Published On: Sat, Nov 5th, 2016

Godfrey Gandawa spends night in the Slammer

by Vivabantu Mkwananzi

 Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Deputy  Mr Dr Godfrey Gandawa  who yesterday appeared at Harare magistrate’s court to face charges of defrauding the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund, ZIMDEF , criminal abuse of office, and money laundering, is scheduled to appear in court again today after being denied bail by Harare magistrate Vakai Chikwekwe yesterday due to want of time

To compound his woes, the investigating officer in the case,Lovemore Findi  yesterday took to the stand at the behest of the prosecution to strongly oppose the admission of Dr Gandawa to bail on the basis that he is likely to interfere with witnesses ,the majority of whom were his subordinates at the ministry.

The fraud allegations against Dr Gandawa  are that approximately $107 525 were siphoned from the fund into a company called Fuzzy Technologies ‘s NMB account .From this amount,$5 745 were then transferred into Pridham Investments  to buy his personal furniture

Another $95 800 was also taken from the ZIMDEF coffers into Wishbone Trading through CABS account and from this , Dr Gandawa got 20 000 dollars into his  personal Barclays Bank account. He then transferred a further $ 19 030 HIB Rajput private limited which trades as ACE cycles. A further $27 550 was wired to SKM motorcycles which then provided 10 tricycles to Professor Jonathan Moyo

Dr Gandawa is also alleged to have bought 69 bicycles for Prof Moyo which were worth $7 260. $12 900 was also transferred to Wishbone Trading to use as capital to finance his personal business interests. The Remainder was withdrawn in cash

On the criminal abuse of office charges which Dr Gandawa is supposed to be jointly charged with Prof Moyo, it is alleged that the duo got 100 000 litres of diesel with a value of $118 500 to be released from ZIMDEF and was subsequently sold on the black market.it is said Dr Gandawa recommended the that the Zimbabwe Youth Council be awarded the said fuel allocation and Prof Moyo gave it the nod

The alleged offences are supposed to have occurred during a period from November 2015 to August 2016. The cases came to light after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission , ZACC, launched investigations as evidence pointed to looting of the fund by senior officials in the ministry. Zimbabwenewsday

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