G40 cabal was on self-enriching crusade

Jonathan Moyo

Jonathan Moyo

Herald Reporters
The bubble finally burst for G40 members who have been on a self-enriching crusade using their political influence. Former ministers – Ignatius Chombo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Professor Jonathan Moyo and Patrick Zhuwao – were on several occasions attacked by Zimbabweans for their corrupt activities.

Cde Chombo’s various properties were exposed during the divorce case with his estranged wife, Marian Mhloyi. In her divorce application, Ms Mhloyi demanded immovable and movable properties that left many Zimbabweans wondering how he had managed to acquire such properties other than through abuse of office.

Ms Mhloyi averred that on top of fixed assets, including a borehole, generator and cold room, it will be just for Minister Chombo to pay a monthly maintenance of $2 000 until her death or re-marriage. She also demanded the court to award her 15 top-of-the range vehicles.

Ms Mhloyi also claimed other properties that included two Glen View houses, two flats in Queensdale, a property in Katanga Township, stand number 1037 Mount Pleasant Heights, four Norton business stands, three Chinhoyi business stands, four Banket business stands, one commercial stand in Epworth, two residential stands in Chirundu, four commercial stands in Kariba, one stand in Ruwa, one stand in Chinhoyi, two stands in Mutare, two stands in Binga, four stands in Victoria Falls and one stand in Zvimba rural.

There were also properties in Chitungwiza (two residential and two commercial stands), Beitbridge (four stands), 20 stands in Crow Hill, Borrowdale, 10 stands in Glen Lorne, two flats at Eastview Gardens (B319 and B320), one flat at San Sebastian Flats in the Avenues, Harare.

Patrick Zhuwao

Patrick Zhuwao

There was a property at Number 79 West Road, Avondale; a Greendale house; Number 36 Cleveland Road, Milton Park; Number 135 Port Road, Norton; two Bulawayo houses; Number 18 Cuba Road, Mount Pleasant; Number 45 Basset Crescent, Alexandra Park; two Chegutu houses; one Glen Lorne house; two houses (Victoria Falls); a stand along Simon Mazorodze Road; Norton (one stand); Avondale (two stands); 365 Beverly House (one stand); Bulawayo (three stands); Mica Point Kariba (one stand).

Ms Mhloyi further wanted the court to share farming equipment at New Allan Grange Farm, including three tractors, two new combine harvesters, two boom sprayers and two engines. She was also seeking an order compelling Minister Chombo to cede to her shares in the family’s 10 companies, including Dickest,Hamdinger, Landberry and Track in Security Company.

Ms Mhloyi wanted shares in Mvurwi Mine and hunting safari lodges in Chiredzi, Hwange, Magunje and Chirundu, as well as properties in South Africa. Former Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo also admitted to abusing public funds, as university and college students suffered.

He even likened himself to Robin Hood, an English folklore character infamous for robbing the rich to give to the poor. Prof Moyo faced allegations of defrauding the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) of nearly $500 000. He was accused of transferring $95 800 from Zimdef to Wishbone Trading through CABS.

Cde Kasukuwere

Cde Kasukuwere

Dr Godfrey Gandawa, Minister Moyo’s deputy, was also accused of receiving $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 Prof Moyo. Dr Gandawa reportedly transferred another $27 550 to SKM Motorcycles for 10 tri-cycles for Prof Moyo and the balance was withdrawn in cash.

Dr Godfrey Gandawa

Dr Godfrey Gandawa

About $107 525 was transferred from Zimdef 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 Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) was also investigating a separate case in which Prof Moyo and Dr Gandawa were suspected of getting Zimdef to release 100 000 litres of diesel worth $118 500, fuel which was then allegedly diverted to the black market.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere made news headlines for allegedly demanding a $5 million bribe from businessman and property developer Dr Philip Chiyangwa.

Ignatius Chombo

Ignatius Chombo

The bribe, according to Dr Chiyangwa, was to oil him to speed up the process of compensating his companies for the urban land that was compulsorily acquired by the State for settlement. Dr Chiyangwa said he purchased a total of 1 286 hectares of land at Nyarungu Estates, Stoneridge and Orda farms from private owners, but Government later compulsorily acquired the land to accommodate the homeless.

Jetmaster Properties and Sensene Investments — both subsidiaries of Pinnacle Property Holdings owned by Dr Chiyangwa — contested the decision until the Supreme Court issued an order for the parties to negotiate the compensation terms for the land in question.

A deed of settlement was filed with the court allocating the land to Pinnacle Property Holdings. Pinnacle, according to the agreement, would spearhead the development of the land and recover its compensation from payments from stand occupants.

Dr Philip Chiyangwa

Dr Philip Chiyangwa

Dr Chiyangwa claimed that when Minister Kasukuwere assumed the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing portfolio, the finalisation of the deals dragged amid demands for the bribe.

While the majority of Zimbabweans were wallowing in poverty, Minister Kasukuwere incensed the masses for allegedly constructing a massive 50-roomed mansion in one of Harare’s leafy suburbs. The multi-million dollar structure, according to media reports, was constructed in Glen Lorne.

Cde Mphoko

Cde Mphoko

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, was also known for a flashy lifestyle, endured public criticism for staying at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare with his wife, grandchildren and pets for two years.

He nonchalantly disregarded a public outcry over the abuse of taxpayer funds. VP Mphoko was last year caught in another storm after he allegedly forced police to release top Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) executives arrested on corruption charges involving over $1 million.

He reportedly stormed Avondale Police Station at night and demanded the release of acting Zinara chief executive officer Engineer Moses Juma and board member Davison Norupiri. The two had been arrested for criminal abuse of office and fraud by ZACC.

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  • BonzoReChihuta

    My question is: are they the only ones who are suspected of corruption/fraud or any other crime? If not, and it has been a game of looting between and amongst members of the ruling party, then this makes this news piece a crappy factional report – typical of what we would expect during the Mugabe era…

  • Kwangwari Gwayendepi

    Unfortunately your party only exposes party members who have been expelled from the party. Isn’t it strange that nothing is being said about the likes of Obert Mpofu who have also been accused of corruption? I do agree all bigwigs must be audited. This will never happen though because they all have skeletons in their closets.

  • Dyson Murwira

    Makuzotaura nhasi? Mxmm

  • Weston Mugocha

    Evil Chombo! He didn’t seem to know that there are some people who don’t even have a roof over their heads. Satanic!!!

  • Jimbas

    Wht you have highlighted is a drop in the ocean, how about the grace and Robert properties, patrick chinamasa, obert mpofu, chihuri amongst a huge number of corrupt cabals. This is a biased report be comprehensive in your analysis and bring all these corrupt devils to book in spite their factional affiliation.

  • Awayfornow

    But that wealth is so obscene, the crimes so blatant, I feel that we should have military tribunal to lock up these people indefinitely, in remand conditions, with provision for them to approach the courts with option of a) surrender of property to the state, b) proof of income being above board c) tax clearance on all income so declared as having be paid.

  • Awayfornow

    Or possibly Zimra Asset Forfeiture process ?

  • Tarubva Chibva

    The bigger part of the praise-singers in Zanu PF stole something somehow and must be subjected to investigation with intention to confiscate the looted wealth.

  • zimbotry

    At last some sense from you. And why stop with these people? Who knows, we might even find the Diamond money

  • Loud Speaker

    Begs the question.Why the deafening silence the past 25 years when this blatant a’looting and a’pillaging of the countries meager resources was going on in broad daylight? ..Busy diverting attention to phantom sanctions eh! Isn’t it the height of supreme irony the very individuals targeted by the ZDF on their now infamous ‘fishing’ expedition are also prominent on the targeted sanctions list of mbavhas!..Food for thought or maybe not eh!


    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Sanctions are not phantom. In his speech after inauguration, our President referred to the sanctions issue. Let us unite in attacking corruption while our new leader seeks ways of having sanctions lifted for good of our economy.

  • haiwawo

    True. These reporters bend in the direction of whichever wind is blowing and therefore have no journalistic credibility nor do they have the guts to say the truth.

    All of this gang, including those who have taken over, are cut from the same cloth and are guilty of the same offenses. So, these attempts to sanitize today’s victors who for 37 years presided over the country’s ruin, while they personally flourished, will not work.

  • lot chitakasha

    History is written by the victorious…Moyo may have been the brain behind G40( he coined the phrase I think) but corruption..uumm, surely he pales in comparison with other comrades.

  • No fear or Favour

    let’s hear about the 15 billion as well

  • CentralScrutinizer

    Members of Zanu PF have been looting this country for decades. It’s hardwired into the party now. And as long as you are loyal to the correct faction it’s all well and good. But step out of line… your crimes come back and bite you. Note that in all the cases above there was a thundering silence from Mugabe and Zanu PF. Because they are all complicit. I hope our new president puts a stop to this practice. And we, the citizens, must play our part by reporting corruption and pushing constantly for reform and change. Zanu PF out of power would send a well needed message – let’s support the opposition parties if only to stop this entrenched corruption. 37 years with the same party and the same faces leads to disaster.

  • chipo

    37years of Zanu pf is enough they are all corrupt we boot them out 2018

  • chipo

    37years of Zanu pf is enough they are all corrupt.Lets booty them out 2018

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    No. The majority of Zimbos were waiting for you to expose these things yet Herald turned a blind eye until G40 left the stage. Are you going to expose Obert Mpofu now? Otherwise your expose is useless as it comes after the horse gas left the barn

  • nzimpofu

    How about corruption of those aligned to ED. Your reporting must be fair and balanced for your paper to have any credibility!

  • http://yahoo.google m.matazz

    That’s great but ! ko ivo vanaMabamba sei musiri kuvabata

  • kutototo

    But why were you not saying this all this time and why only G40 are you saying Lacoste is clean clean.

  • #Occupy BlueRoof

    All this morass went down under the biltong skinned tinpot despot’s watch. He gets immunity and his lieutenants are tossed under the bus.
    Even if Dzasukwa and his harlot are immune from criminal prosecution, a civil suit can be filed by any citizen.

  • Peter Sithole

    Operation dzosera zvawakaba

  • musayigwa

    Any mention of corruption that does not include Mopfu, Bright Matonga is a joke! Presenting Chiyangwa as a victim…come on guys – give us a break please.

    Mphoko and Jonso are small boys in the game. Where is the $15b? thats when seriousness against corruption will begin.

  • Robinhood

    @Heraldonline this is amazing!! Probably one of the best pieces I’ve seen here. My only question is why do you only report issues in a reactive way and not proactive? You could have broken the corruption story to the Zimbabwean people same way you could have broken the Grace beating up the girl in SA.