Arrest Jonathan Moyo: Mliswa

HARARE - Independent Norton MP Temba Mliswa yesterday called for the arrest of Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo on allegations of abuse of public funds.

Moyo was recently in the eye of a storm over corruption allegations that saw him appear before the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc). He was charged with embezzling over $400 000 from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef).

Moyo, who flatly denies abusing the Zimdef funds, has successfully lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) stopping his arrest and prosecution, arguing that Zacc is not empowered to do so.

Contributing to a question and answer session in the National Assembly yesterday, Mliswa took Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo to task over the alleged reluctance by the police to arrest Moyo.

“The Con-Court ruled that Moyo should not be arrested but does that stop the ZRP from instituting an arrest? When someone commits a crime, they should be arrested and go to Rotten Row (Magistrates) Court. I have been arrested 70 times myself and was acquitted 70 times and that must apply to everyone,” Mliswa said.

“You also wrote a letter exonerating Moyo. Is it because the president (Robert Mugabe) has issued an order of immunity to protect him yet his deputy (Godfrey Gandawa) was arrested?”

Chombo sprang to Moyo’s defence, arguing that while Mugabe had not ordered Moyo’s protection, the police does not arrest people on account of media reports.

“The ZRP will arrest anyone where there is sufficient evidence that a crime was committed but it does not take orders from the media but if the honourable member has evidence to that effect, he must bring it forth,” Chombo said.

Further attempts by Mliswa to extract a satisfactory answer from Chombo hit a brick wall, with the Zanu PF secretary for administration insisting that he had done justice to the question.

Comments (5)

The Mines minister and his permanent secretary were grilled by the parliamentary committee on mines and it seems they were hard pressed to explain some expenditure of some 1.2 million. Mliswa make a probe into that and not pick a fight you cant win. Minister Chidakwa and his perm sec need a visit from Zacc aka Nguni yesterday!!!! Why Jono? WHY why why!!

ephraime - 8 December 2016

Surely Themba be serious,how can you expect a big thief with so many years of looting experience to arrest a junior thief?If he arrest Moyo the white haired crook will also be arrested and the one that arrests him will also be arrested and will go on and on like that until the whole mafia is behind bars.So no matter how serious the crimes committed as long as the person involved is part of the this mafia gang forget about any meaningful arrests.They will protect each other at all costs.The god father has the perogative to sanction arrests among his subjects and from the look of things he still has a lot of work for the brick headed professor ahead of the 2018 elections.Punishment is only meted out by the god father in the mafia family Themba,I though you knew!

Janana wa Bikaz - 8 December 2016

setting aside this issue a bit: What does ZEC say or whoever is responsible with this story of Hungwe: ( ) saying ... " “Yes, we can go to war. We can hire our army…our soldiers can come in to help us. We will never allow opposition political parties to rule this country..........." - See more at: His statements i believe are undermining the rights of the Masses of Zimbabwe and are in violation of Free and fair elections & the constitution too. Why then go to elections if there should be only a ZanuPF win and none other. I would like to believe that there will be many of such statements in the future from various ZanuPf People but to my surprise they get away with these such statements. PLEASE, WHO MUST DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS?

WhiteHorse - 8 December 2016

kikiki VanMliswa ukumama nelaw suit yaJonso ye20 million, ndosak urikumanyira mundege yemashanga. Jonso is even clever and cleaner than you. iwe u could not even think of approaching the constitutional court because you are a dull blubber mouth.

temba dhunyaz - 8 December 2016

Mliswa, personal vandetta shall not be used to settle law and constitutional matters. In as much as you do not see eye to eye with Jonso, it is not reason enough to digress and demand arrests. The issue is with the police, they are competent enough for the matter. Barking and snaring will not help. It is not by might, but by the law and the long arm of the law only that suspects are brought to book. Stop stoking flames.

Swamli - 24 January 2017

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