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MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE
Rebuilding Fund for the MDC Bulawayo Offices This fund has been set up to finance the rebuilding of our Bulawayo Offices, which were recently gutted by fire. Almost total reconstruction is required. It is with regret that we turn once more to our faithful supporters for their assistance in cash or kind. Donations may be sent to:
P.O. Box 9400
All donations will be receipted/acknowledged and confidentiality will be respected. A Bank Account is being set up for direct deposits, but is not yet operational - we will advise on progress.
Regrettably we must make it clear that WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT FUNDS FROM ZIMBABWEAN SOURCES, as fundraising for political parties from external sources is illegal under Zimbabwean law.
In addition we are appealing for office furniture and equipment - desks, tables, chairs etc. Please phone 011-631 229 to arrange delivery / collection.
Let us unite in support of our people and take one more step on the way to rebuilding our beloved Zimbabwe!
As it will be very difficult to raise funds under the current economic / political climate, this will be largely a self-help/labour only project. We will need the skills of our supporters and well-wishers. Already the Youth have been flooding in to provide their labour - now we need our Seniors! We need builders / bricklayers, plumbers, glaziers, carpenters etc! Should you be in a position to assist please phone in details of volunteers to 011 631 229.
VOTE FOR CHANGE - VOTE MORGAN TSVANGIRAI FOR PRESIDENT !
THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS !
Few people in Zimbabwe, apart from President Robert Mugabe, evoke such strong emotions as Professor Jonathan Moyo.
He is a former critic of the government who, in the space of 18 months, has been elevated to the position of information minister and the president's closest adviser.
Professor Moyo's rise to one of the most influential positions in Zimbabwe has been breathtaking
The letters pages of privately owned newspapers frequently include denunciations of Professor Moyo.
One recently described him as "the most hated man in Zimbabwe".
Professor Moyo's rise to one of the most influential positions in Zimbabwe has been breathtaking. As recently as May 1999 he was still writing newspaper articles that condemned President Mugabe in the strongest terms.
"Does the president not realise that when he belittles universal issues such as basic human rights he loses the moral high ground to his critics?"
Within months of that writing that article, Jonathan Moyo, had become the spokesman for the government-appointed Constitutional Commission.
His public relations style was characterised by an almost obsessive energy combined with vitriolic attacks on those who did not share his views.
The state-controlled media was saturated with news reports and advertisements supporting acceptance of a proposed new constitution.
But it was not enough as Professor Moyo and the government lost.
The draft document was rejected in a national referendum in February 2000.
In spite of this setback, Jonathan Moyo was appointed as the ruling Zanu-PF party's campaign manager for the June 2000 general election.
The approach that proved unsuccessful in the run-up to the constitutional referendum was repeated.
Support among whites for the opposition was summarised as "embittered racists using black mouthpieces to preach mean-spirited democracy".
After a campaign marked by widespread violence and intimidation, the ruling party won a narrow majority in parliament.
Professor Moyo was rewarded with a seat in the cabinet and the ruling party's policy-making body, the politburo.
How can he be effective when he's so unpopular?
Former Zanu-PF insider
His immediate superior in the politburo, Nathan Shamuyarira, describes him as "a very sharp, very bright intellectual.
"He's good at rebutting the arguments of the opposition and at articulating the [ruling] party's policies. He's a definite asset."
A former Zanu-PF insider disagrees: "It's only Mugabe who thinks he's an effective campaigner. How can he be effective when he's so unpopular?
"Mugabe is surrounding himself with people like Moyo - people who were appointed by him and owe their political fortunes to him."
A former friend, who worked with Jonathan Moyo at the University of Zimbabwe before he launched his political career, said he was shocked to see Professor Moyo as part of President Mugabe's government.
"He was so anti-government in those days. He was the loudest critic. And now here he is as Mugabe's main cheerleader. I just don't understand it."
During a recent chance encounter at a local luxury hotel, the former friend asked, "Are you the same Professor Moyo I used to know."
The reasons behind his apparently sudden and complete change of heart remain unclear.
The opposition's information spokesman, Learnmore Jongwe, is scathing about his opposite number: "He's done a wonderful job for us."
"He tends to say things which the public couldn't possibly believe, and that just makes them angry. We hope that eventually he'll come clean and admit that he's on a one-man mission to destroy the Zanu-PF government."