Stop running: Zacc tells Moyo

HARARE - The current corruption storm ripping President Robert Mugabe’s warring Zanu PF apart intensified yesterday after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) said it was stepping up its plans to prosecute under fire Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo.

Interestingly for political watchers, this came after Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa — who does not see eye to eye with Moyo — bluntly told his Cabinet colleagues in Parliament on Wednesday that they were not above the law and that they would be prosecuted if there were reasonable grounds to suspect that they had committed crimes.

At the same time, Zacc also made damning allegations against some of the country’s top journalists yesterday, claiming that they were recipients and beneficiaries of unexplained large sums of money from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef), which is at the centre of the current graft storm.

Addressing the media at the commission’s headquarters, Zacc investigations committee chairperson Goodson Nguni said Moyo was not off the hook.

“We have sent a letter to him and expect him to respond to us immediately by coming to our offices. He should come here so that he responds to our allegations. We are not going to go to his offices or house.

“He had promised that he was going to come to our offices so that we could put the allegations to him and hear his comments, but he has been running away from us, preferring to give interviews to the media,” the tough-talking Nguni said.

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 Zacc alleges was not done above board.

The ensuing graft storm has not only exposed Zanu PF’s nasty tribal, factional and succession fissures, but also the former liberation movement’s gross abuse of State resources to advance its interests and those of its senior officials.

In his startling claims, Nguni said newsmen from both the State and private media had also dipped their hands into the Zimdef coffers, with Zacc discovering that one editor had his account credited with $2 500, while $50 000 was withdrawn ostensibly to give to journalists based in Bulawayo.

“We also went into Gandawa’s account. That’s where we discovered Zimdef money was put into Fuzzy Technologies account, then they transferred $120 000 to Gandawa’s personal account who then paid $70 000 towards a loan that he owed.

“The monies from Zimdef were used to pay for personal furniture, bicycles, tricycles and the payment of loans owed by persons who may be charged. Fuzzy Technologies is a company that is owned by Gandawa.  We have the bank statements, so I know who they paid and did not pay,” Nguni said.

Moyo, who is said to be a key member of the Zanu PF faction going by the moniker Generation 40 (G40), 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”.

But Nguni said Zacc was not being selective in discharging its duties, dismissing outright the allegations that it was taking instructions from Mnangagwa.

“I urge the minister (Moyo) not to insult the commissioners of the commission by alleging that they don’t have brains, that eight of them, highly skilled people, experienced administrators can be held by me. I don’t have that authority to order anything against anybody.

“I want to let you know that we have never received a complaint about a minister from another minister or from a government official. The information that we have here came from a whistle-blower who identified himself and said ‘I am a director of a company that was given $95 800 by Zimdef but we are an agro-chemicals company and we don’t understand why that money came into our account’.

“That is how we started this investigation. There is no factional politics here,” he added.

On Wednesday, Mnangagwa told Parliament that Zacc was empowered to fight corruption and that no one was above the law — in remarks that were widely interpreted to have been made with the Moyo case in mind.

“There is no other means to fight corruption except the laws of this country.  We do have an Anti-Corruption Commission which is a product of this House and they were empowered to fight corruption.

“What the Honourable Member (MP) should bear in mind is that ... no one has immunity except the president.  Everyone else in this country is fair game. They are not above the law. There is no one who is above the law,” Mnangagwa said, while responding to questions regarding the Zimdef scandal.

In a statement also on Wednesday, former vice president and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, called for the immediate suspension of Moyo and Gandawa in the wake of the damaging corruption scandal that is devouring Zanu PF .

“The time is now that Mugabe should deal with the Zimdef issue decisively,” Mujuru said.

The MDC which has thrown its weight behind Zacc, has also urged the statutory graft body to investigate all corruption claims in the country without fear or favour.

“We call upon both Zacc and the ZRP to immediately arrest Moyo, Godfrey Gandawa and all other public officials who have been implicated on very reasonable and tangible grounds, in the criminal offence of stealing and defrauding the State of its money and other public resources.

“All these people should have their day in court. At the very least, this is the very essence of the rule of law. It is apparent that the thieving of public resources has always been the Zanu PF way of running matters of State,” said MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu.

Comments (18)

Bob is shivering and all the magicians,satraps,&soothsayers in the form of the Kasukuweres, Zhuwawos and et al cannot read the writing on the wall 'mene mene tekel parsin.'

larry hoover - 14 October 2016

The educated professor is arrogant and his arrogance will be his major downfall

Aluta Continua - 14 October 2016

The educated professor is arrogant and his arrogance will be his major downfall

Aluta Continua - 14 October 2016

lol "Mene mene tekel pasin" makayerwa pachikero mukawanikwa muchida (makareruka), naizvozvo mazuva ekutonga kwenyu averengwa akagumiswa

alberto - 14 October 2016

"This is the explanation of the matter: 'Mene' - God has numbered your kingdom and brought an end to it. 'Tekel' - you have been weighed on the scales and you have been found wanting. 'Pres' - your kingdom has been divided and given to the ........

Daniel5 - 14 October 2016

Truth come to the fore. What do say to these trumped up charges our professor is being accused of?

Ndugu - 14 October 2016

If Jonathan Moyo is indeed guilty, which he is of utilising state funds to finance party activities, then all and sundry in Zanu PF should be investigated and prosecuted. Furthermore, we urge ZACC to apply the law equaly, not selectively. There are many cases which are bigger than Moyo's, to which they are turning a blind eye, and at times take bribes to see no evil hear no evil. Cases like Chmbo/Chiyangwa on urban land issue, like Southlea Park; the CAAZ/Gumbo/LL Promotions issue; the various ZESA scams/Udenge, and the Group Five/ Goche issue. They must all be investigated with the same zeal and the results made public, as is being done with Jono. Please stop being selective!!! It smacks of tribalism, etc.

MR COOPER - 14 October 2016

Hokoyo Joni kikikik

Slim Cat - 14 October 2016

zvakaoma......

Kenneth - 14 October 2016

Hey i do not know if this guy Nguni is doing his job independently . If he is really serious the whole of zanu would be in prison as we speak bcoz this party surves by stealing state funds right now they are buying cars for campaigns in 2018 where did they get the money who is sponsoring them ? Obvious we can not talk of elections which are always stolen every day why Nguni does not arrest those who do so bcoz they are corrupt .

Diibulaanyika - 15 October 2016

Corruption and greed and a failure by our top brass to put a stop to it is one of the prime causes of our economic collapse and all the pain and suffering that goes with it? But why now single out Moyo when all of you have been involved either directly or indirectly? If we are going for Moyo why not also expose the corrupt diamond dealers? Why do they remain untouched. Clear to me that this is nothing but political posturing for personal gain. This country is finished. There is no hope.

Mbewa - 15 October 2016

I agree Moyo is not the only corrupt gvt official but ZACC has to start from somewhere by arresting Jonso.

NGWENA - 15 October 2016

Mnangagwa msunu wehbare lani mashona liyanya. Ujonono untshontsha i2bhobho amaswina antshotsha izigidi manje selikhala liyanya migodoyi. Mashona othuvi. Laws Viola hambo zekwa nguMnangagwa

Ndoda - 15 October 2016

Grafts, bribes, and corruption throughout the African Continent. If you guys want to go after corrupt governmental institutions, start with that s.o.b. at the top of the food chain, Mugabe. When people get hungry, things will change in Zimbabwe (French Revolution).

larry - 15 October 2016

Whether he stole 50 cents, he must be made to account for it.He however is not the only one.Most of these guys have been stealing but that cannot be an excuse to be used when one is exposed.People should remember that this is the same guy a few weeks ago who was threatening to expose those who had stolen diamonds to build mansions in rural areas.It's a case of a speck in pone's eye when there is a log in yours (or vice versa).Remember the Ford Foindation...kkkkk

Tahir Iqbal - 15 October 2016

Goodson Nguni are clean? You are still wanted in S.A for fraud and corruption when you were working as the regional manager at for the South African Post Office in The Eastern Cape so stop pretending to be clean,if you were clean why did you run away?the thing is everyone in Zanu PF is a thief they still they plunder the the country"s resources as they wish.

The one - 15 October 2016

the so called;educated;professor is clever but not wise.Wisdom comes God.To pass exams and thesis, you justneed to be clever.Be adviced ,when God's says- enough is enough,the clever will be turned into no-bodies.

khalebb mann - 15 October 2016

Handisati ndamboona zvitototo zvipashumaranga zvakakafanana ne vanhu vemuZimbabwe. Mugabe arikutitotora kutiendesa kwese kwaarikuda kuti ararame for the few days he has remaining at state house. He is using such conman as Jona and the rest such as Joice Mujuru to create a storm out of the usual corruption he sunctioned and condoned (for his survival in a one party state) so as to divert our attention from his failure to run our country. Ladies and gentleman, this man called Mugabe is not the first born (neither will he be the last born) of our country. Let us not be fooled by such people as this self-proclaimed professor and his Mugabe-appointed mboko who are calling for tribal divisions. Devide and rule is (and has been) Mugabe`s hallmark since he asumed office. Zimbabweans, if you are fools, you are going to revive the pre-colonial mentality of tribal wars in this space age century. Ndanyara ini: muShona or muNdebele at this age ? Come on Jona, if you are tired of spinning for Zanu-PF please go to Tstholotsho and rest. Mugabe has messed up for us. We wish for a starting to rebuild our country without corruption. If only you could give way (stand aside) and let us do it we will be very grateful.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 15 October 2016

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