Stop Moyo's rants, govt urges Kenya

HARARE - Government is exerting pressure on Kenyan authorities to silence self-exiled former Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo (pictured) who is throwing tantrums at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration using microblogging site, Twitter.

The sharp-tongued politician has been a pain in the backside for Mnangagwa’s government ever since he skipped the country last November to escape being apprehended by the army.

This was after the military stormed out of the barracks last November to deal with “criminals” around former president Robert Mugabe, who ended up resigning to stymie an impeachment motion that had been set off in Parliament.

Among the “criminals”, Moyo had the biggest prize on his head.

He is currently under investigation for allegedly siphoning over  $400 000 from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef).

Even though he has found refuge among his in-laws in Kenya, Moyo has continued to put his social media skills to use by insulting Mnangagwa’s administration through ferocious tweets.

The Daily News can, however, report that government functionaries are now leaning heavily on Kenyan authorities to rein in the former Higher Education minister seen as the brains behind Mugabe and his pesky wife, Grace’s shenanigans.

Contacted for comment on Tuesday, Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba professed ignorance over the matter, saying it was quite possible that the action could have been taken by the security ministries without his knowledge.

“When it comes to security matters it is not about us; the ministry of Home Affairs would probably know so you can get help from there,” Charamba said.

Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu referred questions to national police spokesperson Charity Charamba, saying “this is an operational issue”.

The national police spokesperson did not return calls to her mobile.

Zimbabwe and Kenya enjoy good bilateral relations and it is on the basis of these cordial ties that Harare is hoping to convince Nairobi to muzzle the former Zanu PF propagandist, whose tweets are making headlines in the private media.

Sources said there are fears that Moyo could violate the Official Secrets Act by disclosing sensitive information he may have accessed during his time in government if allowed to continue spitting venom while hold up in Kenya, which may provide fodder to the opposition.

Mnangagwa, whose name will appear on the ballot as Zanu PF’s presidential candidate for the first time in his political career spanning over six decades, is desperate to win the elections to be held before the end of July to prove to critics that he is a viable candidate.

It is being argued by the Zimbabwean authorities that their counterparts should not allow Moyo to undermine a sister liberation war movement without consequence.

Harare is impressing on its counterparts that there are Kenyan immigrants in Zimbabwe whom it is now allowing to voice their dislike for Uhuru Kenyatta’s government because of the camaraderie between them.

Moyo is one of the few allies of Mugabe who are still defending the fallen dictator.

Soon after Mugabe’s ouster, Moyo wrote in November last year that, “the presumption that an old violent & looting dog can practice new tricks is nothing but a fallacy”.

He continued: “Once a 1980s military Gukurahundist, always a Gukurahundist& once a Chiadzwa diamond looter, always a looter!#GenerationalRenewal”.

In one of his tweets, he narrated how he was raided during the crack of dawn by security forces as they went for “criminals” around Mugabe.

“What would you do if you & your family survived a 2am-15 minute ZDF attack on your house with 7 children one of them 12 years old, by 25 SAS snipers with semi-automatic weapons; randomly firing tracer bullets & stun grenades? Is this the New Justice? New Dawn? New Era? New Zim?” Moyo asked.

He also attacked the then Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Constantino Chiwenga saying “the tragedy of the gun in Zim is that it’s controlled by the same 1980s Gukurahundists who’ve committed atrocities before and gotten away with it; and who are thus prone to repeat the atrocities ad infinitum unless & until the people take control of the gun! #GenerationalRenewal”.

Since then Moyo has not relented churning out a series of tweets slamming Mnangagwa and his government at every turn.

Mnangagwa is often accused of being behind the murder of over 20000 civilians in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces in the mid-1980s when he was Security minister.

In his latest tweet on New Years’ eve, Moyo shot from the hip.

He wrote: “on this last day of December, the month Gukurahundi is recalled in Zim, and also the last day of a year in which gukurahundists have once again reared their ugly heads through a military coup, think of this Bill in 2018!”

He was apparently referring to a Bill he pushed in the National Assembly when he was independent Member of Parliament for Tsholotsho in 2007.

The Bill sought to establish a Gukurahundi National Memorial Board “to promote lasting national cohesion, unity, truth, justice, reconciliation, stability, conflict prevention and the healing of the emotive and divisive wounds along with the suffering dating back to what has become known as the Gukurahundi atrocities …”

“If you have issues with your father & the Devil kills him; says he did it for you & will care for you better. Would you hail the devil as a hero & your father’s murder as a New Era?’ reads one of his latest tweets.

“Vanoreva Nhema (They are liars) Down with Entitlement. It’s a New Year, not a New Era”.

Towards the end of last year, government sent on forced leave Zimdef’s top executives to pave way for a forensic audit to be facilitated by the Auditor-General.

The audit is likely to provide ammunition to those who are hotly in pursuit of Moyo to bring him back to Zimbabwe so he could have his day in court.

The central bank has already ordered banks to freeze accounts belonging to him and former Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere to enable government to look into their finances.

Moyo, former Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere and ex-Public Service minister, Patrick Zhuwao are linked to the Generation 40 faction of the ruling party, which wanted former first lady Grace Mugabe to succeed her 93-year-old husband, Robert Mugabe, whose government was toppled in a military coup.

Comments (20)

Moyo really isn't saying much for a thief and house boy for Grace Mugabe and the thieves commission. This fool talks as if what he as to say has worth. He stole $500,000 from the Ministry of Education fund and was covered by the President and walked. Why does anybody give this coward the time of day. He has already lost his daughter in a murder for his sins and will likely have for come to past for his scumbag ways and ass kissing of the former President and his prostitute wife Grace.

Neter - 4 January 2018

why did they let jono escape in the first place? it was an amazing piece of incompetence and naivety on their part.g40 will never die so long as jono lives

kadyautare william - 4 January 2018

Indeed,Jonso is the problem.I always read his tweets and they are so reckless.But they let him leave the Country without any harass,why?Now look what he has to write day in day out.Just arrest him there in Kenya.What is the purpose of Interpol?Send the boys to Kenya to arrest him and bring him back home.He is one thug that needs to be realigned,period.

josefa chinotimba - 4 January 2018

I thought the Prof said he was laying off Twitter. Just like he said he was turning to God after his daughter's death in South Africa. Looks like the devil in him has taken root and will not be easily exorcised!!

Johno - 4 January 2018

Jonathan Moyo the self styled 'Robin Hood' was accused of misappropriating $430K Zimdef funds to fund ZANU & constituency programs. ZANU & Moyo should pay back the money and Moyo have his day in court. ED and Chiwenga are accused of taking $15B diamond money. Then there is a UN report about the Junta being involved in looting in DRC. Interestingly Lacoste fans are silent about that. All these things should be investigated tried before a competent and independent court. Zimbabwe will not move forward with ZANU still in place.

Galore - 4 January 2018

Why should he be stopped? Let him type away, he has a story to tell. If the junta is transparent and clean then it will just be screaming to the wind. Jonathan Moyo the self styled 'Robin Hood' was accused of misappropriating $430K Zimdef funds to fund ZANU & constituency programs. ZANU & Moyo should pay back the money and Moyo have his day in court. ED and Chiwenga are accused of taking $15B diamond money. Then there is a UN report about the Junta being involved in looting in DRC. Interestingly Lacoste fans are silent about that. All these things should be investigated tried before a competent and independent court. Zimbabwe will not move forward with ZANU still in place. ZANU and those who support it have an affinity for eating what they have not sweated for and have no record of growing the national cake but always violently demanding the bigger slice.

Galore - 4 January 2018

Who is to say a) that Jonathan Moyo is not a spy or b) that he is, and will continue to work with the current government? By his own admission, Moyo's house was raided by soldiers while he was present. If we follow that logic, and that he is/was among the 'criminal elements' around the former president whom the military sought to eliminate, one has to wonder how and why he escaped, while the likes of Chombo and Chipanga were arrested. An alternative butmore plausible explanation is one that Mugabe negotiated that Moyo, Kasukuwere, Zhuwawo and Grace weren't to be touched as a precondition of not spilling all the beans that he knows about those in power today. Either way, none of this looks good for the crocodile and his 'lot' if I am to borrow from Jonso's diction.

gudo - 4 January 2018

This is poor reporting. Jonathan Moyo is using personal and private media such as Twitter. What has Kenyan government had to do in what is Moyo's mailbox or twitter box.

Levy Mwanawashe - 5 January 2018

Moyo did not steal 15 billion of our diamonds money, Moyo did not killl 20000 Ndebeles , there is a reason the 'government' is being used to pursue Moyo , he knpows too much, my guess the old man has given Moyo all the dirty infor on the current imposed government , infor which i think would be detrimental to the current government. MOYO SHOULD TELL US EVERYTHING HE KNOWS IN HIS OWN WAY.

Jonso - 5 January 2018

Why does a government of so-called freedom fighters have to fear from an individual exercising freedom of speech? Isn't this part of the freedom that these so-called freedom fighters fought for? What are they afraid of? The truth?

Sagitarr - 5 January 2018

moyo wants a civil war to erupt in this country.AND BY THAT HE WOULD BE HAPPIER.Gukuraundi , yes people were killed and it happened also in the 2008 ELECTIONS A LOT OF PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES AND RELATIVES of those are still struggling to come to terms with that 10 years later.But they do not have a voice for them.If they had a voice and all the highlights continue being peddled to them they might come to a breaking point and if the chance to be armed could be attained they will go out in revenge mode.That's what moyo whats to instill into people and destabilize the country.

zvakwana - 5 January 2018

Leave one and only Prof alone, he is expressing his views, do you want him to follow your ideas why? as who>?

dzogwamudanga - 5 January 2018

Zimbabweans are becoming mature when it comes to politics,they are no longer push overs.Let proff Moyo exercise his democratic right to express himself,those feeling threatened by Moyo should also tweet there defence.If we are to move forward as a country the truth must be told.

CHIMURENGA HATISATI TAGUTA - 6 January 2018

Zimbabweans are becoming mature when it comes to politics,they are no longer push overs.Let proff Moyo exercise his democratic right to express himself,those feeling threatened by Moyo should also tweet their defence.If we are to move forward as a country the truth must be told.

CHIMURENGA HATISATI TAGUTA - 6 January 2018

Hi All sure Jonso has to be arrest. But what happened to the 10 million that was found in Chombos house, where did it go

thambo Mac - 8 January 2018

Prof. Moyo, Kasukuwere and Patrick Zhuwao should all come back to Zimbabwe. ED must take the trio either to Ground No. 7 in Mbare or Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields and ask them to tell the population at large what they see in the new ED dispensation. Without any security, this will be a very nice barometer

patrick zhuwao - 9 January 2018

Why are people scared of what Professor is twiitting about. Its a free democracy. Twitt back. And its private. Why should the Kenya Govt be involved. Are we so naive as politicians. Cry My Beloved Country.

Mondy Moyo - 9 January 2018

Patrick are you so naive. You bought in the story of only 3 criminals destroying the economy of Zimbabwe. Why use the Rambo style of shooting to kill when they are just mere criminals??? I would certainly not set my foot back in Zimbabwe if i were one of the three. When our then VP felt his life was threatened when his security personnel was removed what did he do. He fled the country also. So whats different with these who actually experienced war-zone at their homes. The good part with ED is that he had/has strong military backing. So Mr Patrick not everyone thinks like you. The Ballot will sure speak. We are happy the new dispensation is talking about free and fair elections.

Mondy Moyo - 9 January 2018

Sagitarr, what freedom of speech are you talking of? You want Moyo to be afforded freedom of speech, you have forgotten that during his tenure as Minister of Information he crafted laws amongst them POSA. He must also not allow to talk talk too much. He is a bitter man. Interpol should do its job and bring him back so that he has his day in court and a possibility of being thrown into jail for over 40years - period!

grace mubi - 10 January 2018

Zanu-Pf was also complicit to the funds which Moyo is said to have siphoned out of ZIMDEF. The former President confirmed that. They should honour up. ZACC go to ZANU-PF . You can start from there also.

Mondy Moyo - 11 January 2018

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