HIGHER and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo rushed to the Constitutional Court challenging the lawfulness of his arrest when a magistrate could have dealt with the matter without difficulties, Chief Justice Luke Malaba has ruled.
Justice Malaba, sitting with eight other judges, passed the comments in the case in which Minister Moyo is challenging his arrest on allegations of swindling the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) of close to $500 000.
The full bench of the Constitutional Court yesterday reserved judgment in the matter after hearing arguments from the parties involved.
Minister Moyo, who was represented by Advocate Lewis Uriri and Mr Terrence Hussein, is seeking an order pronouncing that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has no arresting powers.
He is also seeking to have his arrest declared unlawful.
ZANU-PF Politburo member Professor Jonathan Moyo yesterday launched a blistering attack on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, saying he was not the most senior party member in Zanu-PF as he lauded Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi with a string of superlatives.
Prof Moyo, who was speaking during a SAPES Policy Dialogue dubbed “Third Pan African Lecture – Wither the Nationalist project in Zimbabwe”, said VP Mnangagwa would not advance the nationalist project, accusing him of fronting a faction in Zanu-PF.
VP Mnangagwa is on record distancing himself from the so-called Lacoste faction.
Prof Moyo, who was accompanied to the panel discussion by embattled national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, his brother Mashonaland Central chairman Cde Dickson Mafios, Cde Patrick Zhuwao and Cde Wonder Mashange among others, said VP Mnangagwa was not the most senior member in Zanu-PF after President Mugabe as he singled out Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Dr Sekeramayi, heaping praises on the latter.
The case in which Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo is contesting the constitutionality of his arrest for allegedly swindling the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) has been set down for hearing on June 14.
The full bench of the Constitutional Court is set to determine the lawfulness of the arrest that was effected end of last year. Prof Moyo, his deputy Dr Godfrey Gandawa and Zimdef finance director Nicholas Mapute stand accused of abusing nearly $500 000 belonging to Zimdef.
They were arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc). Dr Gandawa and Mapute have since been placed on remand at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts. Before the trio’s court appearance date, Prof Moyo instructed his lawyer, Mr Terrence Hussein, to file an urgent interdict at the Constitutional Court.
HIGHER and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday threw his weight behind his beleaguered colleague, Saviour Kasukuwere, who faces accusations of abusing his Zanu PF commissariat position to set up parallel structures in a bid to topple President Robert Mugabe.
In a strong-worded statement, Moyo described the attacks on Kasukuwere as “hogwash of the century”, as he also took a dig at Macro-Economic Planning minister Obert Mpofu, whom he described as the biblical “Judas Iscariot”, after the latter indicated that the Tsholotsho North MP would also be censured soon for backing his Mt Darwin South colleague.
All the 10 Zanu PF provincial executives have signed petitions calling for Kasukuwere’s ouster from both his party and government positions.
Besides both being Zanu PF politburo members, Kasukuwere and Moyo are reportedly friends.
Moyo, who is currently in India, yesterday dismissed allegations he was conniving with Kasukuwere in an alleged plot to topple Mugabe.
“From the published remarks on the social media platforms of the Chronicle and the Herald, it is clear that Obert Mpofu abused the PCC (provincial coordinating committee), as he so often does, in his mistaken belief that just because he has a big body, he should throw his weight around and usurp the PCC for his personal purposes and his grossly selfish politics that the people of Matabeleland North have come to loathe for its depravity,” Moyo said.
“Obert Mpofu believes he is the Zanu PF PCC in Matabeleland North and that the PCC in Matabeleland North is Obert Mpofu. This rot of his has gone on for too long and too far.”
ZANU-PF Matabeleland North is preparing to censure Professor Jonathan Moyo over allegations of, among others, working with under fire National Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere in setting parallel structures in the party with the aim of deposing President Mugabe.
Indications are that the province will also charge the Tsholotsho North MP for allegedly airing party issues on social media and working against Government programmes particularly Command Agriculture.
Addressing a provincial coordinating committee meeting in Lupane yesterday, Zanu-PF Politburo member Dr Obert Mpofu indicated that a day would be set to deliberate on the charges against Prof Moyo whom he did not mention directly.
He was responding to a resolution by the province calling for the expulsion of Cde Kasukuwere over a number of allegations ranging from setting parallel structures to depose the President, fanning factionalism and undermining the authority of First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe.
HIGHER and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo leads a 19-member delegation on a tour of various leading universities across the globe to learn how to incubate industries in line with STEM objectives.
The process involves growing an industry through scientific innovation.
The delegation, which comprises 10 Vice Chancellors from State Universities and officials from the Higher Education Ministry, left Zimbabwe on Friday on a three-week working trip to universities in South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Cuba.
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