Moyo corruption storm intensifies

HARARE - Zanu PF’s brutal tribal, factional and succession wars escalated yesterday when the party’s youth league waded into the graft storm surrounding Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo (pictured) — launching a fierce attack on the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), the ministry of Information and State media.

In a scathing statement, youth league leader Kudzanai Chipanga virtually accused Zacc, the Information ministry and State media of working against President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF, after the anti-graft statutory body attempted to arrest Moyo last week over damaging allegations of fraud and money laundering that have exposed the ruling party’s abuse of State resources.

The miffed Chipanga, while shying away from addressing claims that he had received 100 000 litres of fuel from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef), as has been revealed by Moyo, savaged Zacc for allegedly being driven by a factional agenda in its pursuit of the graft claims.

And in a further blistering tirade that is set to raise temperatures to stratospheric levels in the warring Zanu PF, he also charged that Zacc particularly wanted to sabotage the ruling party ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

“We have realised that the idea is not to probe corruption but to scare the corporate world from sponsoring the youth league as well as other party activities by the same people who were anti the million-man march.

“These are the same people who were mobilising the then Christopher Mutsvangwa-led war veterans to block the march in solidarity with our president. These are the same people who through the ministry of Information and the State media were demonising us for embarking on the march.

“So seeing a whole anti-corruption body expending their energy dwelling on chiefs’ bicycles while ignoring the known people who looted $15 billon diamond money, we begin to wonder if it’s an anti-corruption body or anti-bicycles commission. We call upon Zacc to go hang and stop meddling in politics,” Chipanga thundered.

Moyo, Chipanga and the youth league are said to be members of a Zanu PF faction going by the moniker Generation 40 (G40) which is bitterly opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe — while key players at Zacc, the ministry of Information and State media stand accused of being kingpins of Team Lacoste, the VP’s camp.

Moyo and his Higher Education deputy minister, Godfrey Gandawa, are facing serious fraud, money laundering and criminal abuse of office charges, including claims that the Zanu PF politburo member benefited from Zimdef donations that involved the purchase of bicycles which he donated to his Tsholotsho North constituency, which Zacc alleges was not above board.

The anti-corruption commission is claiming that Moyo, Gandawa and Zimdef chief executive Frederick Mandizvidza are at the centre of the alleged multiple corrupt and fraudulent activities running into hundreds of thousands of dollars — while Moyo has accused it of being used by Mnangagwa and Team Lacoste to fight him.

On Sunday, he launched a spirited defence of his decision to approve a request for the bicycles and three-wheeler motorbikes for community leaders in his constituency.

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

And in a thinly-disguised attack on Mnangagwa, whom he clearly believes is behind 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 in remarks that expose Zanu PF’s deepening tribal, factional and succcession wars.

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, had wrestled back the initiative in the former liberation movement’s seemingly unstoppable internal ructions.

Well-placed sources told the newspaper that Team Lacoste appeared to have weathered the storm in the ruling party’s brutal dog-fight to succeed Mugabe — with their nemesis, the G40, 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 (a faction backing Mnangagwa) appeared well-positioned to pick up all the spoils in the event that Mugabe left office before the end of his term, ahead of the 2018 polls.

However, a Zanu PF bigwig who spoke to the newspaper 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.

“But even if (Vice President Phelekezela) Mphoko is the last acting president in such an event, it will be very difficult for him because Lacoste has a strong team of strategists while Mphoko appears to be waiting for fate to intervene in his favour.

“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 brawls said.

 

Comments (32)

ZACC can go hang,any person of average intelligence can see that is a proxy war on our president,attack his staunchest supporters and weaken the president,the tribalists also do not like the president as he is the only politician from mashonaland who preaches unity

truth - 11 October 2016

My question is who appointed the commissioners and that person should then have an agenda against the president. If its him why then have an agenda against oneself. Should we condone corruption because someone wants to spin the issue citing emotive issues like Gukurahundi?

Aluta Continua - 11 October 2016

@aluta continua,we have evidence of corruption in this country running into millions of dollars in a single case,why allege corruption when the minister has a discretionary function on disbursing funds,this is an extension of the gukurahundi campaign because after being stopped by the unity accord,the gukurahundi strategist are fighting from another angle of stopping any resources from going to matebeleland,cde ED must first clear himself of genocide before coming up with trumped up fraud charges against the professor

truth - 11 October 2016

msunu kanyoko wena truth.Why do you defend thieves? Are you one of them? Nxaaa. Unyoko yinja.

Masende Enkunzi - 11 October 2016

@truth if there is overwhelming and well documented evidence of graft in this country why hasn't there be any arrest . The reason is the culprits are protected and even rewarded by their principal. The fish rots from the head .If only we walk the talk on corruption by arresting those behind the diamond leakages ,those who abused the yoyuth stands and those who hands drip with the blood of innocent Zimbabweans from 1980s ,2008 and to date then we can get somewhere as a country.From my un derstanding corruption encompasses nepotism , embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds ,bribery only but to mention a few. All are guilty in ZANUPF INCLUDING THE FIRST SECRETARY HIMSELF NO WONDER WHY HE PROTECTS AND AWARDS CORRUPT PEOPLE IN THE FOLD OF CHOMBO ,KASUKUWERE ,MOYO ,MPOFU ONLY BUT TO MENTION A FEW.

Aluta Continua - 11 October 2016

there is no corruption,Zacc go and arrest reward kangai ,he stole mo than eleven million dollars at telone but according to yu its not corruption,corruption is when the people of tsholotsho benefit

jojo - 11 October 2016

Just arrest the BASTARD . he is the chief rigger of elections for zanu now he must face the music no feeling sorry for nyoka .Never put Moyo near money he will njonja ask the Kenyans they know it after he vala them he is a menemene never trust him at all and his major mission to be in govt is steal steal steal steal and steal bcoz he knows the govt is no longer popular and is gradually dying hence he has seen it fit to steal behind people of Tsholotsholo damm swine ..

Diibulaanyika - 11 October 2016

a genocide suspect accusing others of corruption,a man behind all mysterious deaths of top politicians,go hang with your tribalists and gukurahundists,phambili nge tsholotsho

robin hood - 11 October 2016

Abatwa Abatwa. You cant go and steal and when you are caught you then say why dont you arrest so and so. He is being childish as always. Cry baby attitude. Gukurahundi yapinda papo.

katu moloi - 11 October 2016

Abatwa Abatwa. You cant go and steal and when you are caught you then say why dont you arrest so and so. He is being childish as always. Cry baby attitude. Gukurahundi yapinda papo.

katu moloi - 11 October 2016

liyanya la ma short sleaves,aliphumeleli,amasela yini,dlanini amagundwane lithule

solo - 11 October 2016

Prof Moyo should not play the victim and tribal card but to expose his so-called enemies' corrupt deeds. To just say non-Ndebele people are evil is not only shocking but very dangerous especial from a highly educated person such as him. I am saying this because I realized this attitude during my student days at NUST. The feeling is 'every Shona' person is a relative of Mugabe and a member of ZanuPF, this is a wrong mentality which I least expected from the Prof.What are waiting for him to do is to expose Mnangagwa and Lacoste Team how much diamonds they have looted. I do understand his anger, the only logical for Prof to do is supply ZACC with information that implicates Ngwena and his group. The Gukurahundi , 2008 killing of opposition and disappearances issues are going to revisited soon and very soon. People in Matebeleland should know that once in the history of liberation struggle we were unified from Plumtree to Mutare,Limpopo to Zambezi under Dr JN Nkomo,Chibwe chitedza, Father Zimbabwe. For now lets remain united and deal with corruption such as the looting of diamonds worth $15 billion.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 11 October 2016

Prof Moyo should not play the victim and tribal card but to expose his so-called enemies' corrupt deeds. To just say non-Ndebele people are evil is not only shocking but very dangerous especial from a highly educated person such as him. I am saying this because I realized this attitude during my student days at NUST. The feeling is 'every Shona' person is a relative of Mugabe and a member of ZanuPF, this is a wrong mentality which I least expected from the Prof.What are waiting for him to do is to expose Mnangagwa and Lacoste Team how much diamonds they have looted. I do understand his anger, the only logical for Prof to do is supply ZACC with information that implicates Ngwena and his group. The Gukurahundi , 2008 killing of opposition and disappearances issues are going to revisited soon and very soon. People in Matebeleland should know that once in the history of liberation struggle we were unified from Plumtree to Mutare,Limpopo to Zambezi under Dr JN Nkomo,Chibwe chitedza, Father Zimbabwe. For now lets remain united and deal with corruption such as the looting of diamonds worth $15 billion.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 11 October 2016

Is it not sad that when someone is catch with his hands in the cookie jar some immature and dumb young man will stand and defend the thief. Mr Chipanda you obviously don't want Zimbabwe to prosper and insist in defending some that has been catch red handed.

Pieter Herbst - 11 October 2016

On second thoughts Mr Chipanda do you have something to hide?

Pieter Herbst - 11 October 2016

On second thoughts Mr Chipanda do you have something to hide?

Pieter Herbst - 11 October 2016

ndozvatiuraira nyika izvozvo zvekurova imbwa makaviga mupinyi.we are going for months without pay whilst you buzzy abusing mari dzema parastals for personal gains and tribal gains

zvogodini - 11 October 2016

@pieter herbst,no one was caught with their fingers in the cookie jar,the professor did not personally gain,is repaying a compassionate loan corruption?we will defend the professor because he is developing a region that has not been developed due to corruption and tribalism,we will not allow the professor to be victimised,we all know who is corrupt in this country,to blame prof like @zvogodini is simply off the mark,the tribalists and gukurahundists can moan and groan but facts are stubborn,it is them who have corruption in their DNA,so hands off the prof,hands off chipanga

truth - 11 October 2016

Mhata truth,,kana uriwe Jonathan Moyo budapachena,,Uriduzvi,pfungwa dzako dzakawora.

matsotsi - 12 October 2016

Zacc how far on the corruption at command agriculture?may yu also investigate how resources were allocated to build a tarred road to one rural homestead

jojo - 12 October 2016

ko nhai youth chairman we Zanu PF munhu akaba dollar ne aba 1000000 dollars vese havasi mbavha here. Muri kuedza kuti vanoba mbichana havana basa here. If this is the mentality of people leading us then we are doomed.

anold - 12 October 2016

Hezvo zvabuda pachena. We now know the truth. That commission will never get to work as long as Zanu is in power. It is only corruption when all the other people steal but when Zanu Pf polititians abuse office, it is right. The fish rots from the head, this is what we see in governement. Imagine an education fund buying bicycles for chiefs kkkk, even if i dont have a degree, this is fraud, clear fraud, Jonso abused the fund.

mbavha dzeZanu - 12 October 2016

So imagine what we dont know or that which has not reached the public ear, you can imagine the kind of people running gvt. This is why they cant raise a finger to say bond notes will kill the economy for good because they want to loot all US dollars from the public. These ZANU PF guys have fake degress, i cant imagine people who purport to have degrees can govern the country in such an incompetent and embarassing way.

mbavha dzeZanu - 12 October 2016

ko nhai youth chairman we Zanu PF munhu akaba dollar ne aba 1000000 dollars vese havasi mbavha here. Muri kuedza kuti vanoba mbichana havana basa here. If this is the mentality of people leading us then we are doomed.

anold - 12 October 2016

Moyo we know that zanu brought tribalism in this country and it has fully run this country on tribal lines and we have said that many times . All sane people know that if it was not tribalism you would be the number one contender to take over from Mugabe bcoz you are the only person left who can think in zanu and you have kept that party this far . Now the question is what are you doing with tribalists Munangagwas of this world ? why can you not see that these people do not like you and very soon they will kill you as they did to your daughter ? Why have you been rigging elections for them then at the end they rubbish you and still could not abandon them .Leave now mfowethu they called you names hard headed but you still stick around with them . Kanti wena mfana unjani ufundile but you can not fore tell things why ? Leave zanu now they will kill you like Sydne Malunga and others

Diibulaanyika - 12 October 2016

Moyo akaba vakomana

chimusoro - 12 October 2016

This is just the tip of the ZANU PF corruption iceberg, thanks to Jonathan. The party has already lost all credibility and is not accountable to anyone anymore. This makes a mockery of the prospects for the reform that we hear being parroted very often. The only remaining solution is to sweep everything that is ZANU PF away and have a fresh and hopeful start. Whether by design or inadvertent, Jonathan is the Trojan horse that we have all been waiting and the country will be better off after all is laid bare as the factions bash and counter accuse each other. The public should just guard against being drawn into the dogfight and leave the thieves to finish each other off.

Jaikolu Maison - 12 October 2016

So Moyo was behind the flop million men march bankrolling it using our moneys which we could have used to to buy water treatment chemicals for our cities , fixed pot hole, fed starving people in towns and reserves , built clinics ,up graded prisons bought medicines for our hospitals paid bonus for civil workers bought spare parts for ambulances across the country bought engines to pump water for our wild animals in the game reserves paid plumbers to flush shit that is full in our cities ever blocked sewage net works . But you decided to blow money on useless march which never benefited the country then the change used it to buy bicycles for reserve people in Tsholotsho while you pocketed the bulk . now face the music or abandon zanu .

Diibulaanyika - 12 October 2016

If Zacc is made up of people who needs to be investigated themselves fine. Lets give them time to do their work first then whoever has something to say against them can do it later. Maimboregerei kuzvitaura musati manyon'onywa, regai vapedze basa ravo.

zc - 12 October 2016

imagine each minister looting from their ministry to upgrade their constituencies, what a shame, the slogans would go like this 'vote for me, if i win and become a minister i will loot the money and buy you bicycles'. moyo should have sourced funds somewhere for his constituence, not steal from the student funds

diva$ - 12 October 2016

The root cause of all this corruption is Mugabe and he should simple step down.Secondly Zim economy is going nowhere as long as he is the President

MUNTU - 12 October 2016

foolish Kudzai Chipanga why dont you leave the board to do its mandate instead of telling us lies. Do you thing we are supporting such a nonsense coming out of your dirty mouth. we want that money back not kuswero taura zvefactional fight hamunyari makaita sei. kunyangwe chokwadi chibude pachena u still have the guts say its lies. you pretend to luv our president yet behind the back you are soiling his name. get out of those illicit deals toda nyika iyende mberi kwete kudzoka kumashure.

fair - 12 October 2016

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