ALAC is a new anti-corruption initiative providing free legal aid services to victims and witnesses of corruption and seeks to empower male and female citizens to demand accountability and transparency. It is a community service centre that offers both pragmatic services to individuals, communities, companies and institutions who are victims of corruption or witnesses to corruption by giving legal aid and advice. The advocacy aspect of the centre focuses on public education and prevention strategies based on cases and complaints lodged and collated by the centre on a quarterly basis. ALAC seeks to facilitate the engagement of the public in the fight for transparency and accountability and to provide legal advice to victims of corruption in Zimbabwe. Thus, ALAC seeks to:
The ALAC project rejects the notion that people are indifferent in the face of corruption. People do become actively involved in the fight against corruption when they are provided with simple credible and viable means to do so. The project allows us to reflect on the real experiences of the people, which enhance the legitimacy of advocacy campaigns.
To prevent false expectations from the clients, it is important to clarify ALAC’s capacities and limitations. The following are some of the guidelines on what ALAC does and does not do.
What does ALAC do?
ALAC empowers clients to pursue their complaints and as such, it plays a facilitation role in the client’s pursuant of their cases. The Centre assists clients to: