PROF MOYO ‘AD­MITS’ FUNDS ABUSE VP Mphoko fumes at ‘ma­li­cious’ Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion Byo Mayor warns of 48hr wa­ter shed­ding

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HIGHER and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo yes­ter­day ad­mit­ted to abus­ing pub­lic funds, as univer­sity and col­lege stu­dents lam­basted him for us­ing trib­al­ism and Guku­rahundi to de­fend his al­leged crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

In a mes­sage on the so­cial me­dia plat­form twit­ter, yes­ter­day, Prof Moyo said: “You can say what you want but I would rather be a Robin Hood than a cruel trib­al­ist, mur­derer & UN iden­ti­fied cross bor­der di­a­mond thief!”

Robin Hood is an out­law in English folk­lore who, ac­cord­ing to leg­end, would steal from the rich and give to the poor.

In an­other tweet, Prof Moyo said: “The state of un­der­de­vel­op­ment in Tsholot­sho is such that bi­cy­cles are a ne­ces­sity just like matches!

“It is crim­i­nal to claim that a de­ci­sion by the ZimDef Trustee, me, to fund com­put­ers & bi­cy­cles re­quested by Tsholot­sho RDC is cor­rup­tion!”

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion gath­ered by our sis­ter paper, The Sun­day Mail, $95 800 was trans­ferred from Zimdef to Wish­bone Trad­ing through Cabs. Dr God­frey Gan­dawa, Prof Moyo’s deputy, re­ceived $20 000 through his per­sonal Bar­clays ac­count af­ter which he trans­ferred $19 030 to HIB Ra­jput PL T/A Ace Cy­cles for 173 bi­cy­cles for the min­is­ter.

Dr Gan­dawa then trans­ferred $27 550 to SKM Mo­tor­cy­cles for 10 tri-cy­cles for Prof Moyo and the bal­ance was with­drawn in cash. Also trans­ferred from Zimdef was US$107 525 to Fuzzy Tech­nolo­gies’ NMB Bank ac­count, of which $5 745 was trans­ferred to Prid­ham In­vest­ments for Dr Gan­dawa’s per­sonal fur­ni­ture. Dr Gan­dawa also paid for 69 bi­cy­cles worth $7 260 for Prof Moyo. He also trans­ferred $12 900 to Wise­bone Trad­ing as cap­i­tal to fi­nance his per­sonal busi­ness and the re­main­der was with­drawn in cash.

The doc­u­ments fur­ther in­di­cate that the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing a separate case in which Prof Moyo and Dr Gan­dawa are sus­pected of get­ting Zimdef to re­lease 100 000 litres of diesel worth $118 500, fuel which was then di­verted to the black mar­ket.

It is al­leged the fuel was re­quested by the Zim­babwe Youth Coun­cil on July 26 for a “skills gap as­sess­ment pro­gramme”.

Dr Gan­dawa rec­om­mended the al­lo­ca­tion and Prof Moyo gave his ap­proval on Au­gust 4, 2016.

And Prof Moyo on his twit­ter han­dle said: “I ap­proved re­quest for 100K litres of fuel from CEO of NYC Liv­ing­stone Dzikira. He & Kudzai Chipanga took ALL of it!”

The Zim­babwe Na­tional Stu­dents Union sec­re­tary­gen­eral Makom­borero Harizivishe warned Prof Moyo to de­sist from us­ing the tribal card and face the con­se­quences of his ac­tions.

“The Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion should never use is­sues like Guku­rahundi or imag­i­nary movie char­ac­ters like Robin Hood to jus­tify thiev­ing, cor­rup­tion and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties,” the Zi­nasu sec­re­tary-gen­eral said.

He said statis­tics show that there were higher and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents who can claim vic­tim to the his­tor­i­cal cat­a­strophic events like Guku­rahundi.

“These stu­dents are now dou­ble vic­tims of both the his­toric dis­as­ter and Prof Jonathan Moyo’s so called Robin Hood tac­tics,” said Haruzivishe.

“We can­not even call Min­is­ter Moyo’s de­fence ACT­ING Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko yes­ter­day slammed the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ZACC) for “ma­li­ciously” seek­ing to ar­rest Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo at the Zanu-PF na­tional head­quar­ters in Harare.

He said ZACC has no pow­ers to ar­rest a Cabi­net Min­is­ter with­out au­tho­ri­sa­tion from the Pres­i­dent.

Me­dia re­ports said a team of ZACC in­ves­ti­ga­tors led by chief in­ves­ti­ga­tions of­fi­cer Mr Alex Masiye, in the com­pany of po­lice, re­port­edly sought to ar­rest Prof Moyo af­ter a Polit­buro meet­ing on Wed­nes­day last week.

“There is this top­i­cal is­sue in­volv­ing the (Zim­babwe) Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, which wanted to ar­rest Min­is­ter Jonathan Moyo. The law of this coun­try says the com­mis­sion (ZACC) has no man­date or power to ar­rest a Cabi­net Min­is­ter ap­pointed by the Pres­i­dent and even po­lice or who­ever is re­quired to get clear­ance from the Pres­i­dent to do so. The Pres­i­dent is the only per­son who can sanc­tion such an ar­rest as the ap­point­ing au­thor­ity,” said Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mphoko.

He said the con­duct ex­hib­ited by ZACC of­fi­cials was “tan­ta­mount to un­der­min­ing the au­thor­ity of the Pres­i­dent.”

“If you want to ar­rest a se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial such as a prin­ci­pal di­rec­tor or Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, you need to ap­proach the Chief Sec­re­tary to the Pres­i­dent and Cabi­net, but when­ever po­lice in­tend to ar­rest a Cabi­net Min­is­ter, they should first seek per­mis­sion to do so from the Pres­i­dent. What hap­pened is clear mal­ice by peo­ple who want to do things the il­le­gal way,” said the Act­ing Pres­i­dent.

“What hap­pened is un­der­min­ing the Pres­i­dent. Surely when the Pres­i­dent is busy ad­dress­ing a Polit­buro meet­ing and the anti-com­mis­sion is busy out­side plot­ting to ar­rest him (Prof Moyo) there­after. This is like it’s mutiny in a coun­try.”

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mphoko said no mat­ter how pow­er­ful a politi­cian might ap­pear in the eyes of the pub­lic, their pow­ers can­not over­ride Pres­i­den­tial de­ci­sions.

He de­fended Prof Moyo, say­ing, the Min­is­ter was just be­ing per­se­cuted for sup­port­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu-PF.

“His (Prof Moyo) only crime is that he sup­ports the Pres­i­dent and those who want to have him ar­rested are peo­ple who do not sup­port the Pres­i­dent be­cause the One Mil­lion Man march is a Zanu-PF ini­tia­tive and the 21st Fe­bru­ary Move­ment is a legacy of the

child­ish for fear of in­sult­ing chil­dren,” Haruzivishe said.

He also ad­vised the min­istry of­fi­cials that is­sues like the Guku­rahundi dis­tur­bances should never be ad­dressed through Zimdef cof­fers, but in the Polit­buro, Cabi­net and Par­lia­ment which are plat­forms Prof Pres­i­dent. So why do you ar­rest such a per­son?” he asked.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Mphoko also ques­tioned the ra­tio­nale be­hind the plot to ar­rest Prof Moyo in Par­lia­ment yet leg­is­la­tors en­joyed Par­lia­men­tary im­mu­nity.

“This is mis­chievous and we’re ac­tu­ally hunt­ing for the per­son who is be­hind all this. Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment have im­mu­nity and they can­not be ar­rested in Par­lia­ment, but those boys were given an or­der to ar­rest Prof Moyo,” he said.

The ZACC re­port re­vealed al­le­ga­tions of fraud and crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice re­sult­ing in the em­bez­zle­ment of about $430 000 of Zim­babwe Man­power Devel­op­ment Fund (Zimdef) money, al­legedly by the min­is­ter, his deputy Dr God­frey Gan­dawa and some of­fi­cials.

Al­le­ga­tions pointed to cor­rupt and fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions in­volv­ing the min­istry, and two com­pa­nies namely Fuzzy Tech­nolo­gies (Pvt) Ltd and Wise­bone Trad­ing. The Zim­babwe Na­tional Stu­dents’ Union (Zi­nasu), last week called for the im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion of Prof Moyo and his deputy fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing $270 000 they re­port­edly si­phoned from Zimdef.

Zimdef is a State en­ter­prise in the Min­istry of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Devel­op­ment, cre­ated in terms of Section 47(1) of the Man­power Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Act. The ob­jec­tive of the fund is to ben­e­fit stu­dents at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try in­clud­ing when they are on in­dus­trial at­tach­ment.

ZACC wants to in­ter­view P ro f Moyo and Dr Gan­dawa and three other pub­lic of­fi­cials in con­nec­tion with fraud and money laun­der­ing al­le­ga­tions. Moyo is part of. Had he been sin­cere, said Haruzivishe, Prof Moyo should have raised these is­sues on the said plat­forms. “As stu­dents we are now at great pains to un­der­stand why the whole min­is­ter who is also a pro­fes­sor, his deputy and a learned min­istry of­fi­cial were in a scramble to ad­dress Guku­rahundi is­sues in the Zimdef monies. “Min­is­ter Moyo and his deputy Gan­dawa should not only re­sign but they should also pay back our money.” Zim­babwe Congress of Stu­dents’ Unions pres­i­dent Ton­derai Chi­dawa weighed in and urged the Chan­cel­lor of State Univer­si­ties, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to fire Prof Moyo and Dr Gan­dawa. “We urge the Pres­i­dent to fire Min­is­ter Moyo as a mat­ter of ur­gency,” said Chi­dawa. “We do not con­done the abuse of State funds, es­pe­cial the money meant to as­sist un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents at univer­si­ties and col­leges. We also urge State ap­pa­ra­tus namely, the army, CIO and po­lice to step in and pro­tect ZACC and whistle­blow­ers in this mat­ter.” The stu­dents’ unions, said Chi­dawa, were united against Prof Moyo. The min­is­ter, Dr Gan­dawa, Zimdef chief ex­ec­u­tive Mr Fred­er­ick Man­dizvidza and Zimdef prin­ci­pal di­rec­tor (fi­nance) Mr Ni­cholas Ma­pute could have un­law­fully ben­e­fited from $430 000 of the State en­ter­prise’s money be­tween Novem­ber 2015 and June 2016, doc­u­ments show. How­ever, it is al­leged that Prof Moyo and two other min­is­ters (names with­held) got the ma­jor­ity of fuel coupons (se­rial num­bers pro­vided) and used mid­dle­men to sell them on the black mar­ket. Apart from that, ZACC is in­ves­ti­gat­ing other al­leged abuses of Zimdef funds by Prof Moyo, his deputy, and three sub­or­di­nates. The five are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for five charges of fraud as de­fined in Section 136 of Crim­i­nal Law (Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form) Act (Chap­ter 9:23), and three charges un­der the Money Laun­der­ing and Pro­ceeds of Crime Act (Chap­ter 9:24). WITH three weeks to go be­fore Bu­l­awayo im­ple­ments a 24-hour wa­ter shed­ding sched­ule, Mayor Coun­cil­lor Martin Moyo has warned a 48-hour sched­ule may be im­ple­mented if res­i­dents do not con­serve wa­ter.

He said wa­ter lev­els at the city’s six sup­ply dams — In­siza, Mt­shabezi, Umz­ing­wane, Inyankuni, Up­per and Lower Ncema — stand at less than 30 per­cent of their cu­mu­la­tive ca­pac­ity.

“This is a se­ri­ous predica­ment we’re fac­ing. The only way the city can be spared from shed­ding is if we re­ceive sub­stan­tial rains in the in­terim.

“As long as no wa­ter flows into the dams we will have to go through with wa­ter shed­ding. We might be look­ing at 48 hours per week but de­pend­ing on the sever­ity we might push to 72 hours. We’re hop­ing that it doesn’t get that bad,” said Clr Moyo.

“Re­stric­tions of wa­ter use are at nine kilo­litres per month which is too high. I urge the res­i­dents of Bu­l­awayo to use wa­ter spar­ingly. We un­der­stand that they may need a few gar­den beds in their back­yard but we’re ask­ing them to use wa­ter rea­son­ably.”

Wa­ter shed­ding is a sys­tem of con­serv­ing tap wa­ter by cut­ting sup­plies for a fixed pe­riod.

At its height in 2013, Bu­l­awayo res­i­dents went with­out wa­ter for up to four days in a week.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est coun­cil re­port, coun­cil­lors ad­vised the city’s Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices, En­gi­neer Simela Dube, to be cau­tious when re­port­ing the wa­ter sit­u­a­tion and avoid giv­ing false hope.

Clr Rodney Jele of Ward 22 said that coun­cil should en­sure that all bore­holes were re­ha­bil­i­tated to fore­stall a wa­ter sup­ply cri­sis.

Ac­cord­ing to the pro­posed 24-hour sched­ule, all res­i­dents are ex­empted on Sun­days while in­dus­tries and the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict will not have wa­ter cuts.

Eng Dube last month said Up­per Ncema had al­ready been de­com­mis­sioned and Umz­ing­wane may fol­low in two months.

He said the city was pray­ing for an im­proved rainy sea­son as last year, the to­tal in­flow into the sup­ply dams equalled a mea­gre two months’ wa­ter sup­ply.

“If con­sump­tion re­mains at 120 to 121 000 cu­bic me­tres per day there­abouts, we could be able to stretch into the rainy sea­son,” he said.

He said the cri­sis may deepen if daily con­sump­tion rates in­crease to be­tween 130,000 and 135,000 cu­bic me­tres as it did last year dur­ing the heat wave pe­riod.

Eng Dube said the city was ex­plor­ing ways of aug­ment­ing the city’s wa­ter sup­ply.

He said one way of aug­ment­ing the city’s wa­ter sup­plies was to tap into the Nya­mandlovu Aquifer. — @tan­nytkay

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo Dr God­frey Gan­dawa

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko

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