Prof Moyo speaks on VP ap­point­ments

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ZANU-PF sec­re­tary for sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo, yes­ter­day de­scribed vest­ing power to ap­point vice-pres­i­dents in the Zanu-PF First Sec­re­tary and Pres­i­dent as “a mis­take” as he sprung to the defence of a Mashona­land Cen­tral prov­ince’s con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tion that wants Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s con­sti­tu­tional au­thor­ity to ap­point his deputies re­voked.

In a se­ries of posts on his Twit­ter han­dle @profjn­moyo, Prof Moyo de­scribed the 2014 con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that po­si­tioned Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as the one cen­tre of power in Zanu-PF as a gaffe.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, Prof Moyo said, should not ap­point his deputies, but have them elected by party mem­bers.

In blunt at­tack on the one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple, Prof Moyo also said “a ruler that’s not flex­i­ble to bend will break.”

Prof Moyo’s sup­port for the Mashona­land Cen­tral pro­vin­cial res­o­lu­tion, comes at a time other Zanu-PF prov­inces yes­ter­day reaf­firmed their sup­port for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and the one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple. In­ter­viewed Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons, yes­ter­day said the one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple was not ne­go­tiable and those call­ing for its abol­ish­ment were free to leave the party.

In any case, the prov­inces said, the revo­lu­tion­ary party would not change its con­sti­tu­tion to suit nar­row sec­toral and fac­tional agenda pushed by a few in­di­vid­u­als.

Con­tin­u­ing with his pro­lific tweets on party is­sues de­spite the Pres­i­dent’s coun­sel on so­cial me­dia, Prof Moyo said amend­ments to Sec­tion 32 (1) b of the Zanu-PF con­sti­tu­tion at the 2014 Congress, which gave Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe sweep­ing pow­ers to ap­point his deputies and Polit­buro mem­bers, was a mis­take.

“Amend­ing Con­sti­tu­tion in 2014 be­cause of (for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Joice) Mu­juru ca­bal was a mis­take,” Prof Moyo said.

“Case for Fe­male VP & elected VPs is strong! The case for elect­ing VPs is com­pelling given that suc­ces­sion­ists have taken a VP ap­point­ment as an anoint­ment!”

This lat­est de­vel­op­ment ex­posed Prof Moyo’s flip-flop­ping char­ac­ter as on Novem­ber 27 last year, he tweeted sup­port­ing the one cen­tre of prin­ci­ple. He said: “When we say one cen­tre of power un­der Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as the one leader in Zanu-PF, it’s be­cause we know too many cooks spoil the broth!”

Asked by one of his fol­low­ers us­ing the twit­ter han­dle @Ma­fu­ri­ran­waL on why he was shift­ing goal posts, Prof Moyo re­sponded: “A ruler that’s not flex­i­ble enough to bend will break!”

Mashona­land Cen­tral pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Cde Dick­son Mafios, this week said the one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple was use­less as it was not serv­ing any pur­pose and was not in sync with demo­cratic tenets. He said the norm was not “ben­e­fit­ing” any­one. Singing the same tune of flex­i­bil­ity, Cde Mafios said: “There is need for flex­i­bil­ity in a demo­cratic sys­tem. There is need for flex­i­bil­ity to ad­vise the Pres­i­dent that we ad­just the con­cept of one cen­tre of power, be flex­i­ble such that the Vice Pres­i­dents are elected.”

Other pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers have dis­tanced them­selves from the res­o­lu­tion say­ing it was “a de­ci­sion by Cde Mafios and his han­dlers.”

Cde Mafios is brother to Zanu-PF national political com­mis­sar Cde Savi­ous Ka­sukuwere, who is re­ported to be a key fig­ure in the so called G40­fac­tion.

Af­ter he was em­pow­ered by the party as one cen­tre of power to make key ap­point­ments, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ap­pointed Cdes Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko as his deputies.

This was af­ter a re­al­i­sa­tion that the prac­tice of elect­ing VPs and other of­fi­cials had be­come a breed­ing ground for fac­tion­al­ism and in­di­vid­u­al­ism that af­flicted Zanu-PF in the run up to the 2014 Congress.

Zanu-PF prov­inces yes­ter­day con­firmed their un­con­di­tional sup­port to the 2014 con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments adding that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe had done noth­ing wrong that war­ranted strip­ping him off his ap­point­ing pow­ers.

“As far as we are con­cerned, we still sup­port the one cen­tre of power,” said Harare act­ing chair­per­son Cde Charles Tawengwa. “Ac­cord­ing to our res­o­lu­tions, we sup­port the one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple.”

Mashona­land West chair­per­son Cde Ephraim Chengeta said: “We took a res­o­lu­tion in 2014 and we will never change come what may. We agreed that this is a po­si­tion and we never di­vert from that or sup­port any­one who wants to di­vert that. The Pres­i­dent is the sole cen­tre of power and in 2018 he will be our can­di­date. Let’s go by what we have agreed on.”

Mid­lands act­ing chair­per­son Cde Jo­ram Gumbo, said his prov­ince was “solidly be­hind the one cen­tre of power and his ap­pointed and elected lead­er­ship.”

Bulawayo pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Cde Den­nis Ndlovu weighed in: “As a prov­ince, we abide by what­ever the party de­cides. We agreed on one of cen­tre of power and as a prov­ince, we sup­port that. We agree with the 2014 dec­la­ra­tion un­less the party as a whole sits down and re­scind that de­ci­sion.”

Mata­bele­land North chair Cde Richard Moyo said: “Peo­ple agreed at Congress and we will never change or back that idea (to abol­ish one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple). We are con­tent with the sta­tus quo. If we try to change that, peo­ple will beat us. We gave Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe all the pow­ers and if there is need for change we will take it from there but for now it’s not ne­go­tiable.”

Mashona­land East’s Cde Bernard Makokove, said their con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tions did not con­tain such way­ward agree­ments. Mata­bele­land South chair­per­son Cde Ra­belani Choeni said the prov­ince was be­hind the one cen­tre of power con­cept. Mashona­land Cen­tral prov­ince was the first to raise the is­sue of cen­tre of power, but is now amaz­ingly trash­ing it.

The 16th Zanu-PF National Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence will run from De­cem­ber 13 to 17 in Masvingo. Zanu-PF or­gans and af­fil­i­ate or­gan­i­sa­tions have ac­cused Mashona­land Cen­tral prov­ince of try­ing to usurp Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s pow­ers for fac­tional ends.

Prof Jonathan Moyo

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