company owned by Gandawa. I know who they paid and didn’t pay. There is no proof that money from Zimdef was used to fund any Zanu-PF activities,” said Commissioner Nguni.
He dismissed claims that officials from ZACC went to Zanu-PF headquarters during a Politburo meeting last week with the intention of arresting Prof Moyo. He said they only wanted to interview him since he had been refusing to appear before them to answer to the allegations raised.
Commissioner Nguni also dismissed claims that some commissioners had been bribed to block investigations into institutions such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe and AB Communications.
He said there was no way a commissioner could have been bribed when they were not investigating the two entities.
Commissioner Nguni also dismissed claims by Prof Moyo that he was behind the probe, saying investigations were only approved by the full commission. He also refuted claims that he was a convicted fraudster in South Africa saying if it were true, he would not have qualified to be a commissioner of ZACC.
Mathuthu, now editor of The Southern Times, received the $2 500 on June 14, 2016.
In response he said: “Following the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in May, I was asked by Zimdef — in my professional capacity then as editor of The Chronicle — to coordinate a newspaper supplement in recognition of their achievements as well as those of the parent ministry. Subsequently, in a transparent business transaction, I put together editorial material — with the help of colleagues who were paid for their input — to design a supplement that was published by The Herald, The Chronicle, The Daily News on Sunday, the Financial Gazette and The Standard. In the case of Zimpapers, the supplement earned the company in excess of $20,000.
“I billed Zimdef for the work done because beyond my own input, other colleagues contributed pictures and editorial material for which they had to be paid. I don’t reap where I did not sow and I’m troubled that a whole constitutional body like ZACC now cannot distinguish between a commercial transaction and corruption, clearly blinded by a political and malicious pursuit of myself as a private citizen. If I have committed a crime, ZACC knows what to do and I, as every Zimbabwean knows, what to do is not to have a rampaging, lone rogue commissioner calling Press conferences to besmirch people who have done no wrong.”
Commissioner Nguni name of a journalist from the private media who allegedly got $9 000.
He said investigations showed that all the money from Zimdef was used to offset personal loans, buy personal furniture or was deposited into the accounts of journalists as well as pay rent for some ladies. declined to reveal the