Moyo warns factionalists

HARARE - Higher Education minister, Jonathan Moyo, has warned “factionalists” who are “corruptly using public and State institutions” that they will soon be caught, exposed and face the consequences.

His statements come as he is facing allegations of corruption after siphoning over $400 000 from the State-controlled Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef).

He has claimed that the allegations being levelled against him were a political plot, apparently being pushed by a Zanu PF faction reportedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa — popularly known as Team Lacoste.

“Sooner or later the capture and corrupt use of public and State institutions to enable a factional power grab will be exposed with consequences!” Moyo wrote on his Twitter account.

He went on to retweet a tweet from one of his followers, Nduku Nduna, which read, “Team Lacoste is busy wasting resources fighting Prof (professor) Moyo instead of fighting poverty”.

Zanu PF is embroiled in factional fights pitting Team Lacoste and Generation 40 (G40), and Moyo is alleged to be a key member of the latter.

Moyo, who is jointly accused with his deputy Godfrey Gandawa in the Zimdef corruption case, is facing serious fraud, money laundering and criminal abuse of office charges following donations — including bicycles he gave to his Tsholotsho North constituency — which the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) alleges was not done above board.

But Moyo has blamed his political rivals in the factional torn Zanu PF of trying to silence him.

At one point, the former Information minister took to Twitter to plead his case and equated himself to the legendary Robin Hood, who robbed the rich to give to the poor.

In an interview with the Daily News recently, soon after the corruption allegations emerged, Moyo said he had done nothing unlawful, claiming everything was above board.

And in a thinly-disguised attack on Mnangagwa, whom he clearly believes is behind the attempts 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”.

Comments (10)

Why are so jumpy jonathan, I expect you to actually welcome zacc to investigate you so you can prove your innocence and shame those you claim to be your political enemies. Now i'm beginning to think you have a lot to hide. Let zacc do their job then you can prove your innocence and shame mnangagwa. Handei tione.

misty - 26 October 2016

lets first investigate zimbabwes biggest scandal,ghukurahundi

truth - 26 October 2016

The BIGGEST SCANDAL IS: Jason Moyo RECEIVED a letter from maputo FROM A HANDWRITING HE KNEW SO WELL AND OPENED AND . . a letter bomb! Who was left in MAPUTO AFTER THE zipra CONTIGENT IN zipa MOVED BACK TO zambia? Your guess is as good as mine! Ask the comrades who were in that office and survived kuti ndiani ankanyora letter yacho1 Mystery solved!

edmore moto Sibanda - 26 October 2016

The BIGGEST SCANDAL IS: Jason Moyo RECEIVED a letter from maputo FROM A HANDWRITING HE KNEW SO WELL AND OPENED AND . . a letter bomb! Who was left in MAPUTO AFTER THE zipra CONTIGENT IN zipa MOVED BACK TO zambia? Your guess is as good as mine! Ask the comrades who were in that office and survived kuti ndiani ankanyora letter yacho1 Mystery solved!

edmore moto Sibanda - 26 October 2016

Nduku Nduna, Lets assume for once that VP Munangagwa is the Lacotse chief. In your opinion who is solving poverty between ED and the prof, given that the VP has almost turned around Arda while the Prof is busy stealing government money to buy votes or using money purported to be for Impi and not giving the vehicles to the officials for which they were bought for. We all support our heroes but must be reasonable. This is politics and one must cover his back.The Prof. unfortnately did not. He was playing with a novice in the name of Dr. Gandawa.

Timothy Thorton - 26 October 2016

@timothy thorton,yu imbecile dont yu think killing breadwinners is creating poverty

truth - 27 October 2016

@Truth You mean at Entumbane?

Question Mark - 27 October 2016

Moyo is finish this time. Kana Tjolotjolo declaration has no such far reaching consequences. Your political career is irretrievable now.

gandanga - 27 October 2016

Best way to fight poverty is to 1st fight theiving and corruption in government.State must weed out theives and corrupt individuals.Moyo s case is that of a theif,simple.He stole money from state,untill he avails himself to his accusersZacc. His tribal rantings are nothing but stupid.His deputy Gandawa is full Shona.Both are theives wanted by the law,fugetives, leaving outside the law,calling himself theiving philanthropist.Stand up like man ,eyeball to eyeball wth yo accusers, dont run.Chidhumo ,Cold storage,yoself ,Roger Boka, yu all have one thing in common, shying away from the law.Scared of cops,handcuffs.

viola gwena - 27 October 2016

The biggest threat to Zimbabwe is called Jonathan Moyo.

machakachaka - 27 October 2016

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