Minister Moyo faces fraud charges

HARARE - As Zanu PF’s deadly factional and succession wars continue to burn red hot, it has emerged that Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Godfrey Gandawa are facing serious fraud, money laundering and criminal abuse of office charges which could see them hauled before the courts in the next few days.

Papers in the possession of the Daily News suggest that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) has since July this year been investigating allegations of corruption and fraudulent activities at the Higher Education ministry and the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) which falls under Moyo and Gandawa’s purview.

The anti-corruption commission is alleging that Moyo, Gandawa and Zimdef chief executive Frederick Mandizvidza are at the centre of the alleged multiple corrupt and fraudulent activities running into tens of thousands of dollars.

Concerted efforts to get comments from Moyo, Gandawa, Mandizvidza and Zacc before the Daily News went to print last night drew blanks. But sources sympathetic to Moyo claimed that the allegations were part of “malicious manoeuvres” by Moyo’s Zanu PF enemies to destroy him and his allies.

“Listen, this is definitely not about corruption or fraud. It’s about the ongoing bloodletting in the party, as well as attempts by Team Lacoste (the Zanu PF faction rallying behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa) using its control of key State apparatus to destroy all G40-linked comrades,” a perceived close ally of Moyo said.

Moyo and Gandawa are featured together on counts 2, 7 and 8 of the charge sheet prepared by Zaac, with count 2 alleging that the minister was a beneficiary of bicycles that he donated to his constituency in Tsholotsho after Gandawa allegedly siphoned $95 800 from Zimdef and deposited it into the account of a company run by a relative of his.

“The four accused persons (Moyo, Gandawa, Mandizvidza and a Shepherd Honzeri), acting in connivance and with criminal intent to defraud Zimdef, transferred $95 800 from Zimdef to Wisebone Trading purportedly for the purchase of 10x3 Dimension printers meant for distribution to the engineering departments of eight polytechnic and two industrial training colleges in the country.

“Wisebone Trading is a company that is into agro-chemicals and engineering and is not in any way into information and communication technology.

“After the money was transferred to Wisebone Trading, CABS Account Number 9016491588, accused 1 (Gandawa) caused Walter Chasara the then director of Wisebone Trading to withdraw part of the money in cash and hand it over to him.

“The accused persons later caused the transfer of $70 430, being the balance after the cash withdrawals, into accused 1’s company, Fuzzy Technologies’ NMB Bank account number 280071258, domiciled at Avondale Branch.

“The accused persons later caused several cash withdrawals from accused 1’s NMB bank account. Sometime in December 2015, accused 3 (Honzeri) approached HIB Rajput PL, trading as Ace Cycles, a company in Bulawayo which deals with cycles, and placed an order for the purchase of 173 gents bicycles,” Zacc said.

The anti-corruption body also alleges that the quartet had transferred $19 030 from Mandizvidza’s account to Ace Cycles, as payment for the cycles — with Honzeri allegedly further purchasing 62 gents and four ladies’ bicycles and transferring $7 260 to Ace Cycles.

“The bicycles were later collected and handed over to accused 4 (Moyo) for distribution in Tsholotsho. When the accused persons made this misrepresentation they knew that the money was not meant for the purchase of the said printers ... As a result of this misrepresentation, Zimdef suffered an actual prejudice of $95 800 and nothing was recovered,” Zacc added.

“Zimbabwe Manpower Planning and Development Act Chapter 28:02, which governs Zimdef has no provision for personal loans. On 19 October 2015, the deputy minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Sciences and Technology . . . G Gandawa corruptly applied on behalf of the trustee . . . J Moyo a personal loan for $24 000 which was later processed by Mandizvidza.

“The money was then deposited into the trustee’s personal bank account. . . . Gandawa applied for the loan and . . . Mandizvidza ... authorised it knowing that it falls outside the mandate of the fund. On the other hand, the trustee benefited illegally and the three acted unlawfully. Zimdef was prejudiced of $24 000 and it was recovered,” it said.

On Count 8, Moyo, Gandawa and Honzeri stand accused of violating the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act, Chapter 9:24, which relates to how the $95 800 was withdrawn from the Zimdef account.

In a cryptic tweet early yesterday on microblogging site Twitter, Moyo said he was “Recharging for the big fight!” while replying to a message from Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere who had wished him a speedy recovery from a heavy bout of flu which had laid him low, and which had seen him miss the official opening of Parliament by President Robert Mugabe.

Earlier, Moyo had similarly tweeted: “Everyone knows who the thieving tribalists & murderers are. If you don’t know them you are a fool or one of them. Down with tribalism! ... Factionalists, successionists & tribalists reckon they can get away with corrupting & abusing institutions & due processes! #HandeiTione!”.

The spokesperson of former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party, Jealousy Mawarire — who has had running political battles with Moyo for some time — had also alleged on Twitter on Wednesday that Zacc intended to swoop on Moyo after the minister allegedly failed to heed the commission’s request for him to report at its offices on Tuesday.

Moyo immediately hit back at Mawarire, denying the claim and implying that Zacc commissioners were abusing their positions.

“Factionalists, secessionists (and) tribalists reckon they can get away with corrupting (and) abusing institutions (and) due processes,” he wrote on Twitter.

Only last week, the Daily News reported that the Zanu PF faction rallying behind Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential aspirations, which had for months been on the receiving end of a ruthless pummelling from its ruling party foes, was said to have wrestled back the initiative in the former liberation movement’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars.

Well-placed sources told the newspaper that Team Lacoste, as the Mnangagwa camp is known, appeared to have weathered the storm in the ruling party’s brutal dog-fight to succeed President Robert Mugabe — with their nemesis, the Generation 40 (G40) group, the one whose alleged kingpins were now under serious pressure.

“The struggle continues, and we (Lacoste camp) are still standing. In fact, we are going strong again. If you have been watching what’s going on in the past few weeks, you will also have seen that our enemies (G40) are now the ones who are on the back foot,” a senior Zanu PF official linked to the VP’s faction said.

At the same time, analysts and insiders told the Daily News then that Team Lacoste was well-positioned to pick up all the spoils in the event that Mugabe left office before the end of his term, ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

However, a Zanu PF bigwig who spoke to the Daily News expressed the fear that should such an eventuality happen, it would spawn political chaos in the country — although he was also quick to add that Team Lacoste would enjoy many advantages at that point.

“It’s true that it’s dog-eat-dog in Zanu PF right now because of that constitutional clause (which says the last acting president will temporarily take charge of the country).

“The aspect of the last acting president taking over from Gushungo (Mugabe) has given the party headaches because it has become a gambling Game of Thrones, with both factions wishing to capitalise on this.

“Even though whoever takes over temporarily will have to seek internal (Zanu PF) endorsement within 90 days, Team Lacoste also has an upper hand here as it already has strong structures throughout the country.

“At any rate, there is no one of similar political weight to Ngwena (Mnangagwa) in the other camp who can go toe-to-toe with him if Gushungo is not there,” the party bigwig who claims to be non-aligned in its ugly ructions said.

Comments (31)

JOIN THE UNEMPLOYED GRADUANDS YOU TWITTER SCOLDED jonathan! Or is it your enrolment @ Chikurubi is nearly complete!!!? Kikikikikiikikikikikikii. We told you yesterday Jonathan your day is coming!! Zvaiwana ngwarati - and all the looters your day is coming.

Daniel5 - 7 October 2016

At least Mugabe must campaign using this as a president who now seriously agnist corruption!!!!!!! But the question is,,,can he put this Moyo in jail????The answer is no,he is not going to do that.He is not even going to talk about it. Thieves!!!!!!

matsotsi - 7 October 2016

The corrupt professor.Stop being a cheerleader for the president. Everyone knows what you are now!

Young Zimbo - 7 October 2016

One day you are in the public eye threatening students innocently wanting jobs after graduating now you are in public eye for corruption Way to go Moyo You obviously have some crucial information on Bob -you and Kasukuwere -we also know you will get away with it You should be stripped off your doctorate -we simply cant have a corrupt Dr =its way more serious than embarrassing the president for exercising your democratic rights

Naphiri Chisayi - 7 October 2016

"Everyone knows who the thieving tribalists & murderes are. ..." Jona, your statement says it all. What is left is for you is to tell us the GRAND PLAN Mugabe and his wife Grace has for our country. If you can only come out sharp shoot to tell Zimbabwean this secret then you will be our hero. It does not help us at all for you to behave like a woman in the location (mai vemurokesheni) shouting to another woman across the fence about your party Zanu-PF. That is of no interest to us. We have to move on with our lives as Zimbabbweans - Zanu-PF or no Zanu-PF. Come on Jona, you are a professor. There comes a time a man has to man up enough to do the right thing for his country. This is the time - and you are well placed to do that. You cannot not allow Mugabe the foreigner to destroy our country when ypou are in a position to save us. You are educated enough to know who your enemy is.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 7 October 2016

mandizvidza and his principal director mapute are more than corrupt. if an audit was done on zimdef the figure would run into millions

carol - 7 October 2016

Jonathan kikiki

Slim Cat - 7 October 2016

the idiots at zacc must resign as they have shown not to have any iota of intergrity nor professionalism,this is no longer funny,yu have corruption where millions are stolen,if not billions and zacc chooses to purse factionalism by pursing alleged fraud of less than hundred thousand dollars,zacc do not take zimbos for idiots,VP mpoko is vindicated for releasing zinara executives which yu had arrested,we formed zacc in the hope that yu would unravel corruption cases prejudicing the country of millions of dollars and yu have the temerity to come up with such a case,anyway go ahead and take the proffessor to court where yu will be ruthlessly exposed,zacc,anything on land deals,netone corruption etc,zanu pf factional fights are deadly and zacc will be the casuality

truth - 8 October 2016

@masamba akareyo,furnish us with information yourself that proves that the president is a foreigner and yu are zimbabwean or otherwise just shut up

truth - 8 October 2016

They is nothing surprising here most of us know that Moyo is a fraudster after he did the same in Kenya where he ate the money at a university . When he rejoined zanu we knew he was doing so for the purpose of njonja nothing else bcoz he knows clearly that zanu is finished and on the way out so he is making hay while the sun is still shining before it complete becomes cloudy in 2018 . As for the president being foreigner that is known by everyone his father a Malawian carpenter who met Bona at Kutama mission where she was a teacher and the Malawian a carpenter who was working with missionaries and Bona isr from chief Mugabe in Masvingo. James Chikerema his uncle told us that .

Diibulaanyika - 8 October 2016

@diibulaanyika,moyo is an enemy to yu tribalists because yu like the mp from matebeleland who does not develop his constituency,moyo has ruffled yo feathers as yu believe the people of tsholotsho should be in perpetual poverty,matebeleland is a part of zimbabwe and even contributing more than its fair share to the fiscus and getting very little in return from the national purse,it therefore becomes very laughable if moyo gives chiefs bicycles and its termed fraud,shame on yu diibulaanyika

truth - 8 October 2016

You see that is where the problem in zim is bcoz we are talking about Moyo being a thief to the nation not Matebeleland now we have this idiot Truth hallucinating and hallucinating about tribal things trying to protect a suspect thief who has conned the nation whether Moyo did what in Tsholotsholo which some of us who travel a lot and informed know he has done nothing meaningful to pple of Tsholotsho of course and he remains a nonsense to all sane pple in zim .

Diibulaanyika - 8 October 2016

and how bout the corruption at Management Training Bureau (MTB) ?. One of the Zimdefs' operations where two senior managers by the names of Chimedza and Nancy are looting via proxy companies and unprocedural payments; also becoz of the fact that the institution is never properly audited??? Look into that one Zacc and see what the comes out

TruthSaid - 8 October 2016

Lets hope people of Tsholotsho will benefit from Moyo 's project of stealing which fools like Truth support so much . .

Diibulaanyika - 8 October 2016

nonsense@diibulaanyika,our boys traced yu to binga as your rural home,tell us of the development there

truth - 8 October 2016

Why strain a fly to enable your selves to swallow a camel? You are hiding bigger scandals and seek to paint Minister Jonathan Moyo in such bad light why? There is non like him as an MP in Matabeleland.

April 7 - 8 October 2016

Professor Moyo is innocent. This is a man of integrity, honesty..a true gentleman. All this talk about corruption is a western imperialist plot against the elected leaders of Zimbabwe. Code Mugabe must stop this nonsense against the professor.

Julien Moore - 8 October 2016

that is why there will be o clear winner in these zanu pf wars. Someone is holding something against somebody. They will all go down en-mass at crunch hour. I don't see anyone surviving but politically crippled, bed ridden may emerge.

X-MAN IV - 8 October 2016

@ truth. Go ask him. But , I am warning you, be very careful. If there is anything he does not entertain is somebody asking him who his his father. He is so much at home talking about his mother as though she conceived him without ever meeting a man. Ask any kid in Zimbabwe who is/was their president`s father - none will give you an aswer. Is this normal to you in your five senses, that is if you have them ? I have noticed you are threatening people on this website that your urgent at Dailynews will expose them. Uri chidhoma chemunhu ! Who do you think you are ? Your a SOAB ! Go tell your boss that Masamba has called you a SOAB then demand my details through your so-called urgents at the Dailynews. I will get you first before you get me.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 8 October 2016

I love the daily news Best newspaper in Zim!

Young Zimbo - 9 October 2016

@masamba akareyo,chidhoma chemunhu is someone who fails to spell agent and spells it urgent,as for being a son of a bitch,yu can call me more names if yu find my principled stance and support for zimbabwe unpalatable

truth - 9 October 2016

It's 'you' not "yu"

Young Zimbo - 9 October 2016

@truth, I would like to give so little education that the country is not developed by steeling from a government institution and using the funds to give chiefs bicycles so that they help in your campaign. You see giving chiefs bicycles will not change the lives of the people of Tsholotsho in any way Mr. Truth. Why dont you call yourself Mr. Ignorance if truth is to be told.

Magoronganye - 9 October 2016

Yozu @ truth. You look at yourself in the mirror and think you have a pricipled stance and support for Zimbabwe ? Which Zimbabwe are you hallucinating about ? You live in your own sphere you call Zimbabwe and think everyone in the real Zimbabwe today is part of it. If you are so dumb to see something is wrong in the country then, for the good of us all, you are better off buried than alive. I called you a SOAB specifically because you are one of the dogs used by Mugabe to suppress people`s voices. People are saying this is not what we removed the oppressive colonial regime for, but you are saying as long as it is good for you and your boss it must be good for you - swallow it or else we will kill you. We have no government for the people in Zimbabwe but a dictatorship to save the wishes of the dictators themselves (and you) at the expense of the people. As for the word agent which my prompted writter spelt as urgent you should be thankful for the mistake because it gave you something to point at against me. I wish you and your boss could have the same brains to see the chamber hole when you do shitting so that you leave our country clean as you found it - you SOAB.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 9 October 2016

I do not normally agree with @truth, but this time I give an exception since he is generally correct. The Minister had a right to give Chiefs bicycles since the govt should have given them cars. Some children were walking up to 15kms to school, which meant they arrived at school tired and not able to study. The performance of the children was below par because the govt did not put the necessary investment. The minister of education let the children down, since they were not able to achieve their potential. People need to remove the log on their eyes to see that the situation is now worse than the Rhodesian days. Roads , health and schools are now worse in Tsholotsho than in 1980.

realwarvet - 9 October 2016

@masamba akareyo does it hurt you so much to the see people of matebeleland being given bicycles?

jojo - 10 October 2016

ohhh ya chiefs in mash land are given cars , in mat land their given bicycle Rambai maka shinga???????????????????

safa ngendlala - 10 October 2016

I'm extremely embarrassed with Moyo's response. Instead of using the time to deny the accusation, Moyo decides to lecture us about 'Tribalists, Successionists, etc. Ko izvi zvabva kupi? Davira zvawanzi wakaita chete! Ndiko kunonzi kudavira pfocho chaiyo. In any case Tribalists are those who have been singing paZANU PF rally the song 'Zezurus are unconquerable' paTV. Ndivanani ivavo? Ndeve G40! Vanotungamirigwa nani? NaJonathan Moyo, VP Mboko, naGrace Marufu, nengochani inonzi Kasukukuviri. Zvaiwana ngwarati - yodya ivete.

Dingiswayo - 10 October 2016

Regai ndirambe ndinyerere ,zvandityisa.

viola gwena - 10 October 2016

Tsvimbo haidzorwe nekuti gudo rabata kumeso. Truth, Warvet how effective are the bicycles to carry the kids to school? Cars / buses would have been more effective. This is a mockery to the people of Tsholotsho and Zimbabwe

Daniel 5 - 10 October 2016

@Daniel 5 I am being realistic on what is possible from our govt. If our govt has failed to give chiefs cars, or buses to schools, Bicycles are better than walking. Moyo went to South Africa to raise some funds for brick maulding machines and the community managed to build five schools, which the govt would not have built. There is even one school with only two teachers to teach five grades. The minister has been trying his best to help the forgotten area. This is not mockery, it is reality.

realwarvet - 10 October 2016

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