Go hang: Defiant Moyo tells VP's camp

HARARE - A defiant Higher Education minister, Jonathan Moyo, yesterday came out swinging, belting his Zanu PF foes and launching a passionate defence of his decision to approve a request for bicycles and three-wheeler motorbikes for community leaders in his Tsholotsho North constituency.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the multiple corruption and fraud charges that are being levelled against him, and which his opponents want him arrested for in the coming days, Moyo insisted to the Daily News that everything he had done was above board.

And in a thinly-disguised attack on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom he appears to blame for last week’s attempt by authorities to arrest him on charges of criminal abuse of office, Moyo also said he was “sick and tired of Gukurahundi politicians and

their mouthpieces poking their dirty noses over what we can and cannot have in our communities as if we ever poke our noses into their communities”.

“Enough is enough. When we endeavour to use our elephants to develop the community, as we tried to do with the construction of the Tsholotsho Stadium, they block us.

“They also mock us and accuse us of abuse of office when we give our traditional leaders bicycles to enable them to co-ordinate STEM computers and related development projects in the community,” he fumed.

And in another apparent dig at Mnangagwa, who stands accused of having a tarred road constructed to his Kwekwe farm, Moyo added: “Bicycles might be a luxury to those who abuse Zinara funds to build new tarred roads to farms of successionists, but in poor Tsholotsho, where there are no roads of any kind, bicycles can save lives and are as necessary as a box of matches”.

The angry Moyo did not stop there.

“This is 2016. Gukurahundi politicians and their mouthpieces should never think for a second that we are afraid of them. Promoting and supporting skills development is best done as a community-based approach that takes into account the peculiarities of the community in question. Tsholotsho is one of the most marginalised and backward communities in Zimbabwe. Supporting skills development there is not just a mechanical matter of getting and distributing STEM computers that end up not being used for a zillion of reasons associated with grinding poverty and underdevelopment.

“It’s also about ensuring that the community is part of the STEM computer initiative through direct participation and involvement of community leaders,” he said.

“I was happy when the Tsholotsho RDC requested that we adjust a request that had already been approved to give 17 schools in the district 10 computers each to replace some of the computers and to cater for 239 bicycles for village heads and 10 motorcycles for headmen.

“I approved the request because it was not only enabling the community to be part of the STEM computer initiative but was also highlighting the sorry and deplorable state of communication infrastructure in the community which had no roads and no cellular networks. In a community where elephants, lions, leopards and hyenas impose dusk to dawn curfews on villagers, bicycles and motorcycles can make a huge communication difference.

“Those who have a problem with my decision to approve the request from the Tsholotsho Rural District Council for an integrated skills development assistance that included empowering schools, government institutions and traditional leaders can go hang. Fortunately the discretion was mine and not theirs,” Moyo thundered.

Narrating the roots of what he called his “persecution”, Moyo said he had okayed through the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) which falls under his ministry the acquisition of the 239 bicycles and 10 motorcycles in June this year, at a cost of about $55 000, following the request by the Tsholotsho RDC. He said Zimdef was set up with an objective to “finance the development of critical and highly skilled manpower in Zimbabwe” and gave him as its trustee broad discretion to define what this meant in policy terms.

However, the minister was last week accused by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) of fraud, money laundering and abuse of office after he authorised the financing of Zanu PF activities with Zimdef funds, including partly sponsoring the Zanu PF youth league’s million man march in Harare.

Meanwhile, the Daily News has been shown copies of letters that are said to have come from the Tsholotsho RDC requesting assistance. In the first of the letters dated October 5, 2015, the council requested 170 computers for secondary schools. But in December, they revised their request in a second letter to the minister, this time asking to “replace computers with bicycles for village heads and motor bikes for headmen”.

“Traditional leaders in Tsholotsho North complained that they find it difficult to know what is happening in their areas due to poor communication network and unavailability of transport,” wrote the council chairman Alois Ndebele, who has since passed away.

It was then, it is said that Moyo authorised Zimdef to acquire the computers, bicycles and motorcycles which were later handed over by the minister. The computers went to the ZRP, the President’s Department, District Adminstrator’s office, the Tsholotsho RDC & District Education Officer, among other State institutions — while 55 were given to seven secondary schools in the district.

It was also learnt last night that acting President Phelekezela Mphoko had said that Moyo’s threatened arrest was part of a bigger political ploy to destabilise the government.

Mphoko said it was unfortunate that some senior government officials wanted to have Moyo arrested without following proper procedures.

Mphoko claimed further that it appeared that the ploy was to do away with Mugabe’s most trusted officials so that some government operations would be adversely affected.

Comments (67)

Since daily news you are mouth piece for zanu pf stay at opposition

ZANU PF - 10 October 2016

so is ZIMDEF looting the correct way to solve developmental problems at Tsholotsho? Why didnt you do the same to Chivi which is equally poor? why shld national institutes be used to find your political office? zimdef is not for bicycle buying for chiefs. The students who must benefit from it have not, and you are busy abusing it for political gai! go to jail. you have been thieving since your Ford Foundation days. This time wanyura.

Donato Mugabe - 10 October 2016

Next time the Min in charge of telecommunication companies will approve disbursement of funds to develop his constituent. Every minister is he/she does so, what about us with MPs who are not in cabinet? Developing communities is noble but those funds were and are meant for something.

Gogodera - 10 October 2016

Its a Dog eating Dog Affair, we shall see where this will end the bell is ringing closer and closer and the time will tell very soon

mugwanedako - 10 October 2016

When you are talking about ZANU PF there is nothing like corruption they do as they it fit. For some of us we are tired of ZANU PF way of doing things. They use their factions to try each other's power . By International standards all ZANU PF leaders are corrupt in way or another.

mbwembwe - 10 October 2016

Surely the professor should be wiser than that but apparently he has shown that he is challenged in this area. You need wisdom to know that what you are doing is not only wrong, but arming your detractors and therefore starting your own downfall. To you i would say let the money you use for development be clean and stop justifying looting with development full stop!

Gandanga - 10 October 2016

Minister are think places like Binga would like to abuse the Zimdef funds.Apprentices in Hwange Colliery are living in poverty yet they should also be abusing the funds.It is a total embarrassing way to campaign learnered minister.

kingsley dube - 10 October 2016

Jonso hauna nyaya. You cannot abuse resources of government departments like ZIMDEF to curry favors with your constituents. The bottom line is you abused ZIMDEF funds and you should face the music. Your party is abusing statutory organisations funds to further its political hegemony over our national politics. This is abuse. It is corruption. If it is then used to get at you in your political fights - so let it be! Who cares?

nyimo - 10 October 2016

So Joram Gumbo should loot Air Zimbabwe and NRZ to develop Mberengwa? So Muchinguri should loot National Parks levies to develop her home area in Manicaland? I don't understand how Jonathan Moyo always manages to get away with dishonesty, but surely it must be wrong for a government minister to take advantage f his/her position to divert funds from the purpose they were intended for. Here we are not interested want Lacoste or G40, whatever that means. We should simply allow investigators to collect the facts and, if necessary, prosecute.

machakachaka - 10 October 2016

ON 8 October 2013 there was a headline in the Zimbabwe Situation website. It read "Moyo Charms Daily News". It is now plain to see why this charm offensive was embarked on... His charms have turned the Daily News into his mouthpiece...

The Watchman - 10 October 2016

Jona is frothing at his mouth like a mad rhino, bulldozzing every bush which he perceived as hiding those who gonna spell the end of his road. By shouting Gukurahundi and tribalists he thinks he gonna spin us to believe he is being persecuted because of his tribe. Wajaira kushandiswa ne Zanu-PF kuspinner. Your tribal card and uncalled-for reference to Gukurahundi are two totally irrelevant issues to the case you are accused of. Infact, you are actually forfeiting public sympathy for you: had you stuck to saying you intended helping your poor folks at least you would go down with some dignity. You are now a bleached professor: wapera pendi iwe zwavakutaridza pamaitiro ako. Kan kti zvimwe dzakadodambuka nechakare ?

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 10 October 2016

Carry your cross motherfaka. We dont believe in imaginary movie heroes u stupid cunt. Bring back the money

matsomondo - 10 October 2016

if Mboko is saying the ZACC is to destabilise the nation after hes purported claim that they failed to follow procedure does it mean when hes fails to follow procdure all this time he was destabilising the country. then he is the greatest enemy. who is to question the efforts of a commissioner who was appointed by HE, Mboko you are offside together with your serial thief from Ford Foundation. Remember he did the same when he campaigned for tsholotsho when he was an Information minister. he abuses funds.

rasta - 10 October 2016

Really Prof.....coordinate STEM on bicycles. Think Big here. You are failing us Prof. You ride in a Land Cruiser and some on bicycles to run a national program. Shame maningi.

katu moloi - 10 October 2016

Johnso is relying on mugabe to save him and surely he will save him but that is, as long he is still alive. I'm afraid once bob is gone you're done my friend, but also remember once everything is stacked against you, even bob can disown you professor, that's politics. I think you have a case to answer, let the law take it's course.

misty - 10 October 2016

who was in charge when Gukurahundi took place Mr Moyo.why are you dinning with those who killed your father.CDE minister be serious.Dont fool us.its you who is very tribal .if i was the president during the disidents era i was going to wipe the whole tribe including your chickens and dogs.your grant grant fathers killed us when they come down from SA .So its spiritual .kugona ngozi kuiripa .that was good pamberi naGushungo pondaipa vapambepfumi like Moyo.

BATAIMUNHU - 10 October 2016

BEING A MINISTER DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE IMMUINNE TO PROSECUTION.JUST ABIDE BY OUR STATUTES MR PROFFESSOR .YOU MUST BE ARRESTED.MBAVHA DZAURAYA NYIKA

NHAIWE - 10 October 2016

Investigate all ministers and their budgets starting with those with a slash fund like Zimdef, there is so much abuse going on which needs to be stopped asap. Unfortunately the appointing authority is also a beneficiary if not an instigator.

Galore - 10 October 2016

mugabe was in charge Mr MOYO.SO WHAT DO YOU MEAN .TRY TO REASON IF YOU ARE DRUNK GO AND HANG

BOB - 10 October 2016

the tribalist and ghukurahundists on the platform are having a field day,sworn zanu enemies,now their interests are converging with the professors enemies on a tribal line,chief among them,the @masamba akareyo whose family played a prominent role in the killing of people during the dark period

truth - 10 October 2016

the zimdef funds were used to fund zanu activities like the so called million dollar march that is blatant corruption...day light theft.

Galore - 10 October 2016

Professor you made the worst blunder of your life when you decided to join zanu, do you realize what you have lost so far and can you imagine what's coming? Zvifungirewo wega.

misty - 10 October 2016

@truth. You are a drowning man who could catch at anything to survive. You were lectured by your boss that lies can save you, I can see. But let me remind you, your audience may not be all from the your pool, your pool of bootlickers who are prepared to kill Zimbabweans demanding accountability and justice for what you thieves steal from our country, for a few coins of silver. Infact I know you very well: you are a CIO troller who think can unearth about people like me who hangs you out to dry every time you try your Zanu-PF propaganda on this forum. Waita mushoma machewe ! Edza zwimwe. Family yekwangu yaunoziva kupi ? I do not belong to a family of your boss. Smart people know where to shit. Kukundwa nekiti inoita tsvina yopfusira. Very soon your boss will fire you because you are useless for his mission - same thing like the bleached professor.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 10 October 2016

@BATAIMHUNU. If You ask Mugabe`s lapdog who calls himself truth he will tell you Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda`s family was in charge. It goes to show how dumb he is. I will not say of the same kind of dumbness from the man with a title of professor: its beyond anybody`s comprehension that he can go about lambasting people whom he sees in his imagination as tribalists and Gukurahundists when his boss was the man in charge at that time. For his outbursts I see him being fired - and silenced forever.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 10 October 2016

@Bataimunhu: Ndiwe une dhiri. Our education system seems to be radiating rudeness, crudeness, uncivil behaviour at the expence of simple humility. Mugabe, Grace, Moyo and Mphoko being role models? Seka zvako muera gonzo.

selele - 10 October 2016

Musorobhangu doesn't get it. Stealing public funds to buy bicycles or whatever for your constituency is theft and punishable with jail time anywhere except this Zanumabwe banana republic created by Robert Matibili. You must be ashamed to even try to justify it. Go face the music. Mese zvenyu. Chombo, Kasukuwere, Mpofu, etc. The net is closing in.

Moe Syslack - 10 October 2016

Liyanya mashona msunuyabonyoko. I hate Jonso and ZANU but lapha msunu yenu . When matebeland benefits u all sneeze zinja zothuvu msunu yenu. That's why kumele izinto zihlale zinje ukuze lani likhawule mgodoyi yezinja . loba uMgabe engafa ngeke lenze lutho , this time kuzonyiwa msunu yenu.

Ndoda - 10 October 2016

@Ndoda: You really are in need of an urgent mental overhaul. I recommended it to be conducted now before those brains become a write-off.

Handidi - 11 October 2016

@anditi kumbe mdidi ngeyakho leyo mali u hypocrites . lngqondo ezifuna I overhaul ngezamashona amahypocrites and this marriage of convenience has gone for too long. U hate Ndebeles and l hate Shonas and so what . Mdidi wakho, Jonso is on point on this one fuseki nja

Ndoda - 11 October 2016

That is not fraud because its the people of Tsholotsho who benefitted...and tsholotsho is part of Zimbabwe akelimyekele uJonathan akafakanga imali esikhwameni sakhe njengamoshona afana labo Wicknell ....uyenze into inhle lingasijayeli kabi.....THUMBS UP JONATHAN nxa kuleyinye eseleyo thatha kuyelungiswa imigwaqo....

Bekezela - 11 October 2016

dedicated tribalists believe the people of tsholotsho should be in abject poverty,where is the corruption here since prof did not benefit personally,the tribalists have all exposed themselves on the platform,lets build a better zimbabwe in which all citizens are equal

truth - 11 October 2016

inini zvinondirwadza kana jonathan moyo achi developa matebeleland,mandevere do not deserve it,national cake ndeyedu chete mashona

mushona - 11 October 2016

the trend is worrying,zinara executives investigated for donating computers to vp mpoko to hand over to schools in matebeland ,by zacc,again zacc investigates prof moyo for donating to matebeleland,what is it with zacc that they hate matebeleland so much?

truth - 11 October 2016

Mr Moyo shut the fuck up,,,,if you loot you loot period.U should not justify yourself for looting.hee gukurahundi chii chii.....you are a thief

student - 11 October 2016

if the 15billion criminals are eating and drinking their loot why persecute those who invest in their communities ..i urge th minister ygo build the tsholotsho road up to Cawunajena ..akusebenze kaMoyo vele uyisiqholo utshiyane lezidhuphunga lezi

lugxah - 11 October 2016

you are informing the nation of the small guys who are abusing public funds and nothing else. we heard about several guys in the media having misappropirate funds but to date nothing has been done. Jonathan Moyo is not the only one. what we need is action not telling us who stole the money without further action.

Oliver - 11 October 2016

What is misappriation of funds? If i am entrusted with a certain amount of money meant for say a burial society and i use part of the money to buy food for my grandmother because she is starving, does that make it right?????

Robsugar - 11 October 2016

what is the root cause of underdevelopment in that area...do not trouble our Professor

zimbabwean - 11 October 2016

Jonathan and his compatriots (misa poison) illegally closed the daily news surprisingly the same good for mahala guy jonso has the guts to air his grievances through the same paper why not the zanupf newspaper the herald now kwaita berekera mbada

peacelover - 11 October 2016

My sister who is High Court Judge was made pregnant by bus driver. My mother said Tembi munhu wa judge anomitiswa. Vanga vasingatariri kuti nefundo dzake anganzarwo. Ava muzvinafundo vataridza kusakwana kwavo zvemhando yepamusoro chaizvo.Ku UMP kuneurombo zvikuru chaizvo.KuZangama Buhera kwakatoipa baba. Umbavha zvahwo Minister whakubatai chipo chenyu chechipiri kubva pafundo, kwozoita kuda kutiza mumvuri wenyu minister. Imwai poison mufe nokuti nyadzi dzinozokukundai.

Mona donis - 11 October 2016

hheee gukurahundi heee trabaists Jonathan moyo that is not the subject of the story or centre of contention . don't deviate from the subject, (CORRUPTION) klaar you either chopped the funds or its you who knows,,, then just prove yourself rather than involving unnecessary thing

peacelover - 11 October 2016

hheee gukurahundi heee trabaists Jonathan moyo that is not the subject of the story or centre of contention . don't deviate from the subject, (CORRUPTION) klaar you either chopped the funds or its you who knows,,, then just prove yourself rather than involving unnecessary thing

peacelover - 11 October 2016

WELL NDODA IT ONLY GOES ON TO SHOW HOW YOUR ANCESTORS SOLD THIS COUNTRY FOR THE LOVE OF SUGAR. TO BHELL WITH YOU ALSO AMATEBELE YOU THINK WE HAVE FOPGOTTEN HOW YOUR ANCESTORS RAIDED OUR WOMEN AND PILLAGED OUR FOOD FOR AS LONG AS SHONAS ARE THE MAJORITY BE ALWAYS CONTEMPT WITH BEING SECOND CLASS CITIZENS

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 11 October 2016

sungai munhu mapurisa sungai munhu..........if jonso is not arrested then zvave pachena kuti Mugabe wenyu is the chief of thieves the biggest thief

mushonga - 11 October 2016

DZOKERAI KUJOZA KWAMAKABVA NOONE INVITED YOU HERE IN ZIMBABWE MAKATENGE MABA MOMBE DZA TSHAKA MAKUTOTIZA YOU BLOODY CATTLE RUSTLERS.MASVIKA KUNO MOTENGESERA VARUNGU MASHONALAND YESE HENCE THE ROUTE TAKEN BY PIONEER COLUMN. YOU SIGN RUDD CONCESSION WHITHOUT EVEN CONSULTING LOCAL CHIEFTANCIES YOU TELL WHITE MAN THAT FOR AS LONG AS YOU ARE IN MASHONALAND WE WONT MIND WATEVER YOU DO THERE MABO WENYU KUTOISA X. BESIDES YOU GUYS NEVER WANTED TO BE PART OF ZIMBABWE ZVEKUTI MUKANZI MATEBELELAND NGAIBATANE NE JOZA MUNOTOBVUMA SO DONT SAY OR TALK AS IF ZIMBABWE IS YOURS NO NO KU NGUNILAND NDOKWENYU NANA SOHANGANE UMTATA INYONGOLO AMANYOMINYOMI WATEVER THAT MEANS

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 11 October 2016

@nutty dreadlock,yo blind shona speaking beggars at every corner and robot are the second class citizens,no wonder yu are ruled by a malawian and your girls are the strip gals in jozi nite clubs

jojo - 11 October 2016

@nutty dreadlock yu also go back to whre yu came from in east and central africa

jojo - 11 October 2016

zanu pf's house of glass, throw stones around at own risk. Just like all other acts of criminality committed by zanu pf rigime, this one will die fully loaded.

X-MAN IV - 11 October 2016

Ya okungamashona yimdidi yabantu Shem. Msunu yenu zinja likhaliswa ngamabhasikili zinja iphi i15 billion dollars. Zihlama zenu. Kakuhlale kunje ezim so that lani linyoze migodoyi yabantu , zinja so zothuvi.

Ndoda - 11 October 2016

@NUTTY DREADLOCK,get your facts right,mashonaland was a protectorate and matebeleland was conquered,who then sold out the country?

truth - 11 October 2016

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