Documents in NewsDay’s possession have revealed that Zanu PF used Zimdef funds to fight Evan Mawarire‘s This Flag Movement. According to a statement allegedly made by Gandawa to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) on August 3, 2015, an under-pressure Zanu PF had to use funds from Zimdef to counter the protest.
Gandawa told the commission,
As part of skills development for youth, we supported the youth mobilisation programme leading to the million-man march. This included comprehensive multimedia support in all newspapers, TV and radio stations. These included: design messages, supply media facilities, video filming and editing, live streaming of event, logistics for participants and designed #OurFlag and purchased the flags to counter Evan Mawarire’s #This Flag campaign.
Moyo and Gandawa are accused of abusing over $400 000 of Zimdef funds, with documents leaked by investigators and government sources stating that part of the money was used to fund Zanu PF projects. By yesterday, senior government officials and intelligence sources claimed Zacc was preparing to lodge a complaint with Mugabe over the leaked letters and other documents, accusing Moyo and his associates of leaking the documents that have left the party’s funding mechanism exposed.