Jonathan Moyo arrested

HARARE - In a surprise turn of events, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) summoned and detained Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo for five hours yesterday, following weeks of ping-pong attacks between the statutory anti-graft body and the embattled Zanu PF politburo member.

The unexpected move came after the under siege Moyo stunningly accused Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in an explosive statement on Tuesday, of using Zacc and other key institutions such as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and State media to advance the VP’s mooted presidential aspirations.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News that Moyo, who was interrogated on the much-publicised, but hotly-contested multiple charges of corruption that he faces, was released at around 8pm into the custody of his lawyer Terrence Hussein, having been detained at about 3pm.

The Tsholotsho North legislator is expected to appear in court tomorrow, amid revelations that his Higher Education deputy and co-accused, Godfrey Gandawa, would also face the gun this week.

A guarded Zacc spokesperson, Phyllis Chikundura, had earlier  confirmed that they had summoned Moyo to their offices.

“I can confirm that we have summoned him (Moyo) and he is being interrogated right away, but we have no official statement as yet. We are not sure when the process is going to end, so we may have the official statement by tomorrow (today),” Chikundura told the Daily News ealier.

Moyo and Gandawa are facing serious fraud, money laundering and criminal abuse of office charges, including claims that the former irregularly benefited from Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) donations that involved the 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’s hard-hitting statement on Tuesday once again laid bare the deadly factional and succession wars that are ripping apart President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF, after he bluntly accused Mnangagwa and his supporters of allegedly abusing Zacc and other key State apparatus to destroy him and to allegedly advance the VP’s presidential ambitions.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News then said the unprecedented statement was set to shake both the ruling party and the government to their core, after Moyo also gave notice of his intention to sue Mnangagwa, Information minister Christopher Mushohwe and Information permanent secretary George Charamba — among many others — for smearing him.

One stunned insider described the statement as “one more nail in the coffin” of the bitterly-dived Zanu PF, adding ruefully that the former liberation movement had “long reached a point of no return and will never be the same again”.

In the hard-hitting statement, Moyo said instead of being an “independent body”, Zacc was now a vehicle for the furtherance of factional agendas, as Mnangagwa allegedly fought hard to succeed Mugabe.

“On their own admission, as subsequently confirmed by … Mnangagwa, Zacc, in circumstances that are unclear, met with … Mnangagwa at least twice to discuss allegations that Zacc was putting together in relation to me.

“After these meetings with the vice president, commissioner Goodson Nguni claimed to various persons that the vice president communicated to them that my arrest had been cleared (ostensibly by Mugabe) when this in fact was not true,” he said.

“I have learnt, and it has been established that these meetings with the vice president (Mnangagwa) are not meetings provided for by the law, and were intended to secure that the political ends currently being pursued by the vice president are advanced in relation to what has become public knowledge about the desire to secure a front foot in succession politics,” Moyo added.

This comes as the Higher Education minister has come under withering assault from Zacc and State media over hotly-contested allegations that he abused Zimdef monies.

The Daily News has not been able to ascertain what Mugabe’s position is with regards to his brawling lieutenants’ worsening succession wars, which are impacting negatively on Zanu PF, State institutions and the country as a whole.

However, the increasingly frail nonagenarian chastised his underlings last week, further claiming that the media were exaggerating the party’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars.

But Moyo said bluntly in his statement that his current political and legal woes were allegedly part of Mnangagwa’s grand scheme to smear his reputation as a minister, MP and politburo member.

“It is clear from Zacc’s own records that the decision to effect my arrest was taken at the vice president’s office and subsequently rubber-stamped, if at all, by the commissioners,” he said, adding that such decisions were unlawful and open to challenge.

He also claimed that Zacc was being used in the ruling party’s ugly succession politics as a weapon to attack individuals who held divergent views on the country’s political discourse.

“The events manifest at Zacc in the past few weeks in relation to me are a culmination of a calculated political strategy to use the so-called ‘anti-corruption campaign’ as a political tool,” he thundered.

He also suggested that Nguni was the “emissary” of the Lacoste political faction at Zacc, adding that the Zacc commissioner had a “political relationship” with Mnangagwa.

Moyo, a former Information minister, also said State media were being used to malign him.

“It is clear from the Anti-Corruption Act that the chairperson of the commission, who by qualification, is eligible for appointment as a judge of the High Court, did not address the press conference nor did his deputy who happens to be the commissioner responsible for the media.

“How it happens that a constitutional body finds itself hijacked by one person who actually delivers a press conference in his personal capacity but purporting to represent the commission is a travesty of procedure and in fact is in itself corruption in the extreme warranting investigation by relevant authorities including the police,” he said.

“It is against this background that has no precedence since Zimbabwe’s independence that, on advise, I have taken, and after wide consultations I have resolved to institute legal action against … Nguni, Zacc … George Charamba … Christopher Mushohwe … Mnangagwa,” Moyo said, further citing Zimpapers, its editors and newspapers which he said had written and carried offending stories about him.

He said besides Zacc having no arresting powers, it had attempted on four occasions to arrest him at Zanu PF headquarters, his house, his ministerial office and at Parliament.

He also said the NPA was also being used in the alleged plot to arrest him, further stating that some senior officers from the authority were part of the meeting with Zacc and Mnangagwa.

He said this had undermined the independence of the NPA, an aspect which he said had been exacerbated by the appointment of the acting Prosecutor-General Ray Goba.

He further accused Nguni and Goba of being convicted criminals, adding that their appointments had been administered by Mnangagwa.

“These patently unlawful appointments are not by coincidence but are intended to capture State institutions, and further a factional political cause by the use of individuals who are not fit and proper persons as willing weapons against perceived political opponents. In view of these matters, I am taking legal action against the NPA.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to categorically state that the so-called Zacc allegations against me are false, malicious, political, tribal, factional and are an unjustified and illegal attack on my ministerial and parliamentary responsibilities as assigned to me by the appointing authority, His Excellency, the president. I have not committed any crime under any law,” he fumed.

He said he had donated bicycles to his Tsholotsho constituency using his ministerial discretion to address a need in the marginalised community, adding that since his readmission into Zanu PF following the “coup plot attempt” which came to be known as the Tsholotsho Declaration, he had vowed to render his allegiance to Mugabe and would neither be pursuaded or railroaded by anyone to deviate from that vow.

Comments (19)

No need to talk too much like that, if you are not on the wrong side of the law it will be proven and thereby clearing your name which would be a good thing for you. Your talking too much raises eyebrows that you may be guilty. Stop relying on Bob to bail you out man, that wouldn't be smart of you, if you know what I mean.

misty - 3 November 2016

I don't like the Professor but why just target him when everyone, especially those at the top are just as involved in corruption and as guilty as anyone else. Do you mean to say that Joice is clean or Chihuri or Chiwenga or Mutasa or even Morgan? Political maneuvering going on here? The whole system is a total messup with our politicians just doing whatever to try and save face?

Mbewa - 3 November 2016

Jonso hanzvirwe tsitsi. The guy dishes in equal measure kana zvake zvichifaya. Don't forget what this guy has done to us in all elections from as far back as 2000. He is the author of the misery Zimbabweans find themselves in. He has campaigned vigorously for this regime and told us it is the best Zimbabweans can have. This country is where it is because Jonso authored all the crude and cruel legislation to silence us; he is the author of all the manifestos Zanu has used to lie to Zimbabweans and maintain the grip on the reigns of power. As recent as a few months ago he has been telling us Zanu pf will not legislate itself out of power because he still believes zanu pf is the best. Now let him enjoy the other best side of zanu pf which all Zimbos from all walks of life endure without recourse. He should stop shedding crocodile tears now and atone for his sins.

Nyimo - 3 November 2016

Jonathan Moyo, Minister of Higher Education & Tertiary Education, should not blame anyone - the vice president Emmerson Mnangangwa or the media over his fraud allegations with Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund. Instead he must just be ashamed of his deeds because he is abusing his political power. He must be aware of the negative effect brought about corruption on both inequality and the provision of basic services as this will affect poor people disproportionately. It also brings about lack of trust, reduces legitimacy and lack of confidence in public institutions and above all this can bribg about negative effect on domestic investment and tax revenue. Already, because of this corruption allegations - conflict has been created within Zanu-PF especially between himself and Mnangangwa plus the media as well as the entire environment. I welcome the Zimbabwe Ant-Corruption Commissionfor the sterling jod they are doing. They should continue beyond Jonathan Moyo. I recommend that their investigations should know no boundaries - henceshame tge devil and bring out to the public eye all what is done under cover. All corrupt government officials should be brought to book.

Pythias Makonese - 3 November 2016

Jonathan Moyo, Minister of Higher Education & Tertiary Education, should not blame anyone - the vice president Emmerson Mnangangwa or the media over his fraud allegations with Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund. Instead he must just be ashamed of his deeds because he is abusing his political power. He must be aware of the negative effect brought about corruption on both inequality and the provision of basic services as this will affect poor people disproportionately. It also brings about lack of trust, reduces legitimacy and lack of confidence in public institutions and above all this can bribg about negative effect on domestic investment and tax revenue. Already, because of this corruption allegations - conflict has been created within Zanu-PF especially between himself and Mnangangwa plus the media as well as the entire environment. I welcome the Zimbabwe Ant-Corruption Commissionfor the sterling jod they are doing. They should continue beyond Jonathan Moyo. I recommend that their investigations should know no boundaries - henceshame tge devil and bring out to the public eye all what is done under cover. All corrupt government officials should be brought to book.

Pythias Makonese - 3 November 2016

The vast majority of people in this country see this as nothing but a dirty war between the Professor and Ngwenya. If the authorities were really serious about investigating corruption they would have investigated the theft of our diamonds and punished those responsible? Instead of this now being a major purge against all the corrupt officials you will see that the focus of investigations will be on one faction only.

Mbewa - 4 November 2016

Mbewa,are you saying that Tsvangirai has got a crime hanging over his head and the zanu pf government is ignoring his arrest?Wake up and be real.So leaving Moyo alone will making everything right?Everything has a beginning.

Janana wa Bikaz - 4 November 2016

Ebba Bango Dube - 4 November 2016

Please people of Zimbabwe let the saga play itself out and consume ZANU without being dragged into it. Soon or later the spotlight will fall on the other politicians in ZANU and their criminal and violent activities and many people on the sidelines will find themselves involved. Ngativaseyei vakadaro and let them blow themselves into smithereens. There is no room for the entire lot in a democratic and civilized society .

Jaikolu Maison - 4 November 2016

one thief at a time for now we happy to deal with this one till he proves his innocence which is doubtful .

Euxguw - 4 November 2016

Whether the vp talked to zacc or not does not change the law.Jonsor should prove himself correct before the law.The vp can talk to anyone as a Zimbabwe worse still as a leader.The vp does not report to a minister but to the president.Jonsor can question the office of his boss,That is wrong.

john muzata - 4 November 2016

This is only the begining.Tender corruption at zesa and solar energy,ministry of roads n construction, ministry of energy.I herd vp lamenting that owning more than one farm thru la d distribution is theft ,not only corruption,bt theft and seriouse dishonesty for a y minister who has aquired 2 farms.He said that minister is not fit to be minister and must be arrested by Zacc.Zvatizvadii.

viola gwena - 4 November 2016

Jonso should stop whining like a scared puppy.be a man and convince the nation of your innocence rather than drawing everyone with you in the mud. so are you telling us that tjolotjolo is the only constiuency which is disadvantaged. have you ever thought of chivi or binga? wake up man and smell the coffee.

CHIRASHA - 4 November 2016

Watch the space; Bob is decimating both G40 and Lacoste in preparation for a Grace takeover. Within next few months, diamond looters are going to be purged and shadowy characters in both factions will be railroded into supporting Grace> We indicate during Mujuru purge that Mnangagwa is the next target and through G40 creation look at him now (battling left right center. Mugabe knows fully well that Jonso and G40 will never support Grace for President; nor will Mnangagwa accommodate her post Bob. These are calculated manuvours that only fool the gullible. I STILL LOVE YOU ALL!

Save - 4 November 2016

Mr Professor. You are wasting our time telling us about factions, succession, etc. The question is - did you misappropriate ZIMDEF funds? Zvema Factions hatinei nazvo. Hazvimo mubumbiro remutemo wenyika. Ndezve ZANU PF izvo. Iwe uri kunzi wakaba mari yenyika (Zimbabwe) kwete yeZANU PF. Davira izvozvo chete

Dingiswayo - 4 November 2016

Jonso, hold learn to carry his cross,he should not talk to much ,it is not government policy to steal,as he justified some few weeks that he i stealing from the rich to give to the poor.he called himself `Robin HOOD`EXPOSING HIS MORAL DECADENCY ,as if he is a grade five drop out.you don`t develop that propensity to ague and quarrel with your principals trying to divide them using dirty tactics,magandanga haungamatsauri kwavakabva vese kure,i think you need to be educated about that.you hould think like a professer ,and act like one.

vivazim - 4 November 2016

90 percent of ZIMBABWEANS are unemployed and struggling! Zanu pf belongs in the past. look at this idiot Moyo, a bloody professor, corrupt and uses arguments and logic of a primary school child: Everybody else is corrupt, everyone's doing it so why is all the blame on me? Moyo and his buddies in his party belong in the past! We need a proper democracy not this mafia style goverment!

Young Zimbo - 4 November 2016

ngavakasunge kaende kuchikurubi kasatinyaudze

allan - 5 November 2016

i thought that Jonso kane pattern yekumberi but aiwa kadofo kakatadza kusanganisa maths apa . Jonso dont forget that if a lie have been told of a million times it becomes tha truth sezvawaitiita wakabata matomhu e zvepamhepo tichinzwa ana tande minda tikapedzisira tospakwa ne twuma song twacho so Jonso I dont know if you are also going to fool the judges also MAYBE

al dzap - 5 November 2016

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