Moyo remains under the gun

HARARE - The dark clouds that have been circling around under siege Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo are getting more ominous, with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) widening its probe into his alleged corrupt practices, to include activities that happened 17 years ago.

This comes as the High Court has been petitioned to compel the police and Zacc to have him arrested over his alleged abuse of money at the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef), which falls under his purview.

But Moyo yesterday dismissed the latest round of sleaze allegations in the State media, saying his internal rivals in Zanu PF continued an unrelenting media campaign to get him out of government and the party.

Meanwhile, and separately, Zacc is also said to be investigating Moyo over $5 million which was released for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) promotion which the anti-graft body suspects could have also been improperly handled.

The chairman of Zacc’s investigations committee, Goodson Nguni, declined to talk to the Daily News about the onslaught on Moyo yesterday, saying it was improper to comment in the media about cases that were under investigations.

However, it is believed that Zacc has widened its probes to include activities that occurred during Moyo’s tenure at the Constitutional Commission (CC) in 2000, as well as his time at the Information ministry between September 2013 and last year, before the Tsholotsho North MP was appointed Higher Education minister.

Under the new probes, Moyo is being investigated over the advertising money paid to Lintas advertising agency by the CC when he was its spokesman between 1999 and 2000.

The defunct commission was set up in 1999 by President Robert Mugabe to lead the government-driven constitution-making exercise in 2000, in which Zanu PF’s preferred “Vote” campaign was roundly rejected by ordinary Zimbabweans in the ensuing referendum.

Apart from the CC, State media confirmed yesterday that Zacc had extended its investigations to the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (Impi), a fact-finding process which was set up by Moyo in December 2013 to investigate the state of the country’s media and information sector.

Zacc is said to be investigating the purchase of luxury vehicles which it suspects were not delivered to the intended beneficiaries, but allegedly ended up being seized by Moyo.

The anti-graft body has also apparently opened investigations into how the money released to Impi was used, including allowances and salaries set aside for the secretariat.

In a comment on micro-blogging site, Twitter, Moyo himself continued to suggest yesterday that his current problems were political.

“In politics the real drama starts when the tables are turned. Watch the space. Meanwhile keep your big prayers going with fasting to boot!” Moyo said in response to one of his followers who had implied that he needed prayers and fasting in the current climate.

Contacted for comment,  Moyo said he was taking legal advice over allegations in The Sunday Mail . He said issues to do with his previous ministry should be referred to the current minister, Christopher Mushohwe who was unavailable for comment.

“Ask Mushohwe who ought to know that those two cars are in his parking lot, one being used by his permanent secretary and the other by his deputy minister,” Moyo said.

Later, Moyo’s office  put the Daily News in contact with his official driver, Patrick Chigweshe, who used to drive one of the vehicles in question.

Chigweshe confirmed that the two vehicles in question had been issued to Moyo and George Charamba, the permanent secretary in the ministry of Information.

“When we left the Information ministry, the vehicle was recalled and I personally drove it there and surrendered the keys,” Chigweshe said.

Early this month, Zacc swooped on Moyo and his deputy Godfrey Gandawa, accusing them of being involved in multiple serious fraud, money laundering and criminal abuse of office activities, including claims that the Zanu PF politburo member benefited from Zimdef donations that involved the irregular purchase of bicycles which he donated to his Tsholotsho North constituency.

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

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 Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe, has accused Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa faction) and key players at Zacc of waging a factionally-driven war against him.

Moyo has in the past implied that the State media onslaught (now its third week) was coming from a Zanu PF faction led by Mnangagwa in the internecine succession wars.

Moyo, the kingpin of a rival faction intent on blocking Mnangagwa’s path to the presidency, has been accused of financial impropriety.

He denies the allegations, saying money he allegedly looted from Zimdef was used to finance Zanu PF activities.

Comments (16)

LET HIM CARRY HIS OWN CROSS, what goes around ---------------. achinyanya kutaurisa achizviita muchenjeri. However, l suggest wese akanokora has to be investigated

munyimi - 24 October 2016

I don't condone corruption by public office bearers,but i am of the opinion that ZACC should investigate everyone linked to corruption including Kasukuwere,Undenge,Chombo,Chivhayo or is it Chivharo,the list is endless.ZACC chose to investigate something that was done between 1999 and 2000 when we have very fresh corruption activities that are well documented and the corrupt officials are still running or rather ruining things in government.Sungai ana Chivayo and company,vanoba mari vondopa baba Tencen vanoripwa zvavo vagere ku SA.Earned money cannot bedished out like confetti when there are actually needy people just within his vicinity.Even if you choose not to arrest these daylight thieves ,they shall be dealt with the new government.

Janana wa Bikaz - 24 October 2016

ZACC, please stop there. Do not go back to the FORD Foundation (Kenya) please. This man had fraud allegations there again!! What you have is MORE than enough!

Sagitarr - 24 October 2016

Both the "independent press" and state media are a heap of rubbish. Concentrating on trivia with regards to this Moyo issues and yet there are serious cases of big corruption. If anything Moyo so far is right because he used the zimdef funds for community development. if that is what the newspapers call corruption, then pamberi ne corruption.

Truth - 24 October 2016

I knew this fellow was corrupt.He was poor wen he joined government,renting a house in Vainona n struggling to pay rent.Now the chap is sweeming in cash,all traced to state coffers.Open sesame.He now walks around full of himself,cash sitting in his bank accounts.Ministry cash.eish.Just remove this skaramanga frm government.He stinks .

viola gwena - 24 October 2016

If government cannot show its seriouseness on corruption , y dealing wth this fellow ,then disband Zacc and police cid frauds.No need to have them and dont dare deal wth anyone else bfo this pickpocket profesor.Show yo teeth.Deal dicisively on this desease.Every citizen knows this Moyo is a thief.He stole money.State money.Money mea t for the poor.

viola gwena - 24 October 2016

Lets not bog down on names here. Moyo did his job and now its ZAAC's time to do its job period.

Ndega Zvangu Ufunge - 25 October 2016

Yu cannot expect World Bank to listern to Chinamasas begging stories when the same money will be stolen thru party activities.Government must show sincerity by dealing wth this case.Make him pay back the money.Chinamasa may as well go on leave an not bother World Bank untill this Moyo issue is sternly dealt with.Stealing is bad,very bad.

viola gwena - 25 October 2016

I wuld think its an opportunity to deal with this corrupt thing ,eating away our progression.Viola ,who will lead this struggle of unti corruption?I see its yu and ngwena singing this tune vehemently ,but how seriouse is yo ngwena on this?

gandanga - 25 October 2016

the biggest scandal ever is ghukurahundi and mnangagwa must account

truth - 25 October 2016

TRUTH, you must be corrupt to the bone, over and above that, you seem to be oblivious to the PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT ACT which regulates the use of tax payer's funds. Its guiding principle, if you are not aware, is generally that public funds are only to be used for purposes for which they were budgeted for, besides that, an accounting officer might have to seek approval from Treasury if funds were to be diverted either from one vote to another, or from one item to another if it is moving within the same vote, so, if Moyo did not seek that authority to divert funds, then, I, an ordinary man in the street am fully aware that an offence has been committed and I, from my side, am eagerly waiting for the law to take its course against Moyo and against YOU if you are the one with the other 4x4.

IsheZimuto - 25 October 2016

@ishezimuto, dont expose your ignorance here,yu have no clue of any act,the zimdef money comes from subscriptions from industry and not the budget vote,i as a big employer am happy with how the money we contribute to zimdef was used,the prof did not gain personally but the people benefitted,@ishezimuto yu are just a tribalist pained that moyo distributed money in tsholotsho,if yu are really concerned,why not raise issue that mnangagwa diverted zinara funds to build a tarred road for his sole benefit to his homestead,but no,yu have no problem because yu think mnangagwa as a shona is entilted to state resources and the people of tsholotsho are not,for own info the prof is a zimdef trustee not accounting officer

truth - 25 October 2016

@ viola msathanyoko , start by removing amasperms kamnangagwa from your peshe msathanyoko shona lothuvi.

Ndoda - 25 October 2016

Leave Robin Hood alone please. Kkkkkkkkkkkkk. Amama musorobhangu.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 25 October 2016

Give us details of what happened at the Ford Foundation in Kenya open up more can of worms

Open the can of worms - 25 October 2016

This Moyo has always been a thief. Remember before joining government around 1999 , he ran away from Ford Foundation of Kenya, an NGO, when he was under investigation for embezzlement of funds.

John Ncube - 26 October 2016

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