Targeted Moyo remains defiant

HARARE - A defiant Higher and Tertiary Education minister, Jonathan Moyo, has vowed to continue using social media despite efforts by his Zanu PF enemies to silence him.

Were Moyo’s Zanu PF detractors to get their way, this would benefit the party faction behind embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential ambitions.

In a terse response to one of his Twitter followers yesterday, who had asked him when he was going to close his account as per the demands of some of his colleagues in the party, Moyo said, “Never ever. Kana zvikadii (no matter what)!”

And as if to drive home his resolve, the sharp-tongued Tsholotsho North legislator added that he had little that he still had to learn in the ruling party.

“I learnt that lesson in 2004. Nothing new. I’m a veteran!,” he twitted as his followers asked him about his views about the current scathing attacks that State media are launching at him.

Stung by Moyo’s witty and sometimes pithy postings on social media, Mnangagwa’s allies, who appear to lack the skills and capacity to fight back using the same platforms, have been attacking him left, right and centre using government newspapers and the ZBC.

Top Zanu PF officials, including hawkish Information permanent secretary George Charamba, have thrown missile after missile at him seemingly without success — and are now agitating for his ouster from both his party and government positions.

On his part, Moyo has left little to the imagination that he believes that Charamba and the likes of War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa are pushing a factional agenda in support of Mnangagwa, when the party should be rallying behind the leadership of President Robert Mugabe.

“Mutsvangwa thinks he can do to some of us what he did to (former Vice President) Joice Mujuru with Charamba’s & Herald help. Handei tione (bring it on)!” Moyo thundered in one of his many caustic retorts.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo was quoted in State media this week saying the next politburo meeting, set for Wednesday next week, would tackle social media abuse by senior party members.

Party secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo, who is linked to the Mnangagwa faction in the worsening war to succeed Mugabe, has also wadded into the issue, saying the party only had one spokesperson, a message widely interpreted as targeted at Moyo.

On Wednesday Moyo sensationally branded Mutsvangwa a “petticoat thief” during Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence.

This came after Mutsvangwa, said to be a strong Mnangagwa ally, accused Moyo of having run away from the struggle, while also alleging that the Higher Education minister was bitter that his “traitor uncle” Ndabaningi Sithole — the founding president of Zanu — had been overthrown from the leadership of the party.

But even without access to State media, Moyo has found social media a rich platform to attack and respond to his foes, with great effect.

Comments (6)

Prof Moyo is a hired man in zanu pf Even Mugabe himself knows, that Prof ane musoro wakaoma sedamba and he likes him for that. Zanu pf cannot afford to have Prof outside its tent.Information ministry looks dead, since he was moved. It could be the reason why all hell has broken loose, in information control both in GVT and zanu pf..Enemies closer.

X-MAN IV - 8 February 2016

Its called Social Engeneering Skills. Moyo is a master at that. No one within zanu pf match that. Right now zanu pf cant afford Moyo to be on the other side

social - 8 February 2016

bob tried to do a cabinet reshuffle but aida kushafla Jona chete. Then Jona had neither control nor mouthpiece and he resorted to socialmedia and it proved to be working for the estranged prof because I am hearing the lad have a following on tweeter. kune chirewo chinoti education without religion is evil; ndifunga Jona ane huropi whakapinza asi anohuseenzesa zvisizvo.

SaManyika Chaiye - 8 February 2016

If Jonathan is the son of Ndava as claimed by Chris, then should we think that Bob is trying to handover to the late Founding Father Ndava's son the leadership he usurped from his father in 1975? If this is the chase, should we conclude then that the dogs may bark but the Elephant still goes on? If this is the case it also explains why Bob has re-employed Jonathan after the Tsholotsho Declaration. It has happened in Kenya with Daniel Arup Moi and Uhuru Kenyatta. Should we conclude then that apparently Bob cannot fire Jonathan as Bob is being haunted by the Ndava's ghosts? Should we also conclude that Bob realises that if he does not ensure a MuKaranga takes over this time the party will collapse? Is Bob is experiencing this dilemma? My view is that Bob should just get Chris and Jonzo together and tell them to stop attacking each other via the social media. Firing anyone now does not look good for the upcoming 2018 Elations which I believe ZANU PF will win again

Ingram Washanda - 8 February 2016

Bob is an old man now,hardly culculates anything.sleeping is now his best activity.all now is left to ngwena to scheme.its ngwena who is toying up any plans on moyo.at the click of a fingure mugabe may nt remember moyo.

nxa - 8 February 2016

Yes true nxa.I hav a minister friend who says he last met mugabe 10 months ago.he reports to ngwena now.

blaz - 8 February 2016

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