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Media Blitzkrieg: ‘Jonathan Moyo Now an Enemy of his Former Aides’

Harare – A few years back, Professor Jonathan Moyo seemed to have government-controlled media on a tight leash – then he would pen lengthy ...

Harare – A few years back, Professor Jonathan Moyo seemed to have government-controlled media on a tight leash – then he would pen lengthy opinion pieces – this that was before he left the reigns as information minister – now he is receiving a taste of the same ‘bile from his former subordinates.’

The Herald, Sunday Mail and Chronicle are enjoying a field day after revelations that he abused state funds to fund a parallel project.

And he has taken solace on social media version of twitter to air his grievances.

“You can say what you want but I would rather be a Robin Hood than a cruel tribalist, murderer & UN identified cross border diamond thief,” the Herald reported.
Professor Jonathan Moyo 

In another tweet, Prof Moyo said: “The state of underdevelopment in Tsholotsho is such that bicycles are a necessity just like matches!

“It is criminal to claim that a decision by the ZimDef Trustee, me, to fund computers & bicycles requested by Tsholotsho RDC is corruption!”

The state media is having a feast.

According to information gathered by our sister paper, The Sunday Mail, $95 800 was transferred from Zimdef to Wishbone Trading through Cabs, the daily wrote.

Dr Godfrey Gandawa, Prof Moyo’s deputy, received $20 000 through his personal Barclays account after which he transferred $19 030 to HIB Rajput PL T/A Ace Cycles for 173 bicycles for the minister.

Dr Gandawa then transferred $27 550 to SKM Motorcycles for 10 tri-cycles for Prof Moyo and the balance was withdrawn in cash.

Also transferred from Zimdef was US$107 525 to Fuzzy Technologies’ NMB Bank account, of which $5 745 was transferred to Pridham Investments for Dr Gandawa’s personal furniture.

Dr Gandawa also paid for 69 bicycles worth $7 260 for Prof Moyo. He also transferred $12 900 to Wisebone Trading as capital to finance his personal business and the remainder was withdrawn in cash.

The documents further indicate that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission is also investigating a separate case in which Prof Moyo and Dr Gandawa are suspected of getting Zimdef to release 100 000 litres of diesel worth $118 500, fuel which was then diverted to the black market.

Professor Moyo has been fanning the tribalism card – and has found solace on social media unlike his heydays when he enjoyed acres of space confronting his perceived enemies.

Before his tenure in government, Professor Moyo was known for his opposing stance on Zanu-PF published in the independent media.

Sometimes, the private media has opened its pages for him to speak. Saviour Kasukuwere the ruling party Commissar is facing a similar blitz plus an unofficial coverage embargo.

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