Police have not arrested Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo because no report has been made to that effect, Acting Police Commissioner-General, Senior Assistant Commissioner Josephine Shambare, said yesterday.Prof Moyo is accused of abusing $450 000 from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef).
Snr Asst Comm Shambare said this in response to Harare vendor Mr Hardlife Mudzingwa’s application seeking to compel the police to arrest the minister and cause his prosecution.The matter has been set for hearing today at the High Court.
Snr Asst Comm Shambare said the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (Chapter 9:07) sets out the parameters within which police perform their duties. The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), she said, was empowered by the Constitution to direct police to investigate cases of suspected corruption or to require assistance from the police service.
In her papers filed in the High Court on Monday, Snr Asst Comm Shambare said,
The applicant (Mr Mudzingwa) has not alleged nor proved that I was so directed to investigate first respondent (Prof Moyo) and refused, failed or neglected to do so.