Jonathan Moyo taunts Chiwenga

Source: Jonathan Moyo taunts Chiwenga – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 21, 2016

HIGHER and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has once again used his Twitter account to taunt the country’s security service chiefs over their role in national governance issues.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Moyo posted his rants on Monday in response to remarks by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantine Chiwenga, who said the military were “stockholders of the Constitution and security guarantors”.

“We are stockholders of the country. Some are stakeholders. Stakeholders will come and go, but stockholders have nowhere to go, so we are stockholders, we came with it (Zimbabwe),” Chiwenga declared in an interview with the State media on Independence Day.

“For you to be comfortable, you take an insurance policy either for your vehicle or your house or for yourself in the event that you die. We are the national insurance policy for the country. We guarantee the security of Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans must always go daily about their chores, sleep well, eat well because we are there as their security guarantors.”

But in apparent reference to the statement and without mentioning names, Moyo posted: “To the extent that stockholders are stakeholders, the people are the only stockholders in and of Zimbabwe in terms of the Constitution.”

He added: “Individuals come and go, but the people remain. That’s why Zimbabwe’s Constitution recognises only the people as the only stockholders of power!”

Moyo’s comments and his continued use of social media to raise issues fly in the face of President Robert Mugabe’s repeated calls for his lieutenants to stop abusing social media to harangue each other.

A few months ago, Moyo used the same platform to respond to Information minister Christopher Mushohwe’s remarks that journalists should tread carefully when covering issues to do with the security sector.

“It’s wrong to say some sectors are outside media coverage. Nothing is above the Constitution.

It’s the law, stupid! The Constitution is supreme. So no sacred cows,” Moyo wrote then.

Moyo has also used social media to deride a Zanu PF faction linked to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, popularly known as Team Lacoste, which reportedly has the backing of the majority of war veterans.

Permanent secretary in the War Veterans ministry Brigadier-General Walter Tapfumaneyi yesterday said there was nothing wrong with Chiwenga’s pronouncements.

“I do not want to go into polemics with Professor Moyo, but when somebody wants to remind war veterans of who the people of Zimbabwe are, it is unproductive. Chiwenga was speaking as both commander of the country’s statutory forces as well as a senior war veteran. He is reacting to a visible attempt in today’s politics where there is a new phenomenon of an elite youth that derives its power from parenthood of proximity to power and not from the struggle or ideological affinity to the party,” Tapfumaneyi said.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson Douglas Mahiya said Moyo was on a mission to please “his Western masters”.

“It is a fact that Moyo worked for the Group of Elders who include (former United Nations secretary-general) Kofi Annan and (former South African President) Nelson Mandela, funded by the Americans and their Western allies. It must be understood that when the people of this country realised that they were under British oppression, they contributed human beings to form liberation movements in the form of Zanla and Zipra. This was transformed into the current national army. You cannot separate children from their parents because we are the products of our mothers and fathers,” Mahiya said.

ZNLWVA chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa described Moyo as a “lucky beneficiary of Mugabe’s benevolence”.

“A lucky beneficiary of President Mugabe’s policy of national reconciliation and saved from court martial or worse has no business moralising against those who went through the treadmill of a costly Chimurenga,” Mutsvangwa said.

Moyo, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, is reportedly linked to Zanu PF’s G40 faction that is reportedly subtly campaigning for First Lady Grace Mugabe to take over the reins of power from her 92-year-old husband.

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    “It is a fact that Moyo worked for the Group of Elders who include (former United Nations secretary-general) Kofi Annan and (former South African President) Nelson Mandela, funded by the Americans and their Western allies. …” Mahiya said.

    If indeed Moyo “worked” for those people, including the larger than life and late hero of heroes Mandela, so what does it have to do with zanu pf factional fights? Is this lunatic trying to convince anyone that even Mandela has resurrected to join zanu pf’s G40 faction? Eheee! Lets have some decency. Nxaaa!

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      mapingu…..do you what calibre Mandela was?…your purpose is that you only hate the comments from the Zimbabwe Warveterans……you are alike Jonathan Moyo…..

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        Ndlovu could you tell us “what caliber Mandela was”?. I presume you saw & knew him better than most, if not all, of us. Why should you ask me when you know it all – and you are the opposite of Jonathan Moyo, heee!

        For a fact, I never said Mandela was perfect, but still that doesn’t deny him the place among top heroes of Africa, or the world over. Worse still, it’s clear that Mahiya’s talk is nothing more than zanu pf factional talk. Accordingly any sane person who bothers has to refute that silly proclamation of Mandela ever being part of zanu pf G40 faction. It’s simply hogwash no matter who it comes from.

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      kongonya 6 years ago

      You are correct

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      onesoulzim 6 years ago

      Pro J Moyo is simply a controversial political scientist whose thinking and utterances are void moral philosophy. He reads the constitution like a trained baboon without human psych. He is a stubborn little man of vice not virtue

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    kongonya 6 years ago

    People should stop talking about the departed once because it doesn’t show respect.

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    Kevin 6 years ago

    Jonathan Moyo is a lying fraudster who defrauded the Ford Foundation and The University of the Witwatersrand of grant money. That is why he fled to Zimbabwe from South Africa, to avoid prosecution!

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      tapiwa 6 years ago

      Moyo might have done whatever, but the truth is that the people are the only stockholders of Zimbabwe.

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      True, but theft has never been considered ‘naughty’ by our Zanu compatriots.

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      machakachaka 6 years ago

      Yes, and now he wants to steal Zanu PF.

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    Mixed Race 6 years ago

    If we assume that the current army is manned by war vets,then it is an army of real grave personnel because their average age would be at least 60 years which is not true,therefore the comments from these war vets are based on total ignorance and lies.Mr Moyo is right and he has out witted them again because they make comments based on cheap old propaganda and emptiness.It is possible that these war vets do not know the difference between these two words,ie stakeholders and stockholders.

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    Chingala Fermanagh 6 years ago

    Viva Jonah. Batshele. Bafuna ukusijayela. Yibo bodwa yini you were capable of fighting to liberate Zim?? Let them not hold the country at ransom. Lathi salwa but what are we benefiting now? Ukudla inhlabathi?

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    ProJonono Moyo Musorobhangu is simply a controversial political scientist whose thinking and utterances are void moral philosophy. He reads the constitution like a trained baboon without human psych. He is a stubborn little man of vice not virtue

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    Pro J Moyo is simply a controversial political scientist whose thinking and utterances are void moral philosophy. He reads the constitution like a trained baboon without human psych. He is a stubborn little man of vice not virtue

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    like it or not. Moyo has outwitted everyone in ZPF. He’s a genius. He’s bringing back zim to the people.