Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere fights in Pro­fes­sor Moyo’s cor­ner

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ZANU-PF Po­lit­i­cal Com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere has warned that fur­ther ex­posés about un­der­fire Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo are ill-con­ceived and dam­ag­ing the rul­ing party.

Pro­fes­sor Moyo and his deputy God­frey Gan­dawa are ac­cused of swin­dling the Zim­babwe Man­power Devel­op­ment Fund (Zimdef) of close to $500 000 to fund party and per­sonal pro­grammes.

Prof Moyo has ad­mit­ted to us­ing his dis­cre­tion to di­vert Zimdef funds meant to ben­e­fit stu­dents and col­leges to­wards party pro­grammes and to buy bi­cy­cles for tra­di­tional lead­ers in his Tsholot­sho con­stituency in Mata­bele­land North.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists in Harare last week at a Press con­fer­ence to mark In­ter­na­tional Day for Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion, Cde Ka­sukuwere — a close ally of Prof Moyo — said fur­ther ex­po­sure of Prof Moyo could dam­age Zanu-PF, which he said was al­ready deal­ing with the mat­ter in­ter­nally.

Prof Moyo has likened his ac­tions to those of Robin Hood.

Robin Hood is a leg­endary out­law in Bri­tish folk­lore who stole from the rich to give to the poor.

Said Cde Ka­sukuwere last week: “If one has to chase a rat and ends up burn­ing a house we then start won­der­ing what the ob­jec­tive is?

“Is­sues to do with the party must be han­dled with the ut­most dis­ci­pline, re­spect that is ex­pected of all of us and I think our leader the Pres­i­dent has given us di­rec­tion.

“He set up a com­mit­tee to look into var­i­ous mat­ters, to look into the op­er­a­tions of some of these in­sti­tu­tions that are men­tioned, in par­tic­u­lar the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion. We ex­pect that team to do its work.” He said there ap­peared to be an agenda against Prof Moyo. “What con­cerns us is that it ap­pears there is a big­ger agenda than deal­ing with the is­sue (of cor­rup­tion). What we’re not go­ing to ac­cept is any­thing that u l t imate ly dam­ages the party. The party is a sa­cred in­sti­tu­tion with all of us in it.”

Prof Moyo tweeted re­cently that those ac­cus­ing him of fraud were push­ing a fac­tional agenda in the party and that they were trib­al­ists try­ing to keep Mata­bele­land marginalised.

Cde Ka­sukuwere, who is also Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Min­is­ter, said the fraud al­le­ga­tions against Prof Moyo were dam­ag­ing Zanu-PF. He ac­cused Zacc of work­ing against the party.

“We as the party are seized with the mat­ter. We want it to be han­dled in that man­ner,” he said.

Pro­fes­sor Moyo and Gan­dawa are ac­cused of abus­ing al­most $400 000 of Zimdef money to fund pro­grammes of their choice with­out au­thor­ity.

Zacc is treat­ing this as an act of fraud and has in­sti­tuted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the two. Both Moyo and Gan­dawa deny any wrong­do­ing.

Zacc in­ves­ti­ga­tions com­mit­tee chair Com­mis­sioner Good­son Nguni last week told a me­dia brief­ing in Harare that there was noth­ing per­sonal against Prof Moyo.

Cde Ka­sukuwere was also quoted telling a rally in Nor­ton on Thurs­day last week that Prof Moyo acted in the in­ter­est of the party, the Pres­i­dent and the na­tion. He said those in­ves­ti­gat­ing him for cor­rup­tion were sell­outs.

Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa last Wed­nes­day said no one was above the law or im­mune to pros­e­cu­tion for crim­i­nal con­duct.

He said ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Cab­i­net min­is­ters and Vice Pres­i­dents, could be pros­e­cuted if there were rea­son­able grounds to sus­pect they had com­mit­ted a crime.

He said in terms of the Con­sti­tu­tion, only the Pres­i­dent was im­mune to crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion and that the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion was a State arm man­dated with in­ves­ti­gat­ing and deal­ing with cases of cor­rup­tion.

VP Mnan­gagwa said this in the Na­tional Assem­bly while re­spond­ing to ques­tions from Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment who quizzed him on why then Act­ing Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko was de­fend­ing Prof Moyo, and wanted to know whether Cab­i­net min­is­ters were im­mune from pros­e­cu­tion.

Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere

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