A REPORT compiled by a Zanu PF ad hoc committee set up to look into the alleged abuse of the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) by Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Godfrey Gandawa has revealed that the ruling party formally asked for state funds to bankroll party activities.
The allegations against Moyo and Gandawa came to the fore when the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) attempted to arrest the minister during a Zanu PF politburo meeting on October 5. Mugabe stopped the Zacc officers from apprehending Moyo.
Sources said the committee led by speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda tabled the report before the politburo on Wednesday as more drama into the abuse of Zimdef’s US$450 000 unfolds.
“The report indicated that money from Zimdef was not only channeled to individual use but also that Zanu PF requested for funding and it benefitted,” a senior Zanu PF official said. “It was indicated that the party and Moyo should join forces on their defence. Although the discussion into this report was not exhaustive and could still continue, it became clear that Zanu PF had also officially as a party, apart from the individuals, bankrolled its activities using the Zimdef funds.”
Contacted for comment, Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo said the report was expected to be deliberated at in the next politburo meeting. Moyo has stopped his appearance in court after approaching the Constitutional Court. indepednent