The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigations committee chairman, Mr Goodson Nguni, has dared those who accuse him of being a “convicted fraudster” to provide evidence of where and when he was convicted of any crime.
Mr Nguni says his work at ZACC has led people to make unfounded allegations to besmirch his character and added that he was not pursuing a political agenda.
In an interview with The Herald in a week that has been dominated by news of the alleged fraud committed by Higher and Tertiary Education Minister professor Jonathan Moyo, his deputy Dr Godfrey Gandawa and their cronies, Mr Nguni also said he had nothing personal against Prof Moyo and the present matter, involving aroung $400 000, stemmed from a whistleblower.
The Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, who is also a Zanu-PF Politburo member, has claimed political victimisation.
But Mr Nguni said: “First of all, can I make it very clear that there is no personal battle between me and Minister Moyo, there is no grudge. Before I became a member of the commission I was also a member of Zanu-PF. Of course now I am not a member anymore because the constitution does not allow me.
“What happens here is that there is a direct attempt by people that have been caught on the wrong side of the law to politicise this matter as a strategy to get away from facing justice.”
He said he could not solely pursue a personal agenda.
“So, this is how we work, if someone brings a story making allegations of corruption, the secretary of the commission takes the matter to the full commission meeting and tells us that we have received an allegation of this nature. The commission sees if there is a merit in the case, then they mandate the investigations sub-committee to investigate the matter.
“The investigations sub-committee has got a lot of investigators employed by ZACC, the managers will then decide on who are the investigators to work on the case. What happens is that when they finish their investigation, the investigation sub-committee is given the report from the investigations and they must report to the main committee (and) then, a decision is proposed, seconded and taken about taking a way forward.
“I as chairman of the investigations committee do not have the individual authority to order an investigation. In this case of the Jonathan Moyo case I want to state very clearly that a whistleblower who took part in the fraud approached the commission and told the commission that, ‘I may have committed an offence and I want to report myself’. Then he explained to us the fraud, that is how we got to know the story. It is not personal at all.”
Mr Nguni dismissed claims that he was a convicted fraudster. “I have never been arrested by the police anywhere in the world, not in South Africa, not in Zimbabwe. I have never appeared in any court in South Africa or in a court in Zimbabwe. In short I have never been convicted in any court of law on this earth.
Those people who are calling me fraudster do not have an understanding of what a conviction means,” he argued. He threatened to sue those peddling the “lie” warning that next week, “summons are flying and they will be fast and furious.” Herald