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Zim govt to set up 10 special courts to fight corruption

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has given corrupt officials until the end of next month to return money illegally stashed abroad.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is seen addressing a large crowd at the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria, South  Africa. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

HARARE – The Zimbabwe government is due to set up 10 specialised courts to try cases of corruption.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has given corrupt officials until the end of next month to return money illegally stashed abroad.

Chief Justice Luke Malaba made the revelation at the official opening of Zimbabwe's 2018 legal calendar on Monday.

He said a court with specially-trained staff would be set up in each of the 10 provinces, starting with Harare and Bulawayo.

Mnangagwa has promised to clamp down on corruption that flourished under his predecessor Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa gave prominent Zimbabweans until the end of February to return any looted public funds or face prosecution.

Tuesday’s state-run Herald quotes him as saying that millions of dollars had already been returned under the amnesty, but MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu wrote on Twitter that an exact breakdown of figures should be provided.