Stop it, Mutasa tells State media

via Stop it, Mutasa tells State media – DailyNews Live by Bridget Mananavire  26 NOVEMBER 2013 

Didymus Mutasa, the minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Monday slammed the State media for taking sides in the Zanu PF succession drama.

Mutasa, who is also Zanu PF secretary for administration, is particularly not happy with being portrayed in the state media as a “dwarf in huge robes.”

“Please stop it, leave us alone, please regard us as your leaders, we come from the people who voted for us, and the president. We want to work in harmony,” Mutasa told journalists at his government offices.

After a public fallout that saw party stalwarts Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo and party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo trade barbs, Mutasa said it was now time to build bridges.

“When comrade Moyo requested me to address you, I asked comrade Gumbo to come with me but he had to leave for China at 10am,” Mutasa told the news conference. “I also asked him (Moyo) to be with me here, but he is doing something else.

“They should have been with me here because they are the ones who need to reconcile for the benefit of the party and the country. There cannot be progress when there is disharmony.”

He said by taking sides in the Zanu PF wrangle, the public media had abdicated its role.

“I’ve been requested by comrade Moyo to meet you and clarify media reports that he was gagged by the Saturday politburo, I also took that opportunity to ask him why I am getting coverage from the public press now, why?

“Because, all along, we haven’t been allowed to speak to the public press, and I have only been covered in the Tsvangirai papers (private press). I also haven’t been covered well in the public press, even in pictures of the politburo I am cut-off, I don’t know who is to blame for this, but it is a very unfortunate thing as the public press has been used as instruments in the factional fights,” Mutasa said.

“I knew you didn’t want to cover me and have never cried, Manica Post always reports terribly on me and I never complained.”

He said the press conference was called as a result of a complaint lodged by Moyo.

Mutasa, who referred to himself as the chief executive officer of Zanu PF, denied media reports that Moyo had been gagged.

“The reports are untrue. The politburo did not gag comrade Moyo, if we do that we will be doing  ourselves  a disservice as Zanu PF and government because we need the ministry of Information to disseminate information  on the Zim Asset (Zimbabwe’s economic blueprint),” Mutasa said.

He said measures taken by the extraordinary politburo meeting were meant to bring order in the party.

“All we are trying to do is to control that bull that has caused chaos in the kraal as that bull has caused others to retaliate,” he said



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    TRUTH 10 years ago

    I symphathise with you, but as well can you also reflect on this: if it can happen to you as a Comrade, how does it happen to those non-comrades.

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    Jenandebvu 10 years ago

    Reconciling missing vouchers namely Moyo and Gumbo. How de you Did-masses, yu need Moyo and Gumbo (who can’t see eye to eye) at this conference
    They refused to come bcoz one was gagged by Pol..buro while the other was dressed up or down by prof

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    Jenandebvu 10 years ago

    Yu worry about negative media that happened for days, in Harare? Thus what Morgan has withstood since ESAP, since formation of MDC and since imposition of targeted measure on Pres R G Mugabe

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    Jenandebvu 10 years ago

    Died-mass Mutasa of Inyati Mine

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    munzwa 10 years ago

    Ahhh shame you little dwarf, national newspaper taking sides, have you forgotten how they take sides in party politics, it suited you then.If you want harmony in this country then stop stealing elections and listen to the will of the people.

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    Shame to my old Mr Mutasa , you now don’t belong to the politics , you need special treatment , then please go to church and leave us playing our dirt game .Deliver the needed services then we will call you our leader , for now you are still huge dwarfs .

    True comrades have swallowed all kinds of insults , from the bush being called amagandanga , swallow the insults as well , don’t worry we are not carrying guns to shoot you , but thats the freedom of speech , know it better .

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    Bruce 10 years ago

    In a public office, publicity can not be avoide bad or good. How many times has the herald said lies unfound and extremely bad lies about MDCs leaders. How many times has ZANU PF at national gathering passed falsehoods. Mutasa just keep quiet.

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    Johno 10 years ago

    “Dindingwe rinonaka richakweva rimwe, kana rokwevewao roti mavara angu ozara ivhu” So goes an old Shona saying.

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    mdydmus Mutasa we are tired of u guys.don’t threaten the media for what is happening.