HARARE – Accountants have been called upon to alert authorities when they unearth anomalies if Zimbabwe is to win the war against corruption.

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Giving a keynote address at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants Zimbabwe’s 30thanniversary celebration conference, Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa underscored the pivotal role accountants play in the growth and development of the country as they manage financial resources.

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Corruption has been identified as one of the major threats to the country’s attainment of its economic goals.

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“To build a sustainable economy, we need accountants as these are the tax collectors. In order to meet set economic targets we need to nip corruption in the bud and that is where accountants come in,” said Mnangagwa.

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Mnangagwa urged the Institute of Certified Public Accountants Zimbabwe to also assist government in perusing investment deals so that the country is not prejudiced of revenue.

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The Institute’s president, Dr Katazo Mbetu says they intend to train employees in the public sector involved in finances on financial reporting.

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“We are now engaging all those in government and are involved with finances to be trained on financial reporting so that we lessen cases of corruption in the country.  We have come up with a curricular that will cater for all those who will undergo the training,” said Dr Mbetu.

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The Institute of Certified Chartered Accountants Zimbabwe was founded in 1984 as the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Finance and Accountability.

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The main purpose of its establishment was to provide a qualification of the highest standard for accountants working in the public sector.