Mnangagwa apologises to Dep Minister

via Mnangagwa apologises to Dep Minister 19 December 2014

ACTING president Emmerson Mnangagwa has apologised to deputy mines minister Fred Moyo who was last week ejected from a party held to celebrate the justice minister’s elevation to the presidium.

Moyo, who is the MP for Zvishavane-Runde, is accused of being a close ally of former vice president Joice Mujuru.

The junior minister turned up for the party at Mnangagwa’s rural home in the company of his brother, Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa, Isaac Moyo.

The brothers were however quickly ejected reportedly by Zvishavane-Ngezi MP John Holder, former MP Larry Mavhima and Gokwe-Kana MP Owen Ncube.

Moyo told New that Mnangagwa personally called him to apologise for the “unwarranted eviction from the party” by overzealous party members who wanted to “seem more close to the vice president than others”.

“Yes the VP (vice president) did make contact to express his regret on what happened as he felt it should not have happened,” Moyo said.

“I must confess I was humbled as I did not expect it but accepted it as sign of good leadership. I can only hope that my friends realise that the VP is a national leader and that they behave in a manner that protects his national image.”

According to witnesses, the  first officials to be ordered to leave the party were Mberengwa North MP Tafanana Zhou and Industry deputy minister Chiratidzo Iris Mabuwa. They were kicked out well before the celebrations started.

Insiders said the “embarrassing” ejections occurred in the absence of Mnangagwa who was then still in Gweru attending a Christmas party for orphans.

“The VP or acting president has also spoken to the ambassador (Moyo) and offered his apology.

“He does not believe in such acts because his position is that of a leader for everyone including the MDC and those believed to have been supporting Mujuru,” a source close to Mnangagwa said.

High ranking Zanu PF officials who attended the event included psychomotor minister Josiah Hungwe, Jorum Gumbo, Mike Madiro, Chris Mutsvangwa, Shuvai Mahofa and Chief Fortune Charumbira.

Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana, accompanied by the permanent secretary for Defence Martin Rushwaya, led top government officials and several army generals who also converged at the VP’s mansion to congratulate him.