Minister accused of coup plot as tempers flare

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FORMER ZBC board member, retired Brigadier-General Benjamin Mabenge says Information minister Jonathan Moyo is using the anti-corruption campaign and salaries scandal revelations to create conditions of anarchy to help himself and his clique to march to State House.

This comes as Moyo yesterday rejected Mabenge’s allegations amid indications that government will intervene to rein in the controversial war veteran who is said to be still interfering in ZBC matters despite the dismissal of the public broadcaster’s board accused of presiding over the rot at Pockets Hill.

“The whole purpose of this attack is to create such tension as to induce mutinous riots as a way of marching to State House. I just hope the party leadership sees through this and finds a solution, no matter how harsh it would be,” he said. “What he is trying to do is to incite a coup. But all I can say is that there is no chance of anybody in the military coming on board. It is common knowledge that we have the most professional military force.”

However, Moyo rejected the accusations saying his ministry will continue doing its job “without fear or favour”.

A number of Zimbabwe’s 78 public enterprises, 32 municipalities and 60 rural district councils are in a mess after being run down through extended periods of mismanagement and plundering.

“The Office of the President and Cabinet has received detailed information from the relevant line ministries on the monetary and non-monetary remunerations of CEOs of parastatals, state enterprises and local authorities,” a senior cabinet minister said.

“Work on the analysis and formulation of a remuneration policy framework for the posts is being finalised. It is hoped that the report will be ready for presentation to cabinet within two weeks.”

Zanu PF will today have to confront these issues during its potentially volatile extraordinary politburo meeting in Harare.

Several public enterprises have no boards while those in place are not meeting. Some boards often deliberately raise salaries of CEOs because the level of their allowances is linked to the CEO salaries. Most public enterprises do not have remuneration committees and there is weak ministerial supervision of the boards.

CEOs also have no fixed tenures and get huge salaries and dubious “consultancy fees”.

21 thoughts on “Minister accused of coup plot as tempers flare”

  1. Hezvo says:

    Asi J Moyo ndiBaba Jukwa?

  2. Gutter Poet says:

    Please try and be less liberal with words like ‘potentially volatile’ because non of the sort is going to happen. You should have learnt this by now.

  3. Mazvihwa says:

    Why is it that some people want to kill the crusade to fight corruption by alleging that it is a factional fight? That how this part of Zanu pf do to kill these crucial exercises to rid the country of these malice. This Mabenge guy is a dimwit and surely ZBC could not survive with this kind of people constituting the board. Anyway whoever is caught engaging in corrupt activities should face the full wrath of the law and in this case they appear to belong to Mujuru faction and if she habours thieves, then they will be exposed and arrested. It is only with Zanu pf that the party is destroyed by ridding bad apples from the party. They would rather remain with a dirty party and cover up, but nothing is concealed forever.
    What people might not understand is that this is a criminal syndicate and organized crime designed to loot the country’s resources and benefitting this group in order to carry out their clandestine activities including buying their way to the Presidents. It’s a group of looters and eventually when they attain their agenda would want to loot the country big time and be friendly to any power that may loot resources in exchange for anything that enriches them.
    As per usual, Vice Presidents are in charge of Parastatals, so she made sure that her protégé dominate these institutions and even ministers aligned to her are in charge of most parastatals and that is it is appearing as if her people are being targeted.

  4. Goreraza says:

    ZAnu pf is a corrupt paty and nomore scandals will be revealed after the politiburo today. The Hearld will be told to shush from now onwards and cows will come back to the trough and eat more. Maybe some day Mugabe afa, we can talk about corruption. The Commander in thief doesnt want to stopping thieving around!

  5. Mabenge shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The issue of corruption was raised by Mugabe himself. If you have courage direct your to Mugabe and leave the Prof alone.Hapana zvaunotaura apa. How much were being paid by Muchechetere. Are you a true war veteran?

  6. Mabenge shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The issue of corruption was raised by Mugabe himself. If you have courage direct your complaint to Mugabe and leave the Prof alone.Hapana zvaunotaura apa. How much were being paid by Muchechetere. Are you a true war veteran? You say ZNA is a professional organization…..if so why are you involved in corruption? Why are you now talking of a coup, when the dust has settled we will ask you to provide evidence for such wild accusation.Uchatiudza zvako kuti ndivanaani vari kuronga coup.

  7. rugare gumbo says:

    “WOW my poor country”. Where to hide my face from the rest of the world is my immediate problem. How can people stealing be the fault of someone else. Regime change “yes – if people are stealing” Except that RG is as shocked as the rest of us. Pasi ma Mai Mujuru – really.

  8. Tongo says:

    The Brig is correct. Jonso has clear political motives. If he is serious about corruption he should start with the head of his faction who is one the most corrupt politicians in Zim. He should also tell us what happened at Ford and RBZ.

  9. Chitopota Chepasi says:

    This whole thing of scandolous salaries is a Zanu pf signature.They new what was happening in these parastatals but only realized that with the GNU gone it was a matter of time before this could be exposed.Zanu pf has a network of spies everywhere.We citizens will be duped to believe these ppl are with us.Just look at the timing of the President ,s attack on corruption,the game was up ,sooner or later it was coming out.Please ,dear Zimbabweans,read the book titled ,”Blood Money” by Tom Bower.lts how Hitler and Nazis used various schemes to plunder Germany.lf you read it you will see Zanu pf signatures all over. TAMBAOGA.

  10. bhekilizwe says:

    stop playing games with us, we are tired. during the inclusive gvt, the MDC guyz raised this issue and the zanu pf guyz defended it. all salaries in local authority were approved by ignatious chombo. chii chaipa nhasi. yu used to blame MDC , nhasi mave kuita zvavakataura zvaiita sei. kwave kuzvikanga neayo mafuta nguruve.

    1. bollo billings says:

      The MDC guys are no different bro. Check this out : they came in and joined the gravy train buying expensive vehicles and drawing allowances just like the rest of them. I know guys who went from walking to owning a fleet of vehicles including the latest land rovers, mercedes benzes and isuzus. How was it justifiable in our context of hardship and economic meltdown ? Moreover Tsvangirayi, lives in a four million dollar mansion that he was prepared or still is prepared to buy ? From which cash ? Mwonzora also conned a certain Matebeleland NGO of 2000 dollars purpoting to represent them. That story never saw the light of day.MDC are no better bro. Tsvangison is really the clown prince of ZIM politics impregnating our sisters here.Nxa !

  11. fuyane says:

    Yes the Brig is a respected and true war vet. But that does not give him authority to accuse people who are trying to control the rot in the country. The Brig is known for his outbursts but please Brig if you have no more contribution to make just shut your mouth and let people wonder whether you are a fool, than open it and remove all doubt. You are still respected just shut and keep it that way.

    1. nhuhu says:

      I salute you

  12. Tapi Tapi says:

    Mabenge just keep your nonsense to youself.Zimbabweans are not stupid as you think!!!!!!

  13. Stingray says:

    If I am not mistaken , the brigs chimurenga name was freddy matanga and was deputy commander 5brigade during the mat/mid disturbances. Should i say more

  14. Brig…chinokanganwa idemo muti watemwa haukanganwe! Orphaned by Gukurahundi.

  15. bollo billings says:

    Mabenge must not try to feed us with drivel. He knows that he is just somebody who has a hard time being chucked of the gravy train. There is nothing as scandalous and grotesque as the level of greed that is currently being unravelled through this ongoing exercise. At Maurice Nyagumbo had a live enough conscience to take his own life in shame. The other looters have become entrenched in their looting to the point of not seeing the treachery of the revolution. You are not a revoltionary or patriot if you rob your people. You are a traitor of the worst order. For mai mujuru to also appear to forestall the exercise is reminiscent of how she unscrupulously tried to cheat Strive Masiyiwa of his network licence which the late Joshua Nkomo had awarded to him. I admired freedom fighters but now they are the peple’s worst enemies at many levels. Almost like the Mexican crime cartels.

  16. bollo billings says:

    The MDC guys are no different bro. Check this out : they came in and joined the gravy train buying expensive vehicles and drawing allowances just like the rest of them. I know guys who went from walking to owning a fleet of vehicles including the latest land rovers, mercedes benzes and isuzus. How was it justifiable in our context of hardship and economic meltdown ? Moreover Tsvangirayi, lives in a four million dollar mansion that he was prepared or still is prepared to buy ? From which cash ? Mwonzora also conned a certain Matebeleland NGO of 2000 dollars purpoting to represent them. That story never saw the light of day.MDC are no better bro. Tsvangison is really the clown prince of ZIM politics impregnating our sisters here.Nxa !

  17. wamaromo says:

    There will not be a coup n Zimbabwe caused by corruption because who is clean at ZNA? They will professionally protect the looting territory.

  18. matombo says:

    Mai mujuru or the vp is simply a joke as every one is now realizing.She has this simplistic approach to every problem as if she is still at a refugee camp.Mbuya this is Zimbabwe.You cant continue hiding your stupidity behind the finger and hopeless conspiracy theories born out of your insatiable hunger for power?You are the only aspiring woman president with a heart of stone and God has exposed your wicked intentions .Now we know and no matter how much you want to do damage control your smelly mouth is already known,

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