Re­leased into lawyer’s cus­tody Min­is­ter ex­pected in court to­day

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HIGHER and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo, was yes­ter­day ar­rested for al­leged abuse of of­fice and mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing over $400 000 Zim­babwe Man­power De­vel­op­ment Fund (Zimdef) funds.

He was later re­leased into the cus­tody of his lawyer and is set to ap­pear in court to­day.

Zimdef is a paras­tatal that falls un­der the Min­istry of Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment.

His ar­rest came af­ter he pre­sented him­self to the Zim­babwe Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ZACC) head of­fice in Mt Pleas­ant where a warned and cau­tioned state­ment was recorded af­ter over five hours of closed door grilling.

Prof Moyo’s deputy Dr God­frey Gan­dawa, Zimdef chief ex­ec­u­tive Mr Fred­er­ick Man­dizvidza and Zimdef prin­ci­pal di­rec­tor (fi­nance) Mr Ni­cholas Ma­pute, are also ex­pected to ap­pear in court.

The min­is­ter, who for long, had been den­i­grat­ing and claim­ing that ZACC was im­prop­erly con­sti­tuted, handed him­self to the anti-cor­rup­tion body yes­ter­day af­ter­noon and was re­leased into the cus­tody of his lawyer Mr Ter­rence Hus­sein last night.

Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing with ZACC of­fi­cers, Adv Lewis Uriri, in­structed by Mr Hus­sein, said his client was placed un­der ar­rest and re­leased into the hands of his lawyer.

“I can con­firm that he was in­vited to as­sist po­lice and ZACC with in­ves­ti­ga­tions. He vol­un­tar­ily availed him­self for that process. He an­swered ques­tions as put to him and at the end of that process, they im­me­di­ately de­cided that they would be ar­rest­ing, de­tain and charge him.”

“The con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments were com­plied with. The charges were put to him. He de­posed a warned and cau­tioned state­ment and there­after a re­quest was made that he be re­leased to his lawyers and we duly ex­e­cuted an in­dem­nity. As re­gards when he ap­pears in court that is en­tirely the dis­cre­tion of the po­lice,” he said.

ZACC spokesper­son Mrs Phyl­lis Chikan­dura, also con­firmed that Prof Moyo was sum­moned to their of­fices to give his state­ment.

“We sum­moned him here to give his state­ment in con­nec­tion with the al­le­ga­tions he is fac­ing,” said Mrs Chikan­dura.

“He came with his lawyer. We will keep you up­dated on fur­ther de­vel­op­ments go­ing for­ward.” Prof Moyo ar­rived at ZACC of­fices at 3PM. Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion at hand, $95 800 was trans­ferred from Zimdef to Wish­bone Trad­ing through CABS.

Dr Gan­dawa re­ceived $20 000 through his per­sonal Bar­clays ac­count af­ter which he trans­ferred $19 030 to HIB Ra­jput PL T/A Ace Cy­cles. Dr Gan­dawa then trans­ferred $27 550 to SKM Mo­tor­cy­cles for 10 tri­cy­cles for Prof Moyo and the bal­ance was with­drawn in cash.

It is also now public knowl­edge that $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 ZACC 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, 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.

Prof Moyo, Dr Gan­dawa, Mr Man­dizvidza and Mr Ma­pute could have un­law­fully ben­e­fited from $430 000 of the State en­ter­prise’s money be­tween Novem­ber 2015 and June 2016, doc­u­ments show.

ZACC is in­ves­ti­gat­ing other al­leged abuses of Zimdef funds by Prof Moyo, his deputy, and three sub­or­di­nates.

Nku­lumane res­i­dents fetch water from a bore­hole in the sub­urb yes­ter­day. Some peo­ple have ex­pressed anger over the water shed­ding sched­ule say­ing that some sub­urbs have gone with­out the liq­uid be­yond the stip­u­lated 48 hours. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo

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