Demonstrators of the Zimbabwean pressure group Tajamuka / Sesjikile protest next to a burning tyre on September 15, 2016 outside the tanely Hall in Makokoba Township, Bulawayo. Picture: Zinyange Auntony

Harare - A group of #Tajamuka youths on Monday descended on the offices of Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo seeking to effect a citizen's arrest on him over the $400,000 he allegedly embezzled from the Zimbabwe Development Fund (Zimdef).

The youths sang anti-establishment songs and painted graffiti on the office walls, demanding that the minister come out of his offices. The arrest, however, could not happen because Moyo was attending a cabinet meeting, which was brought forward to Monday from the usual Tuesday as President Robert Mugabe would be flying out of the country on Tuesday.

Tajamuka member, Promise Mkwananzi, said they would not rest until they accomplished their mission. He said Moyo deserved to be arrested as he had publicly admitted to serious crimes of theft and diversion of public funds, adding that they had also filed an urgent chamber application demanding his immediate arrest.

Mkwananzi said they were not happy with the police's failure to take action. "So we as citizens have come here to publicly effect a citizen's arrest on Professor Jonathan Moyo and surrender him to the nearest police station so that the law can take its course," he said.

"We hear that he is not here he is in cabinet and as I speak we are moving to ensure that we locate him wherever he is so that we can effect a citizen's arrest on him and surrender him to the nearest police."

Mkwananzi said youths would not sit and watch while public officials abused public funds and that they would not end with Moyo but would ensue that every corrupt official was made accountable for their actions.

"This is just the start, it's not only Jonathan Moyo, all Zanu-PF officials are corrupt and we are going to ensure that they are accountable and those that have broken the law are brought to justice," he said.

Moyo is at the centre of a corruption storm and stands accused of conniving with his deputy, Godfrey Gandawa, to siphon money from Zimdef. Moyo also allegedly used part of the money to buy bicycles for chiefs in his Tsholotsho constituency.

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko declared last week that no Zanu PF would be arrested for corruption as long it benefited the ruling party.

* The Tajamuka/Sesjikile campaign has the primary aim of forcing president Robert Mugabe to step down before the general elections to be held in 2018, according to their Facebook page.