Prof Moyo threat­ens to sue VP Mnan­gagwa, Zim­pa­pers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

HIGHER and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo yes­ter­day threat­ened to sue Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, sev­eral State in­sti­tu­tions, Zim­pa­pers and its jour­nal­ists fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions that he si­phoned more than $400 000 from the Zim­babwe Man­power De­vel­op­ment Fund.

He also threat­ened le­gal ac­tion against In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dr Christo­pher Mushohwe and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Mr Ge­orge Charamba, the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity.

Prof Moyo, who is­sued a state­ment via the pri­vate me­dia, at­tacked con­sti­tu­tion­ally es­tab­lished in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sions prin­ci­pally the NPA and ZACC. He de­scribed as “patently un­law­ful” the ap­point­ment of mem­bers to the two bod­ies.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe swore-in the mem­bers ap­pointed to those bod­ies in Fe­bru­ary.

In his state­ment, which did not ad­dress the charges lev­elled against him, Prof Moyo claimed he was a vic­tim of suc­ces­sion politics. Lawyers said the tac­tics be­ing used by Prof Moyo were not com­pe­tent de­fences in a court of law.

Prof Moyo, who has ad­mit­ted to di­vert­ing the Zimdef funds to his con­stituency, said the NPA was im­prop­erly con­sti­tuted and the ap­point­ment of act­ing Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral Ray Gova was un­law­ful. “Re­cent events in the coun­try have put in plain sight the un­de­sir­abil­ity of per­sons from other agen­cies and or­gan­i­sa­tions of Govern­ment be­ing sec­onded to in­sti­tu­tions such as the NPA,” he said.

“Sec­tion 261 (3) pro­hibits this. The NPA there­fore is im­prop­erly con­sti­tuted to the ex­tent of the par­tic­i­pa­tion of these of­fi­cers who are ac­tive mem­bers of these or­gan­i­sa­tions and have their own al­le­giance to their par­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions. Taken to­gether with the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Gova and the open fac­tional cap­ture, which is on­go­ing, it is clear that the NPA is il­le­gally con­sti­tuted in vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion thus ren­der­ing its de­ci­sions since Gova’s ap­point­ment void ab ini­tio.”

Prof Moyo is ac­cused of si­phon­ing the money in con­nivance with his deputy Dr God­frey Gan­dawa. Zimdef funds are meant to sup­port stu­dents at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

In­for­ma­tion from ZACC shows that the pair si­phoned the money through shelf com­pa­nies and Dr Gan­dawa’s per­sonal ac­count. At one point, Dr Gan­dawa bought per­sonal fur­ni­ture from the pro­ceeds, while Prof Moyo con­firmed buy­ing bi­cy­cles for peo­ple in his con­stituency.

How­ever, Prof Moyo and his deputy’s ac­tions have been roundly con­demned by the Em­ploy­ers’ Con­fed­er­a­tion of Zim­babwe (EMCOZ) that con­trib­utes 100 per­cent of the money to Zimdef to train the coun­try’s man­power and to equip tech­ni­cal col­leges and poly­tech­nics with state of the art-equip­ment.

Some stu­dents’ unions who are the sole ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the fund have con­demned Prof Moyo for liken­ing him­self to the leg­endary fictional char­ac­ter, Robin Hood, the prince of thieves who robbed the rich to give to the poor.

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