ZACC Faces Twitter Hacking Scandal As Controversy Grows

By Judith Matanire

Last night, Zimbabwe was thrown into turmoil as the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) issued a startling public notice revealing that their official X account had been compromised.

Signed by Commissioner Thandiwe Mlobane, the notice confirmed suspicions of a security breach and urged the public to disregard recent tweets from the handle. The commission asserted their last control over the account on June 20, 2024, at 18:25, leaving a gap of almost three days during which unauthorized posts were made.

The controversy began with a series of incendiary tweets posted by an individual purporting to be a senior ZACC employee, using the handle @MhepoYeNyika. The tweets, written in both Shona and English, exposed internal discord and accusations of high-level corruption within the commission.

One particularly damning tweet criticized the handling of cases involving convicted ZANU PF affiliate and alleged money launderer Wicknell Chivayo, suggesting that the commission was sidestepping serious charges in favor of superficial distractions.

The posts quickly spread across social media platforms, sparking intense debate among citizens and raising questions about the integrity of ZACC’s internal operations.

Supporters of the alleged whistleblower lauded the bravery in exposing corruption, while skeptics questioned the authenticity of the claims and the security measures in place at the commission. In response to the breach, ZACC reassured the public of its commitment to combat corruption and stated that efforts to regain control of the compromised account were underway.

However, the incident has cast a shadow over the commission’s credibility at a time when public trust in governmental institutions is already fragile.

This development comes shortly after ZACC issued an ultimatum to Chivayo and two others, Mike Chimombe and Moses Mpofuto present themselves for questioning regarding various allegations or face arrest. The ultimatum itself had already stirred controversy, with political activist Mahere criticizing what she perceived as unequal treatment under the law.

“We need new leaders,” Mahere tweeted, expressing frustration over what she viewed as preferential treatment for high-profile individuals accused of wrongdoing.

As Zimbabweans await further updates from ZACC regarding both the hacking incident and the allegations made against prominent figures like Chivayo, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the challenges facing the country in its fight against corruption. The aftermath of this breach will likely shape public perception of ZACC’s effectiveness and transparency in the days to come. Nhau/Indaba

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