Ex-Zipra combatants attack Jonathan Moyo

via Bulawayo24 NEWS | Ex-Zipra combatants attack Jonathan Moyo 2 September 2014

MEDIA, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo has come under attack from ex-Zipra combatants for suggesting that the post of the ruling Zanu-PF chairmanship was “free for all in the party”.

Moyo told State media that the post was “open to be filled by the best candidate and not reserved for either side”.

He also said the post of President and first secretary of Zanu-PF was not reserved for either former Zanu or former Zapu members, but open to be filled by the best candidate.

Moyo said the fact that there were two Vice-Presidents meant that they could not both be from one side.

However, war veteran and Zanu-PF Matabeleland South provincial executive member Jabulani Phetshu Sibanda and another war veteran Max Mnkandla said this would be in utter disregard of the 1987 Unity Accord that traditionally reserved the post for ex-Zapu cadres although there was no written agreement.

Mnkandla said Moyo was not the right person to give directions on the Unity Accord and described him as a “weevil”.

“Moyo is a liar for saying the position of chair is free for all. He is a weevil who is destroying Zanu-PF. He is a professor of politics, not a professor of Zapu structures,” said Mnkandla.

“For Professor Moyo and anybody in the country to say the position of chair is open to everyone means Paul Themba Nyathi (MDC national executive member) as an ex-senior Zapu member has the right to contest for that position.

“There is no way Moyo can be a campaigning agent for (Zanu-PF secretary for administration Didymus) Mutasa who has come out openly to say that he wants that position.”

Mnkandla said war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda should be seconded for the post and the only debate should be about who is approachable and which ex-Zapu member can chair the ruling party.

“It’s not written in the agreement that the chair should be for Zapu, but that deal is there. It’s just like a marriage; it’s a union of two people, but the marriage certificate does not go on to say you should have kids etcetera.”

Phetshu Sibanda said Moyo was wrongly interpreting the Unity Accord.

He said those advocating for an open race for the chairmanship’s post were fomenting factionalism “and we know it’s coming from old Zanu-PF members. We (ex-Zapu) shun factionalism.

“No one from the former Zapu is contemplating on challenging Mugabe for the Presidency as they know that ours is the Vice-Presidency and chairmanship,” he said.


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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    My oh my !!!!!!! Its in any event a NON-JoB. Really who cares !!!

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    ‘Ours is the vice presidency and chairmanship’ How can you be proud of that????? For how long will you always play second class citizens>Lingayangisi amaNdebele mani.

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    Kevin Matthews 8 years ago

    You did not understand what Moyo said. If former ZANU get President, then Chairmaniship goes to former ZAPU. Vice president spots are evenly split. Should the president be a former ZAPU, then chairmanship goes to former ZANU. Since the current president is fromer ZANU, therefore former ZAPU chairmanship. All positions are open to all, but the president determines the chairman.
    Jabulani Sibanda, born in 1970 is not an option. Too young and stupid.

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    Manyongori 8 years ago


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    Moyo in this regard is not wrong. Zapu surrendered its identity to Zanu. They were swallowed. The issue of contest is none existent. You were fools as you have continued to exhibit your stupidity.

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    OMnkandla labo imbici lezi. There are better people to read about. A party that reserves certain positions for certain people regions or tribes is undemocratic like theirs. Members should just elect the most suitable member to take a position. Not because one is just a state protected parrot who says a lot but cant do anything. Jabulani is big joke. The entire population is not composed illiterate school drop outs like Mnkandla and Phetshu. Undergoing a military training is not wisdom or intelligence. Some did that military training and then did a lot to develop skills in real development.

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    Re-arranging tables in the titanic!!!!

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    Mike Nyathi 8 years ago

    Shame on these ex-Zapu fools. Why are they arguing about positions in the Gukurahundist party – the party that massacred the Ndebele people.