Ex-minister to challenge Mugabe in 2018

BULAWAYO - Former Industry minister Nkosana Moyo has hinted at challenging President Robert Mugabe in the forthcoming 2018 election, as an independent candidate.

The former banker — famed for publicly speaking out against attacks on businesses and factories by war veterans and later uncharacteristically resigning from Mugabe’s Cabinet about a year after his appointment — said there was need for a paradigm shift in the country’s politics.

He recently turned down two separate offers by the Dumiso Dabengwa-led Zapu and Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) to lead the opposition outfits.

“When you look at the facts on the ground and beyond just Zimbabwe like sub-Saharan Africa, you notice there is one thing common in all our countries, the government of the day runs the country for the party and not for the citizens,” Moyo told journalists here on the side-lines of National Youth Development Trust (NYDT) public debate on Wednesday.

“The government of the day runs the country for the benefit of party members as opposed to the benefit of all citizens,” he said.

“My view is that if I get involved in politics, I am going to run as an independent because when you think about it, what type of a president do you want? You want a president who has got responsibility and accepts responsibility for all citizens and not for some citizens.

“A president is a president of a country not of a party. He or she should be capable of being a president even for those who did not vote for him or her. We don’t seem to have that maturity,” Moyo said.

He said “my own view and conclusion is that for the time being, we need to try the idea of citizens being persuaded to vote for somebody who does not belong to a party.”

Moyo said he was “seriously considering standing as an independent candidate”.

On the other hand, Moyo explained why he resigned from Mugabe’s Cabinet, a move that saw the miffed leader describe him as lacking the qualities of a real man.

“There are now 16 years since I left the Cabinet. And when I left, most people don’t know that a day before, I spent about one and half hours with the president telling him I was resigning. The press said I resigned from South Africa, which is not true,” he said.

He further noted that he left because he was not prepared to be acculturated into the corrupt Zanu PF way of doing things.

“I left because I realised that what I believed in the rest of the team didn’t believe in. I left because I did not view my job as an opportunity to loot money. Because I didn’t believe that being a minister is about looting money but about serving the nation.”

Moyo said he was not a member of the ruling party when he was appointed minister, but was handpicked as a technocrat to give credence to the party’s economic policies.

Comments (9)

he looks like a president

chorosi - 12 May 2017

How to weaken the Opposition 101? 1. Flood the Electorates with as many Pseudo Candidates as possible. Hahahaha!

Sekuru Ndoronga - 12 May 2017

Get rid of all the mujurus and Tshwngirai we need a strong one opposition

Slim Cat - 12 May 2017

Despite him being very electable, Zim cant afford a split opposition vote. One has to go, either him or Tsvangirai. Personally, I think he is way more capable than MT but convincing MT to step aside is impossible. Maybe in the next cycle as I think MT will not do much to turn things around. He may actually be a disappointment, Too many foot soldiers to please in MDC so he'll spend his 1st term spinning his head around.

Zuze - 12 May 2017

I think this guy has more sense than this. If Masiyiwa has realised the folly of keyboard politics and stayed away, then this guy is taking politics as a hobby.Even Simba Makoni is staying away.

Guranyanga - 12 May 2017

@Sekuru Ndoronga has nailed it. How to weaken the opposition. Honestly Zimbos! Don't we ever learn? The guy might be more able than Morgan but he has some some baggage. What was he again? Minister of something in Mugabe's government till '01? Lets all coalesce around one flag and turf these idiotic people out. After that, step forward Nkosana, Strive,......etc etc.

Dunlop Munjanja - 12 May 2017

Good point raised, he is splitting the vote. We need a united vote against Zanu, not splitting pple btwn any one but Zanu. We won't overcome the beast by deciding to approach it on different days. 1 voice. I think Nkhosana is bright enough to speak on this issue and assuage us that he is not a Trojan horse. To what end? Does he want to become another has-been? IS he hoping the MDC and all other parties won't field a candidate for the presidential elections?

Kwidz - 12 May 2017

Don't be fooled guys,,remember Jonathan did the same,contested as independent but he was a ZANU of candidate. Anyone who has Zimbabwe at heart should make sure he doesn't split the votes.This guy was supposed to unite with at her oppositions just to make sure ZANU.He might be a ZANU recruited candidate to split the opposition votes&this is just happening now because some of us are being tempted by his speeches. Truly speaking this man know that he will never get enough votes to put him in power,so the question is why he want to run as independent.I don't think all the opposition parties has the same views on how to lead our country, but they have only one goal,,just to remove Mugabe&they will come up with their views later.Me I don't trust anyone who comes against the majority like Bob. Yes he has a point but that doesn't make him a true&devoted candidate. If he wins how is he going to govern the country alone without a party, especially in this situation we are in right now.The only way to change things in our country is to come together regardless our deferences.We must have a common goal in order to achieve our mission. Stop being like prostitutes Zimbabweans & stand up for one thing only,,removing the evil we facing right now

Matsotsi - 13 May 2017

please nkosana do not play with our country we have suffered enough dont come here and split our votes we need to bury bob with his cowardly zanu pf (how does a 93 year old run acountry this is pathetic shame on us so called educated zimbos

diaspora - 15 May 2017

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