Prof Moyo in ‘$270k cor­rup­tion’ storm

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Stu­dents’ Union (Zi­nasu), has called for the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Dr God­frey Gan­dawa fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing $270 000 they re­port­edly si­phoned from the Zim­babwe Man­power De­vel­op­ment Fund (Zimdef).

The fund was cre­ated to be ben­e­fit stu­dents at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try in­clud­ing when they are on in­dus­trial at­tach­ment.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day night, Zi­nasu gave the Chan­cel­lor of all uni­ver­si­ties in Zim­babwe, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, a week-long ul­ti­ma­tum to deal with the two “cor­rupt” min­is­ters.

“We are also ap­peal­ing to our Chan­cel­lor Pres­i­dent Robert Gabriel Mu­gabe to stop pro­tect­ing crim­i­nals, but to let jus­tice take its course,” said Zi­nasu sec­re­tary-gen­eral Makom­borero Haruzivishe.

“Fail­ure to do so will re­sult in days of de­ter­mined campus shut­downs till cor­rup­tion in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is wiped and free ed­u­ca­tion de­liv­ered to the Zim­bab­wean stu­dents as es­poused in our Con­sti­tu­tion and promised in the Zim-As­set.

“It is a folly for Govern­ment min­is­ters who mas­quer­ade as de­vel­op­ment ori­ented of­fi­cials to loot what be­longs to the stu­dents leav­ing them vul­ner­a­ble.”

Haruzivishe said the stu­dent union had been con­sis­tently calling for trans­parency around the fund since stu­dents on at­tach­ment went for months with­out re­ceiv­ing their Zimdef al­lowances.

“The re­sult is dev­as­tat­ing, pau­peri­sa­tion of stu­dents, cor­ro­sive ef­fects on stu­dents’ dig­nity and im­age, and an un­prece­dented rise in STIs in col­leges as mul­ti­tudes re­sort to trans­ac­tional sex for sur­vival,” he said.

At least 22 000 Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents, said Haruzivishe, had ei­ther de­ferred stud­ies or dropped out of school this se­mes­ter due to ex­or­bi­tant fees.

He said it was painful to note that Prof Moyo was reap­ing off the stu­dents while they were suf­fer­ing.

The Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion re­port re­vealed al­le­ga­tions of fraud and crim­i­nal abuse of duty re­sult­ing in the em­bez­zle­ment of hun­dreds of thou­sand of dol­lars re­ceived on the 25th of July 2016, through a whistle­blower.

Al­le­ga­tions pointed to cor­rupt and fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions in­volv­ing the min­istry, Zimdef and two com­pa­nies namely Fuzzy Tech­nolo­gies (Pvt) Ltd and Wise­bone Trad­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the ZACC sum­mary, be­low are key points in which Prof Moyo was in­volved:

Al­le­ga­tion one: $95 800 si­phoned out un­der pre­text of pur­chase of 10x3 di­men­sion prin­ters.

Al­le­ga­tion two: $19 030 is de­posited into Ace Cy­cles ac­count to pur­chase 173 gents bi­cy­cles. $7 260 de­posited to pur­chase ad­di­tional 62 gents and 4 ladies’ bi­cy­cles, that were al­legedly dis­trib­uted to his Tsholot­sho con­stituency.

Al­le­ga­tion three: $24 000 ap­plied for by Dr Gan­dawa as loan on be­half of Prof Moyo.

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