Prof Moyo blasts for­eign em­bassies

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ZANU-PF Polit­buro mem­ber Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo yes­ter­day cas­ti­gated the United States and Euro­pean Union Em­bassies in Zim­babwe for med­dling in the coun­try’s in­ter­nal af­fairs and be­hav­ing like op­po­si­tion par­ties in vi­o­la­tion of their terms of ref­er­ence.

Ad­dress­ing the Bu­l­awayo Press Club, Prof Moyo said the em­bassies were work­ing with op­po­si­tion par­ties who have re­cently been en­gag­ing in vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions that caused de­struc­tion of prop­erty in the coun­try.

He said the main agenda of the vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions car­ried out un­der var­i­ous hash tags rang­ing from #Ta­ja­muka and #MyZim­babwe fronted by the MDC-T and #ThisFlag fronted by Pas­tor Evan Mawarire, were an at­tempt to frus­trate the Gov­ern­ment from im­ple­ment­ing its poli­cies.

He said af­ter Pas­tor Mawarire was given false credit for or­gan­is­ing the July 6 stay­away care­fully ar­ranged to co­in­cide with a civil ser­vice strike which had no re­la­tion to his cam­paign, the op­po­si­tion felt the at­ten­tion of their Western han­dlers had shifted to the pas­tor.

“The Amer­i­can am­bas­sador and the EU am­bas­sador were very sup­port­ive of this (#ThisFlag). When the EU and Amer­i­can am­bas­sadors sup­port some­thing, the op­po­si­tion think it’s what God has made, they fol­low like the gospel.

“Zim­bab­wean pol­i­tics is de­ter­mined by what the am­bas­sadors do and say that is why some of them take them­selves to the ac­tion like the French am­bas­sador. I have been fight­ing the EU and Amer­i­can am­bas­sadors.

“I’m shocked by the things they tweet, they tweet like they are op­po­si­tion politi­cians in our coun­try, they don’t tweet like am­bas­sadors,” said Prof Moyo.

“An is­sue has arisen which has not been prop­erly ex­am­ined as to what are the im­pli­ca­tions on the Vi­enna Con­ven­tion aris­ing from so­cial me­dia be­cause the am­bas­sadors, in par­tic­u­lar the Amer­i­can and EU am­bas­sadors, are us­ing so­cial me­dia in ways that are bla­tantly in vi­o­la­tion of the Vi­enna Con­ven­tion which they would not do out­side so­cial me­dia.

But so­cial me­dia is a uni­verse, it’s like the vir­tual world and real world. What they can’t do in the real world they are do­ing in the vir­tual world and it’s rais­ing se­ri­ous new ques­tions.”

Prof Moyo said the op­po­si­tion, rat­tled by #Thisflag, went on the ground and started em­bark­ing on vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions.

“Ba­si­cally they want to trig­ger a sit­u­a­tion where the state takes cer­tain mea­sures and they say look they are now in­ter­fer­ing with our rights,” he said.

Dis­miss­ing calls for elec­toral re­forms by op­po­si­tion par­ties un­der the ban­ner of NERA, Prof Moyo said some of them were part of the con­sti­tu­tion-mak­ing process dur­ing the days of the Global Po­lit­i­cal Agree­ment where the Elec­toral Act was amended but were now show­ing their true colours as elec­toral cow­ards.

The Tsholot­sho North leg­is­la­tor also cited what he called the “Mu­juru fac­tor” as re­spon­si­ble for shrink­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion space soon af­ter the July 2013 elec­tions.

“What we can now con­fi­dently de­scribe as the Mu­juru fac­tor emerged and caused pre-oc­cu­pa­tion. This was the first ma­jor at­tack that shrunk the pol­icy space be­cause clearly the Mu­juru fac­tor had a dif­fer­ent agenda of grab­bing power,” said Prof Moyo. “The peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with that ca­bal were not pre­oc­cu­pied with pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion, they were pre­oc­cu­pied with power grab­bing and it is very dan­ger­ous the day af­ter an elec­tion to be pre­oc­cu­pied with grab­bing power. It quickly builds in­er­tia in the sys­tem es­pe­cially where you can cre­ate im­pres­sions that have

trap­pings of be­liev­abil­ity.” A FAM­ILY at a house in Mkoba’s Vil­lage 13 in Gweru is liv­ing in fear af­ter a mys­te­ri­ous fire re­cently started from an egg and de­stroyed prop­erty, one of many strange blazes at the prop­erty since 2013.

The fright­en­ing oc­cur­rences at the house some­times force the fam­ily to sleep in the open.

On Thurs­day, the fam­ily al­leges that a mys­te­ri­ous egg un­der a bed trig­gered the fire that de­stroyed a bed, blan­kets, a tele­vi­sion set, elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances, a kitchen unit, chairs, the bed­room’s roof and win­dows.

The Fire Brigade said the lat­est fire, which is said to have started at around 12PM, “did not add up.”

When The Chron­i­cle news crew vis­ited Num­ber 1225/2 Mkoba Vil­lage 13 yes­ter­day, the owner of the two-roomed house, Mr Philip Hla­bati, said he was con­vinced that the egg that was un­der the bed was the source of the fire. He said the mys­te­ri­ous fires have been tor­ment­ing his fam­ily since 2013.

“As you can see, the house was burnt by a fire on Thurs­day. Prop­erty in the bed­room and kitchen was burnt as you can see and we have noth­ing,” he said.

“In the morn­ing (Thurs­day) we saw an egg un­der the bed. We didn’t have eggs in the house and it’s not pos­si­ble that the egg could have rolled from the kitchen. Worse I don’t have chick­ens. Next thing around mid­day, the fire started from the bed and spread through­out the house. We lost the bed, blan­kets, elec­tri­cal gad­gets and food.”

Mr Hla­bati said in 2013, their house was once en­gulfed by a fire which started from a trav­el­ling bag that was on top of a wardrobe.

He said he had no so­lu­tion to the bizarre fires as he had even tried pray­ing to no avail.

“The Fire Brigade was called in but by the time they ar­rived, most of the prop­erty had been de­stroyed. They also said they were puz­zled as to how the fire started,” he said.

“The room is as it is with the burnt stuff. It’s rather awk­ward that I have to share the kitchen with my grown up daugh­ter be­cause we are not us­ing the bed­room since this is a two-roomed house.

“Af­ter the fire started some peo­ple said they had seen an egg fall from the roof ac­com­pa­nied by a note say­ing, “Hausati watanga” (You will suf­fer). But we looked for the let­ter and we haven’t seen it. So I don’t know what is hap­pen­ing. This is all a mys­tery to us and we need as­sis­tance as a mat­ter of ur­gency.”

A neigh­bour, Mr An­drew Takada, said they were no longer sur­prised by the odd fires.

“We were shocked when the first fire was first re­ported in 2013, but from there on, we have just been watch­ing. Some­thing is wrong. No one in the area can ex­plain the ori­gins of the fire. We are all baf­fled,” he said.

Gweru Chief Fire Of­fi­cer, Mr Em­manuel Musemwa, said they were called to the house on Thurs­day, but the cause of the fire re­mains un­known.

“We tried link­ing the fire with elec­tric­ity or to some other neg­li­gence but it didn’t add up. It’s not an elec­tri­cal fault. So the cause is un­known. We hear strange things hap­pen at that house and fires mys­te­ri­ously start,” he said. — -@pchi­tumba1

He said a num­ber of mem­bers of the Mu­juru ca­bal were crafty in cre­at­ing false­hoods to the ef­fect that she was anointed to take over from Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe sin­gling out Mr Didy­mus Mu­tasa and Mr Ru­gare Gumbo as ped­dlers of those lies.

Prof Moyo said the over­tures by the Mu­juru ca­bal af­ter the elec­tions to the 2014 Congress in De­cem­ber frus­trated the Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion drive with some de­lib­er­ately work­ing against the coun­try.

“One thing if you have no­ticed about Zim­bab­wean pol­i­tics un­like pol­i­tics in some other more pro­gres­sive, more dy­namic coun­tries is that if you are op­pos­ing some­thing and in this case if you are op­pos­ing a leader who is in charge and has been en­trusted with the power to be in charge by the peo­ple, the only way the politi­cians in Zim­babwe have worked out to do is make sure noth­ing works.

“This is a very Zim­bab­wean thing, op­po­si­tion in Zim­babwe whether its in­ter­nal to par­ties or ex­ter­nal is driven by a neg­a­tive logic that be against ev­ery­thing that is good and be for noth­ing your­self. That’s the only chance you have of tak­ing over, you can only take over if it’s not work­ing. If it’s work­ing the bar is very high be­cause you have to prom­ise bet­ter.”

Prof Moyo said Mu­juru while sup­posed to su­per­vise suc­cess in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pol­icy, was brew­ing fail­ure in the Gov­ern­ment as stones were thrown against in­di­geni­sa­tion, a cor­ner­stone of the Zanu-PF man­i­festo which had won the party elec­tions re­sound­ingly.

Be­sides the two fac­tors, Prof Moyo said the Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion drive was af­fected by the suc­ces­sion pol­i­tics within Zanu-PF which he said were more de­struc­tive than the Western im­posed sanc­tions.

He, how­ever, said for the re­main­ing pe­riod be­fore the elec­tions, the Gov­ern­ment would not al­low any el­e­ments to throw span­ners in its pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion drive.

Prof Moyo said hous­ing, SMEs, agri­cul­ture and in­no­va­tions in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy were ex­pected to cre­ate the promised jobs and boost the econ­omy.

Mr Philip Hla­bati and his burnt house and prop­erty

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo

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