Par­lia­ment sum­mons Pro­fes­sor Moyo to ex­plain Zimdef abuse al­le­ga­tions

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PAR­LIA­MENT has sum­moned Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo to ex­plain al­le­ga­tions that he and his deputy Dr God­frey Gan­dawa, si­phoned more than half a bil­lion dol­lars from the Zim­babwe Man­power De­vel­op­ment Fund al­legedly to strengthen their so­cial ties in their re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies at the ex­pense of ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Prof Moyo is the leg­is­la­tor for Tsholot­sho North while Dr Gan­dawa is MP for Ma­gunje.

The Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Youth De­vel­op­ment, Indi­geni­sa­tion and Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment, yes­ter­day re­solved to sum­mon Prof Moyo, Zimdef chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Fredrick Man­dizvidza and the Zim­babwe Youth Coun­cil as part of its over­sight role to en­quire into al­le­ga­tions of fi­nan­cial im­pro­pri­ety which could have prej­u­diced the en­tity of more than $500 000.

Com­mit­tee chair­per­son and Gokwe Nem­budziya MP Cde Jus­tice Mayor Wadya­jena (Zanu-PF) con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment yes­ter­day.

“The com­mit­tee met today (yes­ter­day) and re­solved to first call the Zim­babwe Youth Coun­cil to ex­plain the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the 100 000 litres of fuel they got from Zimdef. They will ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee next Thurs­day. A com­mit­tee res­o­lu­tion was also made that the re­spon­si­ble Min­is­ter be in­vited the fol­low­ing week to­gether with Zimdef chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer,” said Cde Wadya­jena.

“The com­mit­tee’s ma­jor fo­cus is on the Zimdef as­pect. This is not a witch-hunt but it’s an or­di­nary meet­ing as part of the com­mit­tee’s over­sight role. The com­mit­tee wants to know what tran­spired in the con­text of the man­date of Zimdef. We’ve in­vited the Min­is­ter as the one re­spon­si­ble for the pol­icy di­rec­tion of the Min­istry. After re­ceiv­ing all the ev­i­dence we will then table a re­port be­fore Par­lia­ment for debate.”

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion at hand, Prof Moyo, Dr Gan­dawa, Zimdef chief ex­ec­u­tive Mr 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. Prof Moyo re­cently drew the ire of stu­dents and em­ploy­ers after he likened him­self to Robin Hood, a legendary outlaw in English folk­lore who would steal from the rich to give to the poor. De­fend­ing the use of Zimdef funds to buy bi­cy­cles for his con­stituency, Prof Moyo said: “The state of un­der­de­vel­op­ment in Tsholot­sho is such that bi­cy­cles are a ne­ces­sity just like matches!” Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion at hand, $95 800 was trans­ferred from Zimdef to Wise­bone Trad­ing through CABS. Dr Gan­dawa re­ceived $20 000 through his per­sonal Bar­clays Bank ac­count after which he trans­ferred $19 030 to HIB Ra­jput PL T/A Ace Cy­cles for 173 bi­cy­cles for Prof Moyo.

Dr Gan­dawa then trans­ferred $27 550 to SKM Mo­tor­cy­cles for 10 three-wheelers for Prof Moyo and the bal­ance was with­drawn in cash. $107 525 was trans­ferred from Zimdef 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 An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion is 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.

Stu­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives have since roundly scoffed at Prof Moyo’s as­ser­tion that he was akin to Robin Hood, say­ing un­like the Bri­tish folk­lore outlaw leg­end, the funds he abused were meant for poor stu­dents.

Col­lege lec­tur­ers weighed in, say­ing politi­cians should not be al­lowed to fun­nel pub­lic funds to fund ac­tiv­i­ties in their con­stituen­cies.

Zim­babwe Congress of Stu­dents’ Unions pres­i­dent Mr Ton­derai Chi­dawa said Prof Moyo was nowhere near Robin Hood as he was steal­ing from poor stu­dents and should be made to an­swer for his ac­tions.

Zim­babwe Na­tional Stu­dents Union spokesper­son Mr Zi­vai Mhetu said Prof Moyo was giv­ing the im­pres­sion that Govern­ment, where the funds were com­ing from, was rich.

Col­lege Lec­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe sec­re­tarygen­eral Mr Nixon Madovi, said if Prof Moyo wanted to please his con­stituents, he had to look for other av­enues other than Zimdef funds.

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).

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo

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