It is almost game over for the self-exiled former Zanu Pf politburo member and Mnangagwa’s sworn enemy Professor Jonathan Moyo as the regime has intensified its plans to see him behind bars on fraud-related charges, money laundering and criminal abuse of office.
He is to be extradited from Kenya where he is allegedly hiding with his wife, Beatrice Ambiyo, who is of Kenyan origin.
The G40 stalwart, Moyo fled the country during the height of 2017 military coup which toppled his ally and late former president Robert Mugabe.
It is no secret that the regime has been baying for his blood since. Especially with his escalated anti-Mnangagwa social media campaign.
Moyo and his accomplices – Godfrey Gandawa, Fredrick Mandizvidza, Shepherd Honzeri and Nicholas Mapute – are being accused of defrauding the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) of US$244 575.
He was once arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) together with the ZRP charged with 14 counts of fraud, but the matter was dismissed by the Constitutional court.
This week, the Prosecutor-General’s office wrote to Kenya seeking assistance through the Extradition (Designated Countries) Order of 1990, to arrest Prof. Jonathan Moyo and be brought back to Zimbabwe on the said charges The matter requires urgent attention as the accused have a constitutional right to be prosecuted within a reasonable time whilst State witnesses who are available ought to testify before any supervening events curtail their adduction of evidence.
I therefore humbly request the competent authorities of the Republic of Kenya to treat this matter as urgent and give it priority that the authorities’ circumstances permit.
The accused will not be prosecuted for any offence other than fraud, based only upon the facts stated in this request. This request is not being pursued for political reasons or any ulterior purpose. The Republic of Zimbabwe also undertakes to render assistance to the Republic of Kenya in any criminal matter,” read the formal letter from the Prosesutor-General’s office
However, Zimbabwe does not have an extradition agreement with Kenya. This may be Jonso’s luck if no agreements are sought between the two countries, though it is only a matter of time.
The Ministry of Home Affairs can seek legal mutual assistance in extradition cases for fugitives in that country.
And, that will be game over for Prof. Jonathan Moyo.