ZANU PF politburo member and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo has warned that former Vice-President Joice Mujuru could still be dragged to court for offences she allegedly committed during her tenure as a government official.
BY RICHARD CHIDZA
Mujuru, who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) party, was stampeded out of Zanu PF and government at the tail-end of 2014 on a litany of charges among them corruption, extortion and plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.
However, she has denied the charges, and told her party supporters at a campaign rally in Harare last Saturday that she was hounded out of the ruling party and government over her anti-corruption stance.
At the weekend, Mujuru dared her rivals to prove the graft allegations levelled against her.
“Up to this day, we have not gone to jail, neither have we been stopped by police at the numerous roadblocks that we go through on a daily basis. Everything they said about me was a lie,” she said.
But Moyo, on Twitter, took a pot shot at Mujuru, saying her past criminal activities would subsist until the law has taken its course.
“The whole world knows that’s a lie,” he said.
“Mujuru did not want corruption exposed. Have you forgotten her Chinhoyi audio?”
Moyo was referring to a February 2014 speech made by Mujuru at the Zanu PF women’s league conference in Chinhoyi months following the explosion of what became known as the salary-gate scandal.
Mujuru at the time said the anti-corruption fight then and the salary-gate scandal were meant to destroy Zanu PF from within.
ZimPF spokesperson, Jealousy Mawarire yesterday accused Moyo of misinterpreting Mujuru’s speech.
“He (Moyo) should have picked Mujuru’s speech in its context. What Mujuru meant was that there was a danger that the anti-corruption fight could be used by those in power and influence in political battles,” he said.
“Now, given the events in Zanu PF in the aftermath of the February 2014 speech, it could be argued that Mujuru was actually vindicated.”