Moyo’s world crumbles

via Moyo’s world crumbles – The StandardJune 8, 2014  EVERSON MUSHAVA/HERBERT MOYO

Moyo appointed three new editors at Zimpapers. Mduduzi Mathuthu, who was editor for New Zimbabwe, a United Kingdom-based online publication was appointed Chronicle editor.

Edmund Kudzayi was appointed to head The Sunday Mail, replacing Brezhnev Malaba who had also been appointed by the same minister to the Chronicle years back. Moyo also appointed Caesar Zvayi to replace Innocent Gore at The Herald.

But yesterday, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said Mugabe had ordered an audit into the appointments.

“What I know is that the President said the appointments should be investigated. He never said the editors should be withdrawn,” Gumbo told The Standard yesterday.

Sources said during last Wednesday’s politburo meeting, Mugabe initially ordered the dismissal of the editors appointed by Moyo claiming they were sourced from institutions that were advocating for “regime change.”

Speaking at the burial of Zanu PF Politburo member, Nathan Shamuyarira at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, Mugabe hinted about an impending crackdown on what he described as “party weevils” that were destroying the ruling party from within.

Mugabe on Friday had accused Moyo of using the media to fan divisions in the party during the funeral wake of Shamuyarira. He also attacked Moyo for appointing editors at State-owned newspapers accused of peddling the regime change agenda and being sympathetic to the opposition MDC.

Mugabe yesterday said Zanu PF was infested with “zvipfukuto” (a Shona word for weevils ) that were bent on destroying the party from within and vowed to flush them out.

“Even in Zanu PF, we have the weevils. But should we keep them? No. Even our youth are already infested with the weevils,” Mugabe said.

During this tirade by Mugabe, Moyo sat among other cabinet ministers, flanked by Environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Gender minister Oppah Muchinguri, who was heard explaining that a weevil is a pest that attacks the maize crop.

Mugabe said the media should spell out the country’s values, not to sell out.

“The objectives of the liberation struggle were never in question in regard to those who lie at the National Heroes’ Acre.  Nathan, you all know now the leadership that he gave us. I talked yesterday about his own direction which was people-oriented,” he said.

“It is not your own little ideas about how you can beat so and so like you are playing a soccer match. If you want to play soccer, why don’t you join Dynamos or Highlanders?  We are telling people we must be one, we must be united in agriculture and in mining. We must organise our people to take advantage of these resources. Your publicity in newspapers should go in that direction.”
Mugabe said Zanu PF should concentrate on fighting foreigners rather than fighting within itself.

“Let the people know what they must do for themselves, encourage people to be organised and do not plant seeds to divide the people. Do not make anyone in the party a political enemy, you may differ with the person but do not attack him in the paper, that is destructive ideology,” he said.
“Progress has to be made, we are fighting the outsiders. Zimbabwe will never be a colony again. There should be morality. Our principles should be directed against foreigners.”

Mugabe, who spoke while looking directly across to the tent his ministers occupied, described Shamuyarira as a humble figure despite being very educated. He said this was in contrast to other people who always claimed to know everything, something which goes against teachings in philosophy that one can never know all reality but just a part of it.

“If you think you know everything. If you are educated that way, I say damn you. You are not educated, you are ignorant. Education makes you humble.

“No matter how educated you are, it is a damn fool who says I know everything. You can’t be a person, who says I know everything, what I don’t know is not knowledge,” Mugabe said.

Since he assumed the new portfolio, Moyo went on a charm offensive, visiting media houses in the country and engaging stakeholders in the previously polarised industry.

He started cleaning the rot at ZBC which was saddled in debts running into millions of dollars, amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement which saw workers going for seven months without salaries.

He dissolved the Cuthbert Dube-led ZBC board and suspended Happison Muchechetere as chief executive officer. Moyo went on to create the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (Impi), mandated with examining professional standards and ethics in the media fraternity. Critics in Zanu PF allege Moyo was using the Geoff Nyarota-chaired Impi to raise his profile.

Moyo also came out in support of journalists when police banned a World Press Freedom Day march on May 3 and has condemned the criminalisation of journalism.



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    There is only one good in Zimbabwe – loyalty to Mugabe. Any independent thought is prohibited, especially if you are a cabinet minister – God forbid!

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      Zanu is beyond repair. They can produce a new way of building roads,feeding people, electricity, housing, water ,We as the people cannot forget. Neither will we forgive.

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    roving ambassador. 9 years ago

    Zanu is beyond redemption. What a hypocrite , Mugabe is a true egocentric who thinks he knows it all. He is the one who says he will be a leader for as long as Zanu is not united. Bhaaaa, the old fool.
    Let them tear each other apart. You will see the coward Mnangagwa abandon his side kick again. Poor Moyo. Thats what happens when you sup with the devil.
    They will use you and dump you.
    We wait to see what will happen when the chief looter passes away.
    OOH let it be.

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    zanupf fear me 9 years ago

    It is part of muroyi mujuru plan to discredit mnangwagwa by blackballing this egghed moyo

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    Rwendo 9 years ago

    I’m with you on this one “zanupf fear me.” After the 2008 election re-run and the 2013 Nikuv neutralization of the MDCs, the ED-JOC group have become emboldened and perhaps even impatient. This is Mugabe firing a shot across the bows of their ship, thereby bolstering Mujuru indirectly. Balancing factions to stay on top.

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    nyoni 9 years ago

    Told you all before. Zanu is still at war. At war with itself. At war with the world. EU the leader has spoken so beware and dont say you were not warned.

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    Tafadzwa 9 years ago

    It is such a pity, that Mugabe only thinks about ZANU(PF). When is Mugabe ever going to graduate to a statesman by rising above partisanship. The man turns a funeral into a platform for bashing political foes, both imaginary and real. No wonder some of us wish him dead. Clearly he is suggesting that any MDC sympathisers are not supposed to be employed in “state media”. He Mugabe equates state media to ZANU(PF) media. If such thinking was to be found in other countries we wouldn’t have public media at all.

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      Straight Shooter 9 years ago

      This is vintage gukurahundi. Nothing new here.

      If a person does not understand or refuses to understand what the word “NATIONAL” means, really what do you do with such a person?

      He names his party shrine “NATIONAL HEROS ACRE”; uses tax payers moneys to maintain it, but continues to claim that only ZANU PF people get buried there.

      Do you think you can reason with such a person? Even arguing with him is a waste of time.

      I mean, everybody knows that in a democracy, tax payers support different political parties. So if their money has to be used for anything, it has to be for national projects that benefit everyone.

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    May the Lord reveal all things from the top down. RGM says education makes a person humble. Where on earth does he get that piece of rubbish from? All I see is the most incredible arrogance and pride from all of them and especially from the top. Beware for pride comes before a fall. Anyone likening anyone in our politics to Jesus Christ will be judge. He came as a humble serving Saviour giving example of what true leadership should be.It does not exist in ZPF nor in Zim’s politics.

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    Oh yes and by the way. There are an awful lot of politicians that should be swotting for their finals. Once you are interred at so called heroes acre and you have failed your finals there is no second chance. I strongly advise repentance! For without it hell awaits.

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    Balamanga abasamfuni goba sebemsebenzise njengodlawu lwabo lokubamba amalahle atshisayo. Ngumdlwane kaMugabe uMuchechetere ogijime wayaqamba amanga ngoMoyo ngoba esekhutshe isinkwa emlonyeni.


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    Straight Shooter 9 years ago

    Are you talking about Prof Moyo’s world or his Gukurahundi ZANU PF world?

    If its the later, quite frankly given his past, I dont think he cares. He obviously has done his homework.

    Gukurahundi ZANU PF and the MDC-T are not the alpha and omega of Zim politics – things are unravelling and the end is nigh for both of them. They have both done enough damage to the Zim political and social fabric.

    Its time they fell to pieces!

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    Straight Shooter 9 years ago

    Kanti bathi uMoyo woneni?

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    Mdidi 9 years ago

    Ulilema laye Moyo lowo. HE never learns. He is too ambitious.Kabam solve.

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    Bloody agent 9 years ago

    “Our principles should be directed against foreigners.”

    Wow, and this is the modern world. Why doesn’t he just hurry up and die.