Goat Scheme Scandal (US$40 Million)

In an exclusive report by Nehanda Radio, the contents of a ZACC memorandum have revealed alarming details surrounding the Presidential Goat Scheme scandal. The exposé exposes the alleged involvement of prominent individuals in a tangled web of corruption and deceit, which, if confirmed, would cast a damning light on the integrity of those implicated. The report serves as a potent reminder of the corrosive impact of corruption on the social fabric of Zimbabwean society, and underscores the urgent need for decisive action to root out this pernicious phenomenon.

In an explosive revelation contained within the ZACC memorandum, Moses Mpofu and Mike Chimombe stand accused of embezzling an astounding sum of US$40 million, designated for the procurement and distribution of goats to disadvantaged families in Zimbabwe. It is alleged that, instead of using these resources for their intended purpose, the accused individuals diverted the funds for their own personal enrichment, investing in extravagant real estate and lavish vehicles. The misappropriation of public resources on such a grand scale represents a flagrant breach of public trust and a perversion of the very principles of public service.

If charged for theft of trust property this will be under Section 113 of the Criminal Law [Codification and Reform] Act Chapter 9:23 and Money Laundering as defined in Section 8 (2) of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act [Chapter 9:24].

The ZACC memo states that, “It is alleged that the accused persons were paid US$40 million by the Treasury for them to supply and deliver goats meant to support the underprivileged households across the country under the Presidential Goats Scheme.” However, instead of delivering the goats, they allegedly diverted the money to their own personal use.

The memo states that “….. on 16 November 2021, the Government of Zimbabwe represented by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development entered into a contract agreement with  Blackdeck Livestock and Poultry Farming represented by Moses Mpofu valued at US$87,757,168.00 for the supply and delivery of 632,001 goats over a period of five years.”

A critical finding by ZACC is that there is no company registered in Zimbabwe as  Blackdeck Livestock and Poultry Farming, but what they found is Blackdeck Private Limited that was registered on 12 February 2015 with two Directors being Moses Mpofu and Phinas Hazvineyi Kabisira. It is not clear why the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development entered into a contract agreement with  Blackdeck Livestock and Poultry Farming entered into an agreement with a non-existent company.

ZACC reveals that the Ministry of Lands transferred ZWL901,294,200.00 and ZWL 698,705,800.00 into Blackdeck’s CABS bank account on April 21, 2022, and June 29, 2022, respectively, towards the supply and delivery of goats. The total amount transferred is ZWL1.6 billion or US$7,712,197.10. Read More. ACT-SA will provide more information about the case as investigations progress

Tracking Progress with the Investigations and Prosecution of Mpofu and Chimombe

On June 24, 2024, Moses Mpofu and Mike Chimombe, accompanied by their legal counsel, dutifully reported to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission to lend their cooperation to the ongoing investigation. However, the designated investigating officer, Henry Chapwanya, allegedly informed the accused parties that he was currently engaged in another case and would make himself available for the interviews at a later date. This postponement has cast doubts on the urgency with which the investigation is being pursued, potentially undermining the prospects for a timely and thorough examination of the allegations at hand. A picture by the Newshawks shows the duo standing with their lawyer. Read More