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Calls to expel minister grab Zimbabwe headlines

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Headline-grabbing stories in the Zimbabwean press on Tuesday included calls by liberation war veterans for the expulsion of Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo from government and the ruling ZANU PF and outstanding 2016 bonuses for civil servants.All daily newspapers carried stories on a call by Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association leader Christopher Mutsvangwa for President Robert Mugabe to take action against Moyo who is accused of embezzling the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF).

The privately run NewsDay quoted Mutsvangwa as saying Moyo abused his friendship with the late Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku to escape jail over accusations he abused State funds.

Moyo is facing charges of allegedly putting more than US$140,000 from ZIMDEF to his own use last year.

The state-owned Herald daily reported that Mutsvangwa wants Moyo expelled from government and ZANU PF for allegedly fanning factionalism as well as undermining government programmes and the authority of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“We cannot continue to have such kind of men in the midst of Zimbabwe’s body politic. We are saying to the President enough is enough. Jonathan Moyo is literally in a brawl. He behaves like a mad dog in a manger,” the paper quoted Mutsvangwa as saying.

The Herald also reported that Public Service Minister Prisca Mupfumira has assured civil servants that the government would honour its pledge to pay them their belated 2016 annual bonuses.

Payment of the bonuses has been pending since November last year as the cash-strapped government struggled to raise funds.

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