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Zim Minister in court as Mugabe succession battles intensify

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The Zimbabwe Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Jonathan Moyo is expected to appear in court today, on charges of abusing Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) finances.

The development comes in the wake of Prof. Moyo handing himself over tardily to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) yesterday, following accusations he and his deputy Godfrey Gandawa abused US$400,000 belonging to the Fund.

According to the media, following the Zacc exposé and the subsequent plan to arrest him during a Zanu PF politburo meeting last month, Moyo had steadfastly refused to submit to Zacc, citing what he called political, ethnic and factional persecution.

ON THE PROWL FOR PRESIDENCY? Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa
ON THE PROWL FOR PRESIDENCY? Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

It is said he insisted Zacc was a kangaroo outfit and on Tuesday he accused the commission of being used by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa to persecute him, as part of Zanu PFs factional fights in the battles to succeed 92-year old President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

Zacc spokesperson, Phyllis Chikundura confirmed that Moyo had gone to the commission on his own accord to give his account of what happened.

However, earlier on Tuesday, Moyo had released a damning statement, where he threatened to sue VP Mnangagwa, Information minister Christopher Mushowe and his permanent secretary George Charamba, Zacc commissioner Goodson Nguni, acting National Prosecutor-General, Ray Goba, and journalists from the State media.

Moyo contends that Mnangagwa was abusing Zacc and the Prosecutor-General’s Office to further his quest to succeed Mugabe.

In a related development, the Zanu PF recently named a committee headed by Jacob Mudenda to probe Moyo’s allegations that Zacc was being used to pursue a factional agenda.

 

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