Tsholotsho victims must appeal to MP: Jonathan Moyo

BULAWAYO - Jonathan Moyo, the Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister,  says it was not his prerogative to immediately respond to the floods that hit his former constituency Tsholotsho despite it being his hometown.

Responding to a question last week at the Bulawayo Press Club, Moyo said people of Tsholotsho should have appealed to their Member of Parliament, since they did not vote for him.

“How can they want me to do something for them when I am not their Member of Parliament?” Moyo asked.

“The people did not even vote for me.

“I am not a visitor in Tsholotsho because it is my hometown but I have got a national duty.

“The people should therefore hold into account the person that they voted for not me.”

Moyo lost his parliamentary seat for Tsholotsho North constituency in the July 31 vote to MDC’s Roseline Nkomo.

The spin-doctor applied for a recount to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) but justice Martin Makonese dismissed the appeal.

Moyo rejected claims that the Zanu PF government was unresponsive to the crisis.

“The government I work for did not delay, it responded on time and it has structures that are currently on the ground,” he said.

“The provincial administrator had a report which indicated that they responded to the floods on the second day.”

A delegation of ministers including Moyo last  Wednesday made donations to some of the affected villagers in Tsholotsho.

The floods, that affected more than 80 families in Tsholotsho, were a result of Gariya Dam spilling and overflowing into Gwayi and other rivers.

Affected areas include Butabubili, Gariya, Dzokotsi, Mtshina, Sandawana, Sasedza, Kalave, Mahlaba, Mapili, Mahlosi, Mbanyana, Matupula, Mbamba and Jimila villages.

Comments (9)

Moyo that is being vindictive, this is the duty of government to look after disaster victims not to ask them to ask for help from the MP. Of course the MP will be able to source donations for them but that does not warrant the gvt to say go to the MP.

Maita Manyuka - 11 March 2014

That's an unfortunate statement from a bad loser. National resources and institutions are for all Zimbabweans.

Jori - 11 March 2014

So the ZANU govt wont help pple of Tsholotsho because their candidate Moyo lost elections there? Is that how we govern? Waht sort of govt runs on fule of vindiction? Thats very silly Jonathan. Anyway we always knew you are are snale. Onece a snale, always one! You and your crew bombed the Daily news rimwe gore.

Tongogara - 11 March 2014

So the ZANU govt wont help pple of Tsholotsho because their candidate Moyo lost elections there? Is that how we govern? Waht sort of govt runs on fule of vindiction? Thats very silly Jonathan. Anyway we always knew you are are snake. Once a snaKe, always one! You and your crew bombed the Daily news rimwe gore.

Tongogara - 11 March 2014

Was just warming up to Achievements in Gvt but Jonathan you are losing the plot here. But deep down I think you are human and will apologise. Sour grapes

bujub - 11 March 2014

"Was just warming up to Achievements in Gvt " my foot bujub. That was just PF's internal factionalism which landed bull eyes (killed other birds with one stone too). Unexpected credibility came with that espose too. Now he is going back to his old ways starting now vindictive to the last like his masters. Remember what was said to peeps of Harare and Bulawayo

Smokecreen - 11 March 2014

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CARTRIDGEGALLERY - 12 March 2014

Can someone school Jonathan that 5 years is a very short term, he will still need the same people come 2018. Hopefully the MDC fellow is taking note of this own goal scored by Jonathan.

Chitowa - 14 March 2014

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