Moyo warns student protesters

HARARE - Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has warned students against using politics to interfere in academic processes, cautioning that those who do it will face “costly” consequences.

His warning comes after three University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students embarrassed President Robert Mugabe by openly protesting in his face at the institution’s graduation ceremony last week.

The trio — Tonderai Dombo, Thembinkosi Rushwaya and Alexander Mukamba — were picketing over government’s failure to create employment, a situation which has seen desperate multitudes of graduates resorting to vending, among other menial jobs.

But Moyo slammed the protesting students, arguing that their actions were out of line.

“My message was crystal clear in that if you are a college or university student, it pays to know that formal academic processes have rules and using politics to break those rules willy-nilly can be very costly,” he told the Daily News, adding that “there’s nothing to add or subtract from this straightforward advice”.

Earlier on, Moyo had tweeted that the protesting students should create their own jobs rather than openly confront Mugabe for failing to provide jobs.

“If varsity drop outs like Bill Gates can create jobs then graduates like dreadlocked Thembinkosi Rushwaya should be expected to do better!” he tweeted.

In another tweet, Moyo said: “Just because one is . . . Dombo does not mean they should throw stones everywhere anytime. Disrupting a graduation ceremony can cost a degree!”

In the protest, Dombo — a graduate from the faculty of Humanities and the immediate past UZ Students’ Representative Council (SRC) president — stood up from a crowd and waved an A4- sized placard inscribed “graduates today, rovha mangwana (loafer tomorrow)”, as Mugabe was seated at the top table next to Moyo.

He was then hurriedly escorted outside the venue and detained by alleged State security agents.

Dombo, along with two other co-accused, were later taken to Harare Central Police Station where they spent the night before criminal nuisance charges were laid against them.

They paid a $10 admission of guilt fine each.

Zimbabwe has an estimated unemployment rate of over 90 percent, with Mugabe’s government failing to fulfil its 2013 election promise to create 2,2 million new jobs.

The Zanu PF-led government has consistently responded to protests against increasing joblessness and rising poverty by branding the perpetrators as “enemies of the State, agents of regime change and western-sponsored groups” bent on courting international intervention in Zimbabwe’s internal affairs.

Comments (13)

Very easy if you are Moyo to create a job not realising the present gvt has made it impossible to start a business for majority of post graduate students Moyo you are so divorced from the plight of 99% of Zimbabwe Its a slap and a disgrace to post such a cruel msg on tweeter You are using social media to threaten and mock students who are pointing out the truth You guys created this hopeless situation for the majority of Zimbabweans Instead of creating jobs you arrest and mock these hard working students They are not related to prominent thieves like you so they cant just wake up and get given a COO job without the right corrupt connections

Naphiri Chisayi - 5 October 2016

There are times when rogue regime's threats and warnings becomes useless. The country have reached that time.

X-MAN IV - 5 October 2016

Prof Moyo should learn to accept reality. It is naive to pretend things are normal in Zimbabwe. The learned Prof should know that people are fed up of lies and that no threat of whatever nature will deter people from showing great concern over issues that are disturbing the natural flow of life. Just admit failure Prof and stop threatening those affected by government failure to uplift the standard of living.

Dona Shoks - 5 October 2016

I wonder in which world Moyo lives in? Definitely not in the real world.

Pieter Herbst - 6 October 2016

THIS IS A SHAME A COMPLETE SHAME GAYA THESE GUYS BELEIVE THAT IF YOU ACT LIKE DOMBO YOU RISK LOSING YOUR DEGREE.SAKA KUCHIKORO KWACHO NDIRIKUENDEREI KANA IVO VATUNGAMIRI VACHO VACHIRAMBA WAT IM BEING TAUGHT AT SCHOOL KUTI CORRUPTION DESTROYS THE LIVELIHOOD OF A NATION

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 6 October 2016

Professor Moyo is clearly a well read academic yet somehow, and for whatever reason he fails to realize the prime causes of revolution as what happened in Russia, China and even France. When people are miserable, hungry and desperate and have lost total faith in their leadership with their empty promises then they resort to taking desperate measures and taking the law into their own hands. Wakey wakey Professor Moyo.

Mbewa - 6 October 2016

My humble opinion is that since ZANU PF and the entire military forces, are way below million, and that the prisons are way below 200000 carrying capacity of prisoners, all Zimbabweans should rather act in defiance to ZANU PF, they will not manage to put entire country into prison, neither will they succeed in beating everyone

amina - 6 October 2016

taakutozozviita izvozvo pama graduation ese.muchamama chete

ziccosu - 6 October 2016

Moyo rants for his meal but day of reckoning will surely come and you will meet face to face with zimbabweans

Moyo Tencen - 6 October 2016

Freedom of expression is still enshrined in the Zimbabwean constitution. Parents and guardians are sacrificing to send their children to school and varsity and hopefully get employed. Moyo and the Mugabe cabal should resign en masse - they are out of touch with reality. This deranged gang should prepare to leave Zimbabwe as their day of judgement is very close. Which jobs is jonathan talking about. If Mugabe was sensitive to the plight of these unemployed graduands and millions of unemployed Zimbabwe he should have addressed the issue at this graduation event. At least for these three. His CIO goons and the partisan zanu pf ZRP were employed that day. And the system even shamelessly extricated $30 from these unemployed graduands! jonathon moyo the only time you appear wise is when your mouth is shut! But your day is coming!

Daniel5 - 6 October 2016

Theres something thats bugging me.How did the goverment come up with the projection of 2.2 million jobs? I mean why not just say 2 million? Maybe it had a nice 'ring' to it. 2.2 million jobs. its like that pathetic 1 million man march. It was just catchy alliteration.

Young Zimbo - 6 October 2016

i wonder why these guys tends to liken our situation with those of developed and as well to liken us nanaBill Gates...hahahaaaaa thats bullshit u cant compare an ordinary zimbabwean naBill Gates considering also our current situation hahahhaaaa vaMoyo kumwe kwakushaya uku......Dombo thumbs up boy

pogba06 - 7 October 2016

JONATHAN MOYO FACES FRAUD CHARGES! Your day is coming Jonathan!

Daniel5 - 7 October 2016

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