Jonathan Moyo, the only ‘true prophet’

via Jonathan Moyo, the only ‘true prophet’ – DailyNews Live 4 September 2015

HARARE – Zimbabwe is touted as having the most educated people in sub-Saharan Africa yet the country is so poor and lacks basic amenities that other countries enjoy, even those with more goats than people as Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo derisively described Botswana.

If those degrees, professorships and other academic certificates that the likes of Moyo flaunt as evidence of wisdom were helpful to move the country forward, we would never have problems in a country with vast mineral resources, the best climate, soils and peace-loving citizens, all the necessary ingredients for development, yet the country remains poor and underdeveloped.

The problem is that Zimbabweans have for long trusted these so-called educated novices, the likes of Moyo, with the running of the country.

The nature of academic education means PhD holders and professors are experts only in very limited areas within a particular discipline yet they behave as if their PhDs are in every discipline to an extent they now claim to know the truth in its ontological state as if they are God or his prophets.

I interacted closely with Jonathan Moyo for more than three years and discovered that there are areas he is knowledgeable in, especially in the academic field of politics but our association also made me aware that he had limitations in several other disciplines, especially the media.

Moyo is driven by a warped professional provincialism whereof he thinks the media have solutions to every problem that people could encounter.

He overvalues the potential that the media plays in solving problems that whenever he stumbles upon any piece of information, he thinks the best place it should be is in the media.

With the advent of social media, Moyo has increasingly exhibited his naivety and childish fascination with foisting his thoughts on people to an extent even his boss, President Robert Mugabe, complained.

On his twitter handle, Moyo has castigated political figures like South African President Jacob Zuma, Tito Mboweni and lately Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He has now extended his attacks to include religious leaders like Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa.

The problem with Moyo and many other so-called educated PhD holders and dubious professors that litter our streets today is that they naively believe, because they have academic qualifications in a particular area, they now know everything in every discipline of life.

I thought being educated entailed appreciating that one knows a lot in a very small field which means they are more uneducated than educated.

I have a friend who has a PhD in entomology, the study of insects, yet the insect he specialised in is a bee, thus he doesn’t have a lot of information on locusts, ants, praying mantis etcetera.

But the likes of Moyo think that since they have PhDs, they are now gurus in politics, geology, economics, media, prophecy, religion, HIV and Aids, human sexuality, homosexuality, medicine, physics and every other discipline.

Moyo’s latest verbal incontinence, through his twitter handle, targeted a very complex religious field that Moyo, as educated as he claims to be, should have been better positioned to know that he was not qualified to comment on, at least before scientific research.

I thought those who have done school to the level of Moyo knew something to do with empiricism — the need to put anything to test to ascertain its veracity using scientific research methods.

Makandiwa prophesied that Zimbabwe has oil deposits and challenged that in case people think he was guessing “I will tell you the place no one knows about so you know that in this nation there is a prophet from God.”

I thought any wise person and in the position of government minister like Moyo, should have approached him that he is taken to the place where the oil is with a group of geologists to verify.

If Moyo’s boss, president Mugabe, could send a Cabinet task force to verify reports of pure diesel oozing out of a rock, why did Moyo not challenge Makandiwa to take him where the oil deposits are for verification before calling people names?

The problem with Moyo is that he thinks he is the be-all of wisdom yet he is part of a coterie of fly by night PhD holders who have presided over the demise of this economy.

Apart from writing a political manifesto and thoughtlessly calling its philosophies an economic blue-print, Moyo has shown his lack of wisdom by claiming that the country’s economy could be turned around through a fetish exercise of bringing into the country some skulls of long forgotten individuals from some museum in the United Kingdom.

Surely, if Moyo can believe in that, he should have no problems in believing that a prophet can be shown oil deposits by God unless he harbours intrinsic hatred for the prophet and the kingdom he represents.

Moyo is not a nihilist, he strongly believes in ancestral worship and he also believes spirit mediums played a part in liberating this country, which belief is religious and very debatable, yet when it comes to other religions, in this case, Christianity, and its prophets; he jumps to label those that believe in such as “fools”.

Surely, each religion has its own prophets, African religion has Mbuya Nehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi and Muslim has Prophet Mohammed, and why is it so-called educated people like Moyo want to lampoon Christians for believing in their prophets when he is part of a government where n’angas (sangomas) are part of the political and electoral paraphernalia that everyone, from top to bottom holds so dearly?

If Moyo believes in Nehanda and Kaguvi and several n’angas, he should certainly leave some of us to believe in Makandiwa and his prophesies.

If Moyo’s government does not believe there is oil in the country, I don’t think it will be long before another government, which listens to all people, whether they are prophets or not, acts on Makandiwa’s lead and do explorations for the oil.


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    All PhD’s should be barred from politics

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    toperasu 7 years ago

    I do not agree with Moyo much but I agreed with him that Makandiwa is full of bulls–t. The writer hit some key points but came out as empty when he quotes scientific empiricism without employing the same empiricism to prove the efficacy of Makandiwa’s prophecy. If the prophecy is scientific then it demands a scientific rebuttal but since iri fembera fembera then it got a fembera fembera rebuttal. You can’t expect a scientific response to a none scientific assertion. You believe the prophecy, I do not. You prove the prophecy and I will not have to prove it is full of sh–t. You cannot prove it, and will not prove it even if a million dollars was the prize. Even if entry into heaven was the prize– you would not be able to prove it so hapana prophecy apa. You are free to believe this nonsense and I am free to point out that it is nonsense.

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      Adam Jones 7 years ago

      So Moyo should not make it his business to rubbish Makandiwa when he thinks the skull of Nehanda will revive the economy that he and the ZANU gang are plundering. At least it is possible to disprove Makandiwa’s proffecy through scientific exploration. But how does one test Moyo’s theory? To turn the economy around economic policies must change. No skulls required. Yes Nehanda and Kaguvi’s remains must be preserved in Zimbabwe. Indeed including many others that remain in other lands. But for Moyo to say that ZANU will not stop plundering the economy until Nehanda’s skull is repatriated is madness of the prof.

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    This is what we have become!? People, we are in serious problems. Please wake up!

    Greece has already secured bailouts from EU. We’re spending time discussing voodoo economics and abracadabra! Zimbabwe, wake up. None of the lead stars mentioned here can deliver a first world Zimbabwe. Yes, they talk and people spend hours, days and years listening! It produces nothing!

    People, let’s go to work! Let’s fix our mess!

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    Layan 7 years ago

    Saka urikutinyorera zinyaya rese iri nekuti moyo akati muri mabhambi. The person you must talk about is your profitmakerndiwa and his absurd prophecies.

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    Fonso 7 years ago

    The ‘Rocket scientist’is mad as he thinks he knows everything when we all know that he is just a a nonsensical serial political flip flopper.Moyo’s behaviour causes me to hate anything called proffessorship because using an example of Moyo,being a prof only prooves to be nothing except showing intellectual bankruptcy and stupidity.Moyo,who was barking his critic of Mugabe and his government turned his critics to praises when he,like a hungry dog,was given a bone.The man is stupid.If thai is the nature of being a prof,its better for me to die with my fist degree than becoming such a foolish prof like Moyo.

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    iwezimbo 7 years ago

    Mono, like trump are the worst kind of ‘politicians’, dishonest. … evil …. corrupt. They gain ‘popularity’ through hate

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    Petros Magomazi 7 years ago

    The fact that Moyo has a PhD does not mean that everything he says is inspired by the PhD. Having a PhD does not imply academic prowess.So you do not have to attack his PhD if you disagree with his opinion. The most intelligent never go beyond the Honours degree as they are quickly absorbed by industry. The average students are the ones who normally proceed to do masters degrees and then PhD’s.
    As for Makandiwa’s prophecy, there is nothing wrong in questioning it as previous pronouncements are yet to come to pass, at least in the manner and timeline in which they were expected to occur. Even the Bible says we must not just accept every prophet or prophecy. They must be tested. So we will wait and see if the prophecy comes to pass. My own wish is that all these prophesies come to pass for the sake of our nation and also for the sake of this great man of God in our nation.

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    machakachaka 7 years ago

    Forgive Jonathan Moyo. He knows nothing.