Moyo's graft storm spills into High Court

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) corruption storm yesterday took a new twist when a Harare vendor filed a lawsuit at the High Court seeking to have Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo arrested over allegations that he swindled the parastatal of tens of thousands of dollars.

Hardlife Mudzingwa, who is being represented by Mupindu Legal Practitioners also cites Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri as respondents in the case which has rocked Zanu PF to its foundations.

“Moyo must be brought before a court of law by any means necessary. He must be arrested if he cannot co-operate with the police,” Mudzingwa said in his court papers.

Mudzingwa is demanding, “that 3rd respondent (Chihuri) be and is hereby ordered and directed to bring 1st respondent (Moyo) before a court of law on the various publicised criminal allegations that he is facing and shall to the extent that it is necessary effect his arrest.”

Mphoko has been cited for the remarks he made last week suggesting that Moyo was immune to prosecution.

Mudzingwa said Moyo has admitted to stealing funds from Zimdef by likening himself to Robin Hood, an admission which he argued confirmed there was a prima facie case against the Tsholotsho North MP.

“I must make the point that first respondent seems to plead guilty to the allegations raised. He calls himself Robin Hood. I understand that Robin Hood is famed for stealing from the rich and distributing the proceeds to the poor.

“He also seems to suggest that he is not the only one involved in this kind of misconduct. He sees a tribal hand in the fact that the allegations have been made. This is unfortunate. The upshot of his response is to confirm the fact that a prima facie case as against him exists,” argued Mudzingwa.

He said judges, police officers, including even the prosecutor general have been arrested before, adding that Moyo must be subjected to the same due process.

Moyo and his deputy 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 — 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.

Moyo has accused Zacc of being used by Mnangagwa as well as targeting him because of his tribe in allegations which have been roundly dismissed and condemned by pro-democracy and opposition groups.

Comments (6)

Please Jonathan Moyo don't hide behind words like "corporate social responsibility". Zimdef has no legal responsibility to buy bicycles for your constituency., Thlolothlo. You took the cash and you must be fully accountable. What about the 65 elephants that you sold for $20000 each. Can you account for the sale proceeds

John Nyathi - 14 October 2016

Please Jonathan....where did you get the funds to purchase the cruise boat you named after your late daughter ZANELE which is at Kariba? Should anyone want a photo of the luxury boat just post your details and I will send it to you!

ZANELE - 14 October 2016

Moyo the honourable thing you can do for zimbabweans is resigning. your trying to make it appear as though you did a credible thing counts for nothing and you know it.

pride - 14 October 2016

There is no vendor here filling a law suite at the high court. The poor guy is being funded by Mnangagwa and his cabal. They think we are daft!!! Like they did in 2013 funding some unknown idiot to file a law suite to force elections as if it was a genuine plea. Chibvirei apa!!! Amunyari nanhasi!!!!

MR COOPER - 14 October 2016

indeed the people who are above the law are bragging about it

Jojo - 15 October 2016

Moyo must be arrested for abusing the zimdef funds. Zimdef is not ZANUPF, and zanupf is zimdef. He had no right whatsoever to do what he did. supporting the million man march, or the first lady, cannot be defence enough to justify his unholy actions. Tribalism or tribalism, whatever he did needs a court of law to verify whether he was justified or not. If he could buy bicycles for the chiefs in his constituency, then how much did he pocket as a person.

MUKANYA muvungani - 15 October 2016

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