Boot Moyo out or go: Mujuru tells Mugabe

HARARE - Former vice president and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, has given President Robert Mugabe an ultimatum — either suspend Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Godfrey Gandawa immediately, in the wake of a damaging corruption scandal that is devouring Zanu PF — or leave office himself.

Mujuru yesterday said that instituting a forensic audit into the swirling graft claims, and suspending Moyo — who has been receiving a savage bollocking from his Zanu PF enemies — would go a long way in assuring sceptical Zimbabweans that the nonagenarian had at long last got the appetite to tackle the country’s rampant corruption.

Moyo and Gandawa are facing serious fraud, money laundering and criminal abuse of office charges, including claims that the Zanu PF politburo member benefited from ZimbabweMugabe told as graft storm continues to rip Zanu PF apart Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) donations that involved the purchase of bicycles which he donated to his Tsholotsho North constituency — all of which the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) alleges was not done above board.

The anti-graft body further claims that Moyo, Gandawa and Zimdef chief executive Frederick Mandizvidza are at the centre of multiple corrupt and fraudulent activities running into hundreds of thousands of dollars — in a storm that has not only exposed Zanu PF’s nasty tribal, factional and succession fissures, but also its gross abuse of State resources to advance its interests and those of its senior officials.

“Robert Mugabe must take measures as the president that should expose, combat and eradicate all forms of corruption and abuse of power by those holding political and public offices. The present matter of Zimdef is a case in point.

“The time is now that Mugabe should deal with the Zimdef issue decisively. Firstly, as the president of the country who is endorsed with the obligation to be the custodian of the country’s Constitution he should forthwith suspend ... Moyo and his deputy and invite forensic audit to establish the truth instead of listening to nonsensical professorial rumblings,” Mujuru said in a scathing statement.

“That alone will demonstrate his sincerity to fight and curb corruption. As ZPF, we also demand answers from Mugabe if he fails to act in the face of such an embarrassing corruption scandal. Would the failure be a result of the fact that Moyo used monies unlawfully for the Zanu PF million-man march, Grace Mugabe’s rallies and uncouth Zanu PF activities?

“Does that not also show the justification of the claim that the political playing field is not level because Zanu PF abuses State resources to retain power at all costs,” she added.

Mujuru said further that it was wrong for Moyo to try and use the tribal card and call himself a Robin Hood of sorts, while ducking the allegations that were being levelled against him.

Moyo, who is said to be a key member of the Zanu PF faction going by the moniker Generation 40 (G40), which is bitterly opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe, has accused Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa faction) and key players at Zacc of waging a factionally-driven war against him.

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

And in a thinly-disguised attack on Mnangagwa, whom he clearly believes is behind last week’s attempt by authorities to arrest him on the charges, 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 succession wars.

But Mujuru, a former Zanu PF stalwart who has in the past been subjected to vitriolic attacks by Moyo, said she was not surprised by the Higher Education minister’s responses to the corruption allegations he was facing.

“ZPF is not surprised by the behavioural response of the professor. The arrogance demonstrates beyond any doubt that the looting of public funds had the blessing of the authority of the day, Mugabe himself.

“If indeed Mugabe abhors corruption as he publicly claims, and has no complicit hand in this tarnishing and scandalous tragic story, he has … options to implement in the public interest.

“Zanu PF as a political party should not be allowed to plunder State resources for selfish and party activities. Instead of stealing public funds for Mugabe’s birthday, his wife’s projects and his party’s political activities, such monies would have assisted a lot of people if properly channelled in deserving situations like hospitals without medicines and civil servants who are not being paid on time,” she thundered.

“Now that it is only the Zimdef scandal that has been brought into the public domain, who knows of what is happening in other public bodies. Clearly, this is evidence of how several parastatals died a painful death. Examples relate to the sorry state of Zisco Steel, Air Zimbabwe, National Railways of Zimbabwe, Zupco, ZMDC, GMB just to mention but a few.

“We therefore make a wake-up call as ZPF that all the public bodies be audited forthwith to establish the extent to which this cancerous rot has gone. We believe that is the only way public funds and taxes can be protected,” she added.

Zanu PF has been hit by serious fresh turbulence ever since Zacc attempted to swoop on Moyo during the ruling party’s politburo meeting last week. Moyo is said to have been saved from the arrest by Mugabe, who appointed a committee to look into the allegations being raised against him.

Comments (42)

joice yu and yo husband came from the war with nothing except your clothes,first account for your billions

truth - 13 October 2016

the best way is to get rid of the whole gvt everyone is corrupt. guys we want a leadership with people at heart. even joice was part and parcel of the same corrupt gvt she must keep her mouth shut or confess first bfore vomiting anything

MUTEKWA EMMANUEL - 13 October 2016

the best way is to get rid of the whole gvt everyone is corrupt. guys we want a leadership with people at heart. even joice was part and parcel of the same corrupt gvt she must keep her mouth shut or confess first bfore vomiting anything

MUTEKWA EMMANUEL - 13 October 2016

Abatwa abatwa ngaasungwe, nhasi ndi Tom mangwana ndi Ruth mbavha dzichapera

Chokwadi - 13 October 2016

You Joice Mujuru (aka Cde Teurai Ropa) were part of this rot. I personally was at Belvedere Teachers' College where we both were sitting for our 'O' Levels and I left you behind because you continuously failed in your English exams. If you had not been booted out of ZANU PF I swear that to this day you could be continuously looting the country's meagre resources - uchitotishainira us who were with you in the struggle. Iwe your family has more than 1 farm - one in Beatrice and the other in Ruwa. How come some of us have not even a single hectare? Yes Mugabe might/could be looting but you amongst all were the ones bootlicking him to your advantage. Ini I am never gonna join your party... zviri nane kutogara ndisina party dzacho!

Mimi - 13 October 2016

No one is going to be arrested. Bob is also busy taking his loot to Singapore and the far east.

Sekai - 13 October 2016

Thats the mood my dear girl.We must all tackle corruption .Commercial criminals must be hung.We must all rally Ngwena to nib it in the mud,kill corruptin n get our economy going.Vp must also make it easy for them by offering amnesty to those who own up and declare their loot.This theiving must be declared a national disaster.Bring it back to treasury.Jonos,povo,cops must be vigilant on this scourge, .it must be killed for jobs to materialise for the yuths and idle men sleepi g in parks and industries.

viola gwena - 13 October 2016

To this day I have been calling for an inventory on all tenders for solar power.To see what jobs have been created by those given tenders.This sector is expected to romp in at least 300 000jobs for our economy.How far are we? If nothing is on the ground ,we need to retender ,this tyme involving our 2 major international banks.Dont give tenders to broke pple plz.This is not the tyme to create millionairs out of free tendors bt we need jobs created by these tendors.Simple.

viola gwena - 13 October 2016

yes tete viola

kelly - 13 October 2016

Methinks the extent of the corruption is immaterial by ZANUpf standards. So let us leave the Professor alone. After all ZANU still needs his services as we attempt to NIKUV the next election. What do you think?

Viva Voce - 13 October 2016

JOYCE, What about Udenge , Kasukuwere & Chombo, are their theft justified?

mj - 13 October 2016

When his daughter passed on the prof said it had changed him. Apparently as soon as he finished mourning he changed again to his old self, only more venomous!

Jonso - 13 October 2016

Ana Joyce...wouldn't you love it! A ZANU(PF) without the likes of Prof Moyo is easier to deal with right?! In fact a Jonathan Moyo in your camp would be such a boon. The President must simply ignore your mindless rant.

G Tichatonga - 13 October 2016

Corruption is a subject which the team ZANU Pf need to pass before joining it So to them Jonathan Moyo has passed the PHD and is awaiting the presdent to come back a cap him.Apana zvavanoitwa vanhu ava,zviri muropa,Ko imba yakasukuwere pane akambotaura nezvayo,Ko chombo kei.Mansion yakapera pashabane apo.Sa musangowawata vanhu.Ungadii,ungavadii regai valoote kusvika vava kubirana pachavo.is ZACC alos investigating Obert Mpofu.

Jokonia - 13 October 2016

nonsense,she should pay her debts at NRZ.

vivazim - 13 October 2016

everyone at the top should be investigated in a true democtatic sense . This sorganisation should be dissolved and another one started to be headed by Lawyers and Judges and members of civil society

Viva Banana republic - 13 October 2016

just shut up joice,yu have no idea what corruption is,infact jonathan moyo is a dwarf compared to yu on matters of corruption,dont dare try to make the people of zimbabwe fools,we know all your activities,if what jonso did is corrupt,at least the chiefs gained bicycles,in your case all the loot went to yu

truth - 13 October 2016

To prove that he does not support corruption president Mugabe must order the arrest of Moyo or suspend him over the allegations to pave for zacc to do their best

tuff - 13 October 2016

Wena truth msunu kanyoko, sikhothamathe

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 13 October 2016

writing false history that yu shot a helicopter and making zimbos believe yo lie for 34 years is corruption

truth - 13 October 2016

what amazes me is that the platformist problem is that the people of tsholotsho got bicycles,when state money is used in other areas of the country yu dont complain,am currently am farming in mazowe,there are clinics and schools every two kilometres and in tsholotsho yu travel long distances to access schools and clinics,so platformist dont mask your tribalism by crying corruption

truth - 13 October 2016

The biggest looter asking for the other to be arrested, its amazing how this woman still shows love for ZANU.

gearge bango - 13 October 2016

Mbavha HURU chaidzo. Kuba mari yeZIMDEF????? All will be swept under the carpet

jim soko - 13 October 2016

@jim soko,u are just jealous your mother never got a bicycle

jojo - 13 October 2016

If I were a politician I too would feather my own nest and the same applies to all the comments made by different people regarding this subject. Everyone is corrupt. The only difference is the Professor got caught by his enemies who have been more corrupt

Julien Moore - 13 October 2016

mai mujuru is our Moses to take us to Canaan . ndivo vachatotibvisira sangoma uyo atitambudza atikanyisa zvitina nemate nzwisisai politics musati matanga kungo komenda komenda mai mujuru na tsvangirai pamwechete ndivo vachaita kuti nyika yedu ionekerewo senyika mu sadc chaimo tangova chiseko nekuda kwen`anga iyo sangoma mugabe

peacelover - 13 October 2016

mai mujuru is our Moses to take us to Canaan . ndivo vachatotibvisira sangoma uyo atitambudza atikanyisa zvitina nemate nzwisisai politics musati matanga kungo komenda komenda mai mujuru na tsvangirai pamwechete ndivo vachaita kuti nyika yedu ionekerewo senyika mu sadc chaimo tangova chiseko nekuda kwen`anga iyo sangoma mugabe

peacelover - 13 October 2016

Prof moyo is hot property. Mujuru has seen an opportunity to take prof to her ZPF stable. Why one specific thief and not the whole entire gang. Zanu pf cannot do without prof the evil brains. I don't think even vice president post in zpf will tempt the prof. Even mugabe wants prof more than ever now after prof showed willingness to steal plunder. Ability to steal is an added advantage in zanu pf , 36yrs theft cycle repeating itself.

X-MAN IV - 13 October 2016

GRAND COALITION! 2018

Young Zimbo - 13 October 2016

This is just a tip of the iceberg as other ministers have done worse compared to Moyo. Everybody is agitating for Jonathan to be arrested whereas there have been more serious cases of other people who have done worse and nothing much have been done and these voices were not as high as this. Yes he must be brought to book but lets take all cases of corruption as serious and not to be selective. Lets remember to talk about the $15 million as well as other monies which have been taken and misappropriated too.

Mendeka - 14 October 2016

I have lost all hope for a corruption violence and bullies free Zimbabwe Its pointless this regime will be ousted by God not any human being June July August of this year there was hope but just looking pa YOUTUBE interest has waned Or its just me who sees how futile fighting this GVT is Yes we will talk online then what ???

Naphiri Chisayi - 14 October 2016

damning allegations were raised against yu joice,more serious than the ones raised against the prof,yet they were never tested in a court of law and yu never asked for your day in court,yu pleaded political victimisation,so whats the difference now,are yu that idiotic to think that the president takes orders from opposition politicians?your numerous scandals are well documented,zimbos remember your spitited efforts to block zimbabwes biggest brand from taking off,just concentrate on your chicken projects as yu have no vision to lead this country,is it becoz jonathan moyo said we will revist all PHDs fraudlently acquired,even your most fervent supporters will admit yu not PHD material,so whilst yu can fool some people yu cannot fool everybody,submit yourself to an investigation first

truth - 14 October 2016

Ndosaka zvichinzi ZANU yakawora to the core . Jonatahan argues that this pales into insignificance compared to what others have done and that this is the modus operandi of ZANU PF . The only difference is that the skeletons are tumbling out through infighting. I am waiting gleefully to hear someone disclose how the last two elections were rigged.

Jaikolu Maison - 14 October 2016

Why now for some cheap political gain do you and other ZANU PF types make such a noise about the Professor when all of us know with absolute certainty that all of you and without exception but especially those at the top were so crooked and corrupt? None of you, not one of you can now point a finger at someone else and say that they must go because they are corrupt. The only we will sort this awful mess out is to appoint someone like President John Magufuli of Tanzania to the top post. Without such caliber of person we are going nowhere because corruption is very much part of ZANU PF and even MDC culture and the ugly dirty stain just won't go away.

Mbewa - 14 October 2016

HAPANA ZVAMURI KUTAURA MOSE. JONATHAN IS A SMALL GOD AND IS FEARED BY ALL. REMEMBER HIS ANTICS OF CHANGING POLITICAL SIDE. CHERO VAKURU VANO MUTYA NYARARAI NEWE UNOMUTYAWO FUTI ZIP UP

TIMOTHYS - 14 October 2016

zaac you expose them but you cant arrest them , Cuthbert dube , henrietta ,net one boss, the list is endless . next in line soviour kasu, chipanga not hosia but the little one, hokoyo

safa ngendlala - 14 October 2016

moti Mugabe angabve pachigaro here. Mbavha idzi dzinoda kuti afirepo nekuti dzakaprotectwa.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 14 October 2016

Runaida! Runaida! Runaida! Even the parastatals that were under your ministries and the corruption scandals you were involved in also need to be investigated! DRC, ZIMASCO, Econet Telcoms license fiasco, the farms you grabbed from Nyambirai, how with your husband you grabbed farms and mines at gunpoint (River Ranch Mine etc.). And the Mujuru estate is worth billions acquired mostly through dubious means. Maybe Joice can explain all that. Or Jonathan moyo can start spilling the beans on these zanu pf "born agains". Skeletons will start tumbling out of closets soon. Joice a lot of corruption happened under you watch when you were VP. Mutasa with the "diesel in Chinhoyi", Bhasikiti etc. have impeccable clean records and pasts!

Daniel5 - 14 October 2016

@Mimi: You are too bitter and it is not fair for you kusvika pakuramwa kuti ungagare usina party...ko nyika zvairi kuenda kumawere wongo tarisa chete here? Wakamboenderei kuhondo kwacho? Find ways to change things and perhaps kutoshanda navo Vana Joy zvinotoita because they will give you space and listen to you given that things are changing! Dzora moyo wako !

Dzoka - 14 October 2016

Am surprised by most of yu morons who are ignoring the key issue here, Johntounge abused ZIMDEF funds, zvekuti JTR azo commenta hazvina basa. Zanu yamugabe shld act timboona ka...zvese zvekuti Joyie azodii akazoita sei hazvina basa izvoooooo

wekwaZee - 20 October 2016

the guy with the name "truth",, you are not talking sense, its very clear that you are trying to defend your political side...

tambawoga - 20 October 2016

I WILL RALLY BEHIND YOU NDODA YE MATEBELELAND ,VIVA JONA VIVA IDLA LAPHO EBOTSHELWE KHONA

CARRA - 20 October 2016

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