CZI Condemns Political Interference Into Zimdef Graft Probe

By Kenneth Matimaire

Mutare, October, 2016 – THE Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) says it is concerned about the corruption allegations surrounding funds belonging to the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef).

Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, Jonathan Moyo and his deputy Godfrey Gandawa have been accused of embezzling over $400,000 in Zimdef finances administered by the ministry.

Officials from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) have since instituted investigations into the scam with Moyo saying he diverted the funds towards Zanu PF activities including bicycle donations in his Tsholotsho constituency.

Moyo’s arrest by Zacc was scuttled after Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has said his arrest would destabilise the government.

CZI president Busisa Moyo condemned continued interference by influential politicians on Zacc investigations.

The CZI president said as industrialists, they were not amused by any form of corruption at any level adding that ZACC should be allowed to execute its duties without fear or favour.

He was speaking at a round table business meeting in the eastern border city this past Thursday.

CZI is a member of Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ), which has already slammed the misappropriation of Zimdef’s finances.

Busisa said as an EMCOZ affiliate, they stood by a strongly worded statement issued by Emcoz in the wake of the scandal.

“We are members of EMCOZ and they have come up with a very clear statement. They condemned corruption or the abuse of Zimdef funds and we also stand by that statement,” he said.

“But on corruption as a whole, we have a crisis on how to actually deal with it. How do we tackle corruption when an official or any other person has been accused? Some say, we should have a bottom up approach or vice versa others say we should leave the big guys and deal with the small fish. This is the dilemma that we have,” Busisa Moyo said.

“In my own thinking, we should send a clear message to everyone by dealing accordingly with any corrupt person. As you know we have ZACC here in Zimbabwe, which is equipped to deal with such cases. But what we are seeing is that ZACC should be incapacitated to be able to independently deal with cases of this nature, they should have teeth and be given room to deal with corruption accordingly,” he added.