Kenya refutes Jonathan Moyo asylum reports

Kenya refutes Jonathan Moyo asylum reports

[is_logged_in]January 08 2018 -KENYAN authorities have refuted reports that former Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo is in the East African country, saying that in fact the controversial minister is still wanted by Kenyan authorities for an alleged $6 million fraud committed in Nairobi.

Kenyan authorities say Moyo is still a wanted man after he was implicated in a 2 000, US$ 6 million scandal while he was programme director for an American-based charity, Ford Foundation.

A news report by the Daily Nation, Kenya’s largest circulating daily, quoted an unnamed security source as saying Prof Moyo had not been cleared of the fraud charges.

“In 2001, Moyo was implicated in a corruption scandal involving about $6 million (Sh619.9 million) while he was the programme director in Nairobi for the American-based charity organisation, Ford Foundation. The money was meant for a Nairobi-based NGO, the Series on Alternative Research in East Africa Trust, which was founded by political scientist Mutahi Ngunyi,” said the Nation in the report.

This comes amid reports that the Kenyan government had granted Moyo and G40 ally and former Local Government minister Savious Kasukwere political asylum. Pictures and rumours are circulating that the two ministers have been granted political asylum there.

An audit report carried out in 2 000 revealed that Moyo used the money for unclear purposes and fled the country before the case was concluded making him a wanted man in Kenya

Senior Kenyan government officials interviewed by the paper — who include government spokesman Eric Kiraithe, the Interior ministry spokesman, Mwenda Njoka and Edwin Limo, the spokesman for the Foreign Affairs ministry — refuted media suggestions that Prof Moyo was in Kenya.

Kiraithe told Kenya the Nation that: “I would have known if he was in the country. Political asylum is a security issue and his request would have been processed by the NSAC (National Security Advisory Council) and the Cabinet.”

Similarly, Njoka reportedly noted that Kenya’s immigration authorities had confirmed that Prof Moyo was not in Kenya.

Professor Moyo is suspected to have skipped the border soon after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launched what they termed Operation Restore Legacy to deal with a cabal of criminals around then President Robert Mugabe in mid-November last year.

Meanwhile the fugitive professor has been using his Twitter handle to attack the new administration in Harare although his location remains unknown.

Professor Moyo was arrested by Zimbabwean authorities on November 2, 2016 for alleged abuse of office and misappropriating over $400 000 in Zimbabwe Manpower Development (Zimdef) funds.

The scandal also implicated his deputy, Dr Godfrey Gandawa, Zimdef chief executive Frederick Mandizvidza and Zimdef principal director (finance) Mr Nicholas Mapute. – Herald/ reporter