Jonathan Moyo is jealous, says Mangwana

HARARE - “Eat your heart out, you prophet of doom.” This is the message to political flip-flopper Jonathan Moyo from Munyaradzi Mangwana, the man who led Zanu PF’s team in drafting the draft constitution endorsed at the weekend.

Mangwana is on cloud nine after the Saturday referendum vote and is hitting back at critics such as Moyo, a Zanu PF politburo member who relentlessly attacked the team driving the process as sellouts.

Moyo himself is associated with failure when it comes to constitution-writing after being part of a team which crafted the draft governance charter rejected by Zimbabweans in 2000.

He is now viewed by Mangwana as a jealousy tot.

Speaking to the Daily News soon after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced that 93 percent of those who turned out voted in favour of the Constitution Select Committee draft, Mangwana said Moyo should behiding his face in shame.

Mangwana said he had a strong message to people who were fighting the draft, in particular his colleagues in Zanu PF.

“I was called all sorts of names by Jonathan Moyo that I was a sellout, there was a lot of character assassination on me by him in the electronic and print media. I never sued him or anybody for these malicious statements but I am sure he now knows that his was just a lost cause,” said Mangwana.

He said Moyo was sulking as he expected the current draft to fail as happened with the ill-fated 2000 drive which Moyo vigorously campaigned for.

“He has an institutional jealous because he failed to drive the constitutional process in 2000, and I have managed to achieve that,” Mangwana said.

Despite the sustained attacks Mangwana said he harbours no ill feelings towards Zanu PF colleagues such as Moyo, whom he described as “treacherous and a turncoat”.

“I have no hard feelings. I am sure he has learnt his lesson that you don’t need to attack other people who will be doing national duty,” Mangwana said, adding that the Saturday referendum has been record-breaking in terms of voter turnout.

“With a voter turnout of over 3 million, we have fared better than the 1980 figure of about 2,5 million as well as that of the 2000 referendum of about 2 million.

In the 2008 general election, the figure was 2,3 million voters. So ours represents a 95 percent approval by those interested in voting, not necessarily eligible voters because some do not take interest in politics,” Mangwana claimed.

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