‘ZANU-PF DIDN’T GET ZIMDEF LOOT’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Harare Bureau

NOT a sin­gle cent of money al­legedly si­phoned from the Zim­babwe Man­power Devel­op­ment Fund (Zimdef) by Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­nol­ogy Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo and his Deputy Dr God­frey Gan­dawa went to Zanu-PF.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Commission (ZACC) reveal that the money went to per­sonal busi­ness.

Chair­per­son of the ZACC in­ves­ti­ga­tions com­mit­tee, Com­mis­sioner Good­son Nguni, yes­ter­day dis­missed claims by Prof Moyo that the money had been used to fund Zanu-PF ac­tiv­i­ties such as the One-Mil­lion Man March, the Women and Youth League meet­ings.

Speak­ing tongue-in-cheek as he ad­dressed the me­dia at ZACC of­fices in Harare yes­ter­day, in the wake of al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against him by Prof Moyo, Com­mis­sioner Nguni said in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the commission re­vealed that all the money that was si­phoned from Zimdef had been used for per­sonal pur­poses by Prof Moyo, Dr Gan­dawa, Zimdef chief ex­ec­u­tive Fredrick Man­dizvidza and Prof Moyo’s per­sonal as­sis­tant, Mr Shep­hard Honz­eri.

“The public has been bom­barded with lies, halftruths and com­plete fab­ri­ca­tion by per­sons who may face charges of fraud, abuse of of­fice, money laun­der­ing aris­ing out of vi­o­lat­ing the Na­tional Man­power Devel­op­ment Act,” said Com­mis­sioner Nguni.

“Zimdef fi­nances, in terms of the Act, must only be used for man­power devel­op­ment. The trus­tee, who is the Min­is­ter of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­nol­ogy, is the only one en­trusted with the funds gen­er­ated and paid into Zimdef,” he said.

“But he must do so on the ad­vice of the Na­tional Man­age­ment Coun­cil. In this case, the Na­tional Man­age­ment Coun­cil has not been aware of any fi­nan­cial ex­pen­di­tures by Zimdef.

“That means, we know what Zimdef was paid for, we know who asked for it and we know all the money that was paid out of that ex­pen­di­ture. We fol­lowed all the papers that were used to pay var­i­ous peo­ple and we have the in­for­ma­tion.”

Com­mis­sioner Nguni said in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that all the money from Zimdef was used to off­set per­sonal loans, buy per­sonal fur­ni­ture and also de­posited into the ac­counts of jour­nal­ists.

He said the pa­per trail showed that money would be de­posited into a Fuzzy Tech­nolo­gies bank ac­count and then used to pay for var­i­ous things in­clud­ing jour­nal­ists.

He pro­duced a bank state­ment which in­di­cated that former Chron­i­cle Ed­i­tor Mduduzi Mathuthu re­ceived $2 500, while $50 000 was paid to a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion owned by pri­vate me­dia jour­nal­ists in Bu­l­awayo.

Com­mis­sioner Nguni de­clined to reveal the name of the jour­nal­ist from the pri­vate me­dia who al­legedly got $9 000.

“We have all the state­ments from Zimdef, from Fuzzy Tech­nolo­gies, a com­pany owned by Dr Gan­dawa. No money from Zimdef ben­e­fited any po­lit­i­cal party. It is a lie. All monies that have been paid out have been traced to the per­sonal ben­e­fit of Pro­fes­sor Moyo, Dr Gan­dawa, Mr Honz­eri and Mr Ma­pute. No money was paid to any po­lit­i­cal party or to the ben­e­fit of any po­lit­i­cal party. The ben­e­fi­cia­ries of all th­ese monies that we would want to charge peo­ple for, are those peo­ple that I have men­tioned,” he said.

“The monies from Zimdef was used to buy per­sonal fur­ni­ture, bi­cy­cles, tri­cy­cles but the doc­u­men­ta­tion was forged to say that the money was for a com­put­er­i­sa­tion pro­gramme.

“The money from Zimdef was used to off­set loans ob­tained in per­sonal ca­pac­ity by Dr Gan­dawa. And he paid $70 000 to a loan in an ac­count with Bar­clays. We have an RTGS that he wrote in his hand­writ­ing and signed,” said Com­mis­sioner Nguni.

He added: “Thou­sands of dol­lars were used to pur­chase goods for per­sonal com­pa­nies of Dr Gan­dawa and some busi­ness con­nec­tions re­lated to Dr Gan­dawa.

“We had sight of a bank state­ment of Dr Gan­dawa, we ob­tained them legally through a court or­der. They show that the only busi­ness trans­ac­tions that are in Fuzzy Tech­nolo­gies ac­count — Dr Gan­dawa’s ac­count — are de­posits from Zimdef, Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity and Zim­babwe Open Univer­sity. No other busi­ness de­posits are there.

“We fol­lowed the pur­chases and draw­downs from that Fuzzy Tech­nolo­gies ac­count, no po­lit­i­cal party ben­e­fited in any way.

“You peo­ple in the me­dia have been writ­ing that the Zimdef funds were used to fund the Mil­lion-Man March. I want to con­firm to­day that we have fol­lowed all the pay­ments, for which we are charg­ing them, there is no money that was used to fi­nance the Mil­lion Man March in this trans­ac­tion where we seek to charge th­ese peo­ple. For ex­am­ple, some of th­ese pay­ments hap­pened in 2015. The Mil­lion Man March was 26 May 2016.” He said some of the trans­ac­tions hap­pened be­fore the Women and Youth League meet­ings.

Com­mis­sioner Nguni said the Act only al­lowed the min­is­ter to di­rect Zimdef pay­ment yet Dr Gan­dawa il­le­gally per­formed the same re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“The deputy min­is­ter has no author­ity what­so­ever in terms of the Act to ap­prove any pay­ments by Zimdef. Yet we have in­stances where he was or­der­ing Zimdef to buy a car for the min­is­ter and his PA. Th­ese are all pay­ments that are ir­reg­u­lar and not au­tho­rised by the Act.

“We also went into Gan­dawa’s per­sonal ac­count. In his per­sonal ac­count, that is where we dis­cov­ered Zimdef money was put into Fuzzy Tech­nolo­gies and then they trans­ferred $120 000 to Gan­dawa’s per­sonal ac­count. He then paid $70 000 to­wards a loan that he owed.

“Th­ese are peo­ple who are claim­ing that they used the money to fund Zanu-PF ac­tiv­i­ties. It is a lie. They used it to fund them­selves. Fuzzy Tech­nolo­gies is a

Mr Fredrick Man­dizvidza

Mr Good­son Nguni

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo

Dr God­frey Gan­dawa

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