HARARE – Hurungwe West MP and Zanu PF provincial chairman Temba Mliswa came out guns blazing on Monday to rubbish state media reports that insinuated he was a spy for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Mliswa used a press conference in Harare to make sensational allegations that Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Zanu PF spin doctor Psychology Maziwisa were actually “gay gangsters” who were on the payroll of the CIA to infiltrate and destabilize Zanu PF.
Over the past few days the state media controlled by Minister Moyo, a member of the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction in Zanu PF, ran stories about Mliswa’s alleged links with “CIA operatives” attached to the US Embassy in Harare. Mliswa is thought to belong to a faction of Zanu PF led by Vice President Joice Mujuru.
The state media reports had accused Mliswa and 11 other Zanu PF MP’s of receiving development aid from the US government in return for “selling internal party information”. The 12 MP’s were even referred to as the “Dirty Dozen”.
Mliswa has however said the reports were part of attempts to tarnish their images ahead of Zanu PF’s elective congress in December.
“Moyo is more CIA agent than all of us combined; it is in his blood. Who is a CIA agent, the one who controls the fund or the one who receives . . . that is just cheap politicking being done,” Mliswa said while referring to Moyo’s past working history with the Ford Foundation in Kenya, in 1993.
Mliswa produced a printed diagram of what he claimed showed how the Ford Foundation was linked to the CIA.
He repeated claims that Moyo had stolen money from the Ford Foundation and questioned why Americans would try and impeach a president (Bill Clinton) over a sexual affair and yet forgive someone who stole their money. He claimed that the Americans had only forgiven Moyo because he was still working for them.
Mliswa also lashed out at Moyo and Kasukuwere claiming the two saw themselves as kingmakers in Zanu PF and yet “these are kings without kingdoms or castles.”
Referring to Moyo’s sexual orientation Mliswa said ”What is the point of appointing a 29 year old without a girlfriend to head the Sunday Mail?”
The question was a direct reference to Moyo’s appointment of Edmund Kudzayi as editor of the state owned Sunday Mail newspaper. Kudzayi is currently facing allegations that he set up and ran the popular Baba Jukwa Facebook page which ran perceived anti-government posts.
In June this year President Mugabe branded Moyo a “devil incarnate” while accusing him of appointing editors of state-owned newspapers who were sympathetic to the opposition. Mugabe accused Moyo of using the government-controlled newspapers to sow divisions with the ruling Zanu PF party.
Mugabe also complained that Zanu PF had been infiltrated by “weevils” (a crop pest) bent on destroying the party from within. The Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa later urged party youths in Mutare to use gamatox (a lethal pesticide) to deal with the alleged “weevils”.
Despite Mugabe’s public criticism of Moyo he has strangely kept him on as Information Minister leading some to believe the 90 year old might be gradually losing control of both the party and government and caving in to Zanu PF factional interests.
Mliswa’s press conference was over an hour long. Below are some of his key points as tweeted by @sentinelzim
*”What is the point of appointing a 29 year old without a girlfriend to head the SundayMail?” Referring to Moyo appointing Edmund Kudzayi.
*The gay gangsters are controlling the state media
*Some of you won’t write what I’m saying here to appease Prof Moyo
*There are several stories appearing. Even Nehanda Radio is more credible than our state media
*Why is Mnangagwa trusting Prof Moyo now?
*Cde Mutsvangwa is an indisciplined war veteran. He was removed as the Chinese ambassador because he had attacked the First Family.
*Time has come for the youth to stand against indisciplined war veterans like Mutsvangwa
*Parliament is not for fighting factional party issues. We have better issues to address there.
*90% of health is funded by Americans so why are we not making noise about it?
*There is no school called Chezizi in my constituency and there is no ward 20 in my constituency.
*My constituency is one of the poorest and when aid comes i accept it
*British and Americans have been here for more than 34 years why make it a problem now
*The Americans rejected my funding and referred me to the Australian Embassy
*I only met Eric Little once and we never drove together and I’m aware that he is CIA