Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday criticised the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) for seeking to arrest Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo at Zanu-pf Headquarters in Harare last week, describing the move as “malicious”. Acting President Mphoko said ZACC had no powers to arrest a Cabinet Minister without authorisation from the President.
There is this topical issue involving the (Zimbabwe) Anti-Corruption Commission, which wanted to arrest Minister Jonathan Moyo. The law of this country says the commission (ZACC) has no mandate or power to arrest a Cabinet Minister appointed by the President and even police or whoever is required to get clearance from the President to do so. The President is the only person who can sanction such an arrest as the appointing authority.
He said the conduct exhibited by ZACC officials was the same as to undermining the authority of the President,
What happened is undermining the President. Surely when the President is busy addressing a Politburo meeting and the anti-commission is busy outside plotting to arrest him (Prof Moyo) thereafter. This is like is mutiny in a country.
He defended Moyo, saying the Minister was just being persecuted for supporting President Mugabe and Zanu-PF.