was derived from the fact that there are many relevant and progressive clauses that have been included in this document that address transparency, accountability and good governance to a great extent. This means that a sufficient foundation is laid out in this draft to encourage and even mandate policy and legislation to this effect. Some noteworthy examples of this are as follows: The Preamble, Founding Values and Principals and National Objectives, the Executive; Legislature and Judiciary and Principles of Public Administration and leadership see the full position paper on the Media Centre section
PLIM Facilitates Anti-Corruption Committee within the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs (MoJLA)-The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs (MoJLA) has, in its steps to fight corruption, incorporated an Anti-Corruption Committee (hereinafter, "the Committee").
The Committee has recently come up with thirteen (13) strategies to eliminate corruption in the justice delivery system. The thirteen (13) strategies have by and large remained concepts and have not been conclusively fleshed out and/or implemented. As such, the Committee sought to have a strategic planning workshop which would not only flesh the ideas out but would also produce an implementation strategy.
TI Z (through PLIM) offered assistance to the Committee by taking steps to ensure that the Committee has a clear vision of what its goals are and how it intends on achieving them. As such, PLIM was not only involved in the administrative aspects of organising a strategic planning workshop but it also recommended a facilitator and inputted into the content of the workshop. This was done at a strategic planning workshop attended by twenty (20) MoJLA Anti-Corruption Committee members. This workshop was held at Cresta Lodge in Harare from the 21 – 22 June 2012.
This was a very smooth, fruitful and well attended event with senior members of the MoJLA (such as Deputy Minister Hon. O. Gutu and Acting Permanent Secretary Mr. M. Ranga) availing themselves and actively participating in the two (2) day process. PLIM is proud to have been an integral part of this process as it is the birth of a robust and novel anti-corruption mechanism in a ministry that is not only challenged by corruption but should also be one of the main players in the fight against corruption.