According to reports, President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has told Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo to not take any legal action against his deputy, VP Mnangagwa and other members of the ZANU-PF as earlier threatened.
NewsDay reported that a source, though unidentified said that Mugabe had told Moyo to put an end to taking any legal action against Mnangagwa and co, but should rather seek help and recourse from them.
About a week ago Minister Moyo threatened to sue VP Mnangagwa, Information Minister Christopher Mushohwe and Information Ministry Permanent Secretary who is also Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba, as well as Zimpapers and its journalists.
This was due to a report which revealed that Minister Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Godfrey Gandawa had siphoned more than $400,000 from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) to be used in their constituency.
Earlier this month he was arrested by the ZACC, although most reports say that he handed himself over to the institution having admitted that he had indeed used the Zimdef wrongly. His lawyer said:
“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, detaining and charging him…”
The Zimdef was initially meant to support students at tertiary institutions,
Moyo and Mnangagwa have been political “frenemies” for some years. Moyo accused the vice president of using the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to get even with him.
According to him, the ZACC had tried to arrest him on different counts following a meeting the commissioners of the ZACC had with VP Mnangagwa. He described himself as a victim of “succession politics”, implying that Mnangagwa aims to use this to set himself as Mugabe’s successor.