Salary scandals criminal: Moyo

HARARE - Jonathan Moyo, the Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister, has launched a blistering attack on politicians opposed to the ongoing Salarygate exposés, saying attempts to defend or hide corruption revealed “nothing but unacceptable extensions of the same corruption”.

Moyo broke his silence and apparently hit back at Vice President Joice Mujuru after she denounced the corruption crackdown last week saying it was a dirty operation to smear the administration and undermine the country’s progress.

Moyo told the Daily News last night that there was absolutely nothing political or sinister about widespread media reports of the shocking corruption which he said took root with the advent of dollarisation in many of the 78 parastatals or State enterprises.

The minister of Information said the individuals against the corruption exposure in the media were doing so “against Zanu PF policies, against government policies, against the national interest and against the laws of the country”.

Mujuru said those behind the investigation were trying to vandalise the party from inside, in apparent reference to Moyo, who is the only Cabinet minister who has appeared to be serious about the fight against corruption.

But Moyo hit back and hailed the media for tackling corruption adding that there was nothing political about exposing corruption.

“The fact of the matter is that corruption is criminal and not political. As such, the important and relevant test is not the motive of those who are exposing it but whether or not the corruption being alleged in the media reports actually took place.

“This is a factual and not a political question.”

At an extraordinary politburo meeting on Friday, President Robert Mugabe vowed to pursue corrupt high-flyers after securing an unassailable five-year mandate in the historic July vote,  raising expectations that he will tackle graft more forcefully.

Moyo said it was  common cause that, from a factual point of view, what has been reported so far by the mainstream media about the so-called Salarygate has been truthful.

“Individual executive managers in parastatals, State enterprises or local authorities have been receiving obscene salaries and allowances without approval of the relevant boards or with the corrupt connivance of chairpersons of those boards which have been dysfunctional,” Moyo said. 

“Even worse, there’s evidence that these executive managers and the conniving chairpersons of some boards have also been colluding with some elements in the private sector to corrupt the procurement process with the result of compromising service delivery while corrupting the prices of goods and services to the detriment of the national economy.

“None of this is political.  It is all criminal. Corruption is not revolutionary but it has always been a reactionary assault against the public good and the national interest.

“The culprits behind Salarygate are individuals and the beneficiaries are the same individuals, their families, friends and cronies at the expense of the public given that the parastatals, State enterprises and local authorities in question are supposed to serve the public and not individuals who run these organisations.”

Moyo’s remarks come in the wake of on-going exposés, one of which involves retired Premier Services Medical Aid Society (Psmas) board chief executive Cuthbert Dube’s five-digit earnings — broken down as $92 000 in his Psmas salary and another $138 000 from PSMI, and the nascent Zambian operation.

In the aftermath of the exposé, presidential spokesperson George Charamba and Luxon Zembe have been “touted” as some of the high-earning members at the society, and despite Psmas’ $40 million debts.

However, the Psmas board, which comprised three permanent secretaries, Charamba, Constance Chigwamba and Pretty Sunguro, has been dissolved, apparently after intervention from higher offices — or at least the authority which appointed it.

While Finance ministry senior staffer Meisie Namasasu has incurred her employer’s wrath over her role in the unravelling saga — following her suspension — the board claims it dissolved itself in shame.

Authorities are said to be pursuing corruption cases at Air Zimbabwe, Zinara, CMED, Rural Electrification Agency (Rea), ZBC and Marange Resources among others.

Three Air Zimbabwe (Private) Limited bosses, Peter Chikumba, 59, Grace Nyaradzai Pfumbidzai, 49 and Innocent Mavhunga, 53, were detained over the weekend in the country’s biggest corruption probe since Mugabe swept to power last July.

“...It is not right for anyone to claim that the palpably corrupt and clearly criminal conduct of the offending individuals in the concerned parastatals, State enterprises or local authorities is political in any way,” Moyo said.

“It is understandable why some of the individuals who stand exposed for their corruption will seek refuge under the politics of factionalism in Zanu PF or under any other political pretext and excuse.

“While this predictable stance might fool some among us, the majority of Zimbabweans who are the victims of the Salarygate corruption will not be fooled but will demand full accountability and restitution without fear or favour.”

Tensions have grown in recent weeks between protagonists in the ruling Zanu PF over plans to widen the crackdown which the Mujuru faction claims is targeted at them.

Moyo said attempts to defend or hide the corruption revealed by Salarygate were nothing but unacceptable extensions of the same corruption. 

“The first line of attack against corruption is by exposing it,” Moyo told the Daily News.

“There’s no better way of exposing it in a balanced and factual manner than through the media without engaging in witch hunts or cover ups.

“There just be must be no sacred cows or bulls. Once exposed, corruption must be investigated by relevant law enforcement authorities and prosecutions must follow the cases where prima facie evidence is established.”

Comments (53)

Go Moyondizvo go!! Hatidi huwori. We wont tolerate coating this grave matter with political grandstanding,

Don Wezhira - 17 February 2014

Jono is a man among man-he is a man of intergrity because if he had skeletons he would not be this adamant.Most of these politicians have no intergrity at all hence the quietness.Forget about the ZANU split-if i did not share in the corrupt spoils i will speak up. There are two things here some are opportunists who want to stay in power and some are soiled in corruption so the issue is they can not throw stones because they are in glass houses.As Zimbos we need to vote for Jono for president as an independent candidate . I salute him he is a real proffessor because you want candidates who challenge the status quo to move forward. In the next election do not vote for stoogies,vote for people who think not people who can not even interpret the budget. Most of these people are soiled so guys lets spill the beans-this country belongs to everyone.Why should we be the ones suffering .We need to rise up and make sure their children will not enjoy these spoils. Kufa kwababa zvarova,we are tired of this !!!

Talita Kumi - 17 February 2014

Go Moyo Go! We konw you can fix it Jonso. We are behind you all the way!!!

spiffy - 17 February 2014

Zimbos are not to forgetful of your deeds

Forget You Not - 17 February 2014

Zimbos are not to forgetful of your deeds

Forget You Not - 17 February 2014

The professor is on the winning side and that is the people's side regardless of political affiliation. In fact his stance on corruption has even eclipsed the clueless but greedy Tsvangirai and his self-named MDC-T party who became willing and eager accomplices to the gravy train during the days of GNU.Mujuru is on the loosing side and only her corrupt acolytes support her stance.Academically she is also a big looser to the high flying,academically gifted Professor Moyo.

tmutekwe - 17 February 2014

I know I may be going overhoard with this..but the good professor is talking like a man of the people..It is a long time since Zimbabweans saw this from their political class. If anything he should be rewarded and the people who have suffered no end from the silence on these issues SAY A PRAYER FOR HIM EVERYDAY! One hopes some of the Ministers join him in this crusade..As presently constituted the President has done a master stroke by backing him to the hilt. He may be coarse, voluble and narcissistic but NO ONE can take this away from him..he just may have SAVED the children of Zimbawbwe with this masterstroke. I never thought I would say this but I join others who pray for him. I hope the churches out there will take time to do the same and they SHOULD also raise their voices against this EVIL extractive and smelly practice.

gutter poet - 17 February 2014

BULL CRAP Moyo announced the appointment of 44-year-old telecoms entrepreneur Dennis Magaya as the new chairman (ZBC Board). Who is Dennis Magaya (Dr) Well well well. lets see.... Financial Gazette can reveal that Dennis Magaya, a business strategy consultant who was controversially appointed by State-owned ZESA Holdings' subsidiary Powertel Communications in 2012, is earning a monthly salary of about US$44 000. Have we run out of professionals in Zim to keep cycling scandal ridden individuals??? Next you will hear Masimirembwa is heading PSMAS!! watch!

idi amin dada - 17 February 2014

kudos to you jonathan moyo.pleae may you expose ministers who took vehicles from the parastatals they headed too. eg did tendai savanhu reurned the landcruiser he took from hwange.didnt chombo took a vehicle from zupco.didnt mushowe took vehicles at cmed when he was transport minister.didnt minister loot cmed.didnt ministers took kickbacks from boards they appointed.vivah jonathan moyo coz u r my heroe

soko mukanya - 17 February 2014

Beware DR NKULULEKO SIBANDA kade sesizwile ngokukombizwela abafazi bethu lemali ye corruption nja yomuntu

mhofela - 17 February 2014

I wish he was in Mohadi,s shoes things would look much Brighter with this type of a stance kkkkkkkkk, Mr Mugabe please we bag you wooo can Moyo be Minister of Home Affairs

Home Affairs - 17 February 2014

The educated professor is very correct on corruption but my sincerest advise to him is he is ruffling some furthers and should always check his rear view mirror henceforth. Remember Chindori Chininga ZANUPF is not a party for those who are morally might .We are also intrerested in the Shabanie mine issue and to know who controls gold curtels in the Midlands province.Otherwise keep it up professor.

Aluta continua - 17 February 2014

For Sale ;(1) VW amarok 2010 model twin cab full house .Mag wheels,roll bar,Nudge bar,Milage 34 712 km .(2) toyota Hilux D4D pick up (2,5) ,44070 km milage ,2011 model.with tinted window canopy .S.A assembly. (3) Nissan truck CPB12 .1990 model .drop sides . contact Claudie 0772 831 511

claudious - 17 February 2014

Whether the fire is hot or just fire without heat will be seen by the reaction of those who touched it. If the people dont see Dube, Mahachi, Muchechetere in pain of the fire they touched, then it's fake fire with nothing to offer the public but gives a lot to those starting it. TOMIRIRA KUONA KUTI MARI YEDU INODZOKA HERE.

Ziziharinanyanga - 17 February 2014

good going Moyo. you have shown us that yu have truly repented.

jonso - 17 February 2014

For Sale ;(1) VW amarok 2010 model twin cab full house .Mag wheels,roll bar,Nudge bar,Milage 34 712 km .(2) toyota Hilux D4D pick up (2,5) ,44070 km milage ,2011 model.with tinted window canopy .S.A assembly. (3) Nissan truck CPB12 .1990 model .drop sides . contact Claudie 0772 831 511

claudie - 17 February 2014

i salute |Jonathan Moyo...u got my vote Jonah i salute

Bambo - 17 February 2014

Sir Claudious, I am suggesting you contact Cuthie of the Dube clan. I think you will smile all the way to the bank. He has all our money ufunge!

Overman Sanatorium - 17 February 2014

hail jonso

mapu - 17 February 2014

Professor Moyo you have done the nation proud please keep up the good work of exposing all the corrupt buffoons notwithstanding their political orientation. Zimbabweans don't just care whether one is in Mujuru's or Mnangagwa's camp-what they care about is for public officials to be honest, transparent, morally upright and civil. Please don't hide behind factionalism-if you are corrupt you are corrupt and the only viable thing would be to repent and apologise to the marginalised and toiling masses of Zimbabwe. Jona you are my hero-assist Gushungo to clean the mass in all parastatals, local authorities and Government itself. I am sorry for those politicians who see factionalism whenever corruption is being exposed because Zimbabweans, including us Chiefs, are extremely angry.

Chief Charumbira - 17 February 2014

I say it again! MOYO is AN IDIOT. He is lying about corruption he is insincere!! y get that Dr. Magaya? READ AGAIN..... BULL CRAP Moyo announced the appointment of 44-year-old telecoms entrepreneur Dennis Magaya as the new chairman (ZBC Board). Who is Dennis Magaya (Dr) Well well well. lets see.... Financial Gazette can reveal that Dennis Magaya, a business strategy consultant who was controversially appointed by State-owned ZESA Holdings' subsidiary Powertel Communications in 2012, is earning a monthly salary of about US$44 000. Have we run out of professionals in Zim to keep cycling scandal ridden individuals??? Next you will hear Masimirembwa is heading PSMAS!! watch!

idi amin dada - 17 February 2014

Jonah is FAKE!!!! Mese murikuvharwa! This is not a genuine fight against corruption! ITS a farse he is pulling wool over your eyes! I c u Jonah! FAKE!!!!!

The Truthful One - 17 February 2014

you the best zimbabwe has ever had. keep working mr moyo

timz - 17 February 2014

ZanuPF ikaSolva nyaya yeCorruption then it sont need to campaign in 2018. Go Jonso Go...

Baramkata - 17 February 2014

Mujuru v Moyo: Maybe chikoro makes a difference after all

spraga - 17 February 2014

Kkkkk Rega ndiseke zvangu. Jonathan Moyo being sincere about corruption? Since when? Where has he been since he joined ZANU PF. He was Minister of Information before and corruption was rife, did he ever act or attempt to expose it? Zimbabweans are just blindfolded by these selfish politicians who always come up with different tactics to hoodwink the people. Of all people Jonathan will never be a corrupt free man. He has just appointed his own people and watch this space and see what is going to happen. Corruption needs to be truly nipped in the bud but expecting Jonathan to be genuine is like expecting the sun to rise from the west. He may be exposing it but he has his own agenda than being of service to the nation. Wait and see.

Chando - 17 February 2014

I am suspicious of Moyo too. He seems to have taken the opportunity as minister to place his people (to be read as people from where he "comes from") at strategic media institutions, Herald, Chronicle, ZBC board etc. And he has tried to win over the private media he was once hostile too. And now winning over the public with his stance on corruption. Hmmm I am suspicious.

stix - 17 February 2014

You are far from being my favorite, but I think this time around you mean business. You seek our approval which you have won. You are the last man standing

PAPA ACTION - 18 February 2014

Comrade Moyo you seem to be tracing your roots back to the late 80s when you firmly stood for what is right without fear or favour. But would you care to explain the inclusion of tainted Magaya.

Jose - 18 February 2014

Since when has Jonathan Moyo been sincere? You daily news people are gullible. You are being used in factional fighting. You were banned previously by who for what by the way?

Patriot - 18 February 2014

Whatever comes out of this my respect for the prof has gone up a notch. He is fighting against insurmountable odds and to win or lose is not the issue here, at least you tried and that is what matters

chatunga - 18 February 2014

hi

tendai matongo - 18 February 2014

''...Once exposed, corruption must be investigated by relevant law enforcement authorities and prosecutions must follow the cases ''... This is it Jono, You have done your part and all in in your ability...do we have strong people like you especially from the police whr corruption has set roots to complete the good work you have started? I wish we had... i doubt we have...exactly wht you said, they all hide behind politics. Remember Gweru Congress, whr the president revealed that he knew people are using his name in corrupt activities...like he knows them by name. but what has been done...? Nothing. so this is whr I doubt, even the highest office on this land cannot deal decisively deal with corruption!!!

TaTanga - 18 February 2014

Whatever happened to Misihairambwi's corruption allegations? Zimbabweans must not let any of these issues slide into oblivion, too often we have been fooled by declarations that something will be done, even from the highest offices only for cases to go cold. Now is the time we the people show how serious we are about corruption by following up and making sure something is done. Lets start with Misihairambwi, to Chombo, and Mahachi, Muchechetere,Dube, and all the rest. They must all do time at Chikurubi and repay what they stole. Yes even Charamba must repay the excessive fees he got at PSMAS. No sacred cows

Concerned - 18 February 2014

This time around you have won my vote Mr Minister. Let`s work together against corruption, fraud and greed - in that way we might be able to bring back the Zimbabwe we have known since 1980s.

Zimoyo - 18 February 2014

Prof for president. Ongafuniyo kayekele.

mandoza - 18 February 2014

I know some people dont bbeieve what the Prof is doing coz we are used to underperforming minister. Lets congradulate him he is doing a greate job.

mandoza - 18 February 2014

We may need to ask ourselves is this being done in good faith or what.In politics they can do anything to shift the blame to someone (they call it whack the dog.Where we this investigation all along surely we they were sleeping at work.GNU was there they never raised a finger or eye to look into this corrupt practice.We are at levels where Nigeria was in terms of corruption.We cant surely put blame on sanctions when the very people we put in the place of being custodian to our Institutions fill there pockets at the expense of taxpayers.Thats the reason where by knpow one want to invest in all those parastate organisation because of this filthy corruption & lack of transparancey.When was the last time this parastate bring any meaning full profit to governmens coffer they are always milking government for more money yet know meanong full returns after that.Shame??????

tonderai - 18 February 2014

Please investigate huwori kuVID, the people who can drive are not getting licences, only those who can pay, but can't drive, are getting those licences, that's why our roads are no longer safe, see the carnage on our roads, can Some Minister somewhere there emulate Mr Moyo Jonathan, Zimbabwe, ifambike. Investigate all driving schools, they are the agencies of corruption, I can give names if you want and at VID we can supply names. Imagine Zimbabwe, some people are obtaining licences without even going to VID, only going to a driving school. I can give you names and the monies being charged and the channels used for that money to reach their intended hands

Huworihatidi - 18 February 2014

I LOVE YOU JONSO!!!!!!!!

Mancube Mwenewazvo - 18 February 2014

Well Zimbos, its high time you faced the truth; the game you play so well, always justifying evil deeds from your camp and shouting from the highest mountain about other camps. The net is closing in for corrupt people who do not want to repent. Even if you escape the law,your own wickedness will bring you down. Misodzi yevanhu munamato mukuru.

Muprofita - 18 February 2014

imwe sector ine uwori hwakashata its education sector please ongororai mashandire emaprimary schools ese ari mu Harare vana havasi kudzidza zvakanaka nenyaya dzema extra lessons anoitirwa muzvikoro ,vana wose vanomanikidzwa kubhadhara uyekuuita maextra lessons yeti isu vabereki tinobhadhara mainsentives kumaticha iwawa zvozi kana pasina dhora pazuva pamwana hapana homework hahusi uwori here ihwohwo chimwe chikoro chinoita zvakapusa kudai iZIMRE PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL FEES PAID TOTALLING TO $95 KUSANAGANISA NE MA TEACHER INCENTIVES pamwa them pozoti dhora pamwana pa zuva rekupa ticha. please PROF Moyo newamwe voona njodzi pazvinhu izvi tibatsirei tinoda zero torarence on corruption and build a better zim

dofo - 18 February 2014

If only we can have more Moyos in zpf and less Mujuruz, the better for Zmbabwe and zpf.

reason - 18 February 2014

If only we can have more Moyos in zpf and less Mujuruz, the better for Zmbabwe and zpf.

reason - 18 February 2014

Yah, i personally thinc Prof is correct. Handizive kana ane ake ma agendas but zvikubuda chete saka 4 dat thumbs up. Zvamakaita makaita henyu kare asi nhasi matigonera mbavha dzose ngadzibude pachena, Im sure with the Presidents support u will win this war. U have don ur part ko wer is police now. Murarega and don luk back prof I PERSONALLY SALUTE U on this. Munhu haunga goni zvese,but usatadze zvese. thax man. I never used to like yu but apa dai ndaive ne gud support, was gona support u. viva viva viva viva viva

tindo - 18 February 2014

CAN THE MINISTER PLIZ ALSO INVESTIGATE THE AWARDING OF A PRICE TO BEATRICE TONHODZAI THROUGH ZIMBABWE OPEN UNIVERSITY. I THINK THERE IS ALSO A CONSPIRACY BECAUSE SHE WAS AWARDED A PRICE IN A PROGRAMME SHE WAS NOT STUDYING YET THE PRICE WAS SPONSERD BY ZBC. THE BEST STUDENT IN THAT CARTIGORY WAS GIVEN A PRICE IN THE WRONG PROGRAMME TOO. THIS HAPPENNED IN THE BACHELOR OF ARTS MEDIA STUDIES AND BACHELOR OF ARTS SPECIAL HONOURS IN MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES. EVERUONE CAN CHECK IN THE GRADUATION BOOKLET. SORRY POOR Z.O.U IF YOU WERE ALSO INVOLVED

zvedu - 18 February 2014

Zvekuti Moyo ari genuine or not hazvichineyi.he has done his part by unearthing some of the rot.ko iwe waiteyiwo uchingozhamba kuti arikuvhara vanhu.pane vachatovharirwa rega uwone

wezvokwadi - 18 February 2014

Is there one government minister or senior civil servant or senior member of a parastatal board, who is will to submit to an independent audit on their financial situation and their tax status. If so, please volunteer.

David Wheeler - 18 February 2014

Mukoma Johnso muri kugona basa but be careful and always watch your back. That woman has too much resources and is connected to the most corrupt people of Zimbabwe who will put you down. These thugs will kill you my brother, there is a lot to lose.

MaMoyo - 18 February 2014

Appointing criminals to Boards is also CRIMINAL

Mukanya - 20 February 2014

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.