Prof Moyo slammed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Felex Share Harare Bureau

ZANU-PF sec­re­tary for sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo has a long and doc­u­mented his­tory of dis­loy­alty to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu-PF and should stop lec­tur­ing peo­ple on obe­di­ence, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts said yes­ter­day.

Ob­servers also said Prof Moyo could not claim to cham­pion the legacy of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle given his check­ered his­tory as re­ports in­di­cate that he was study­ing in the com­fort of im­pe­ri­al­ist Amer­ica as true sons and daugh­ters were be­ing maimed and mas­sa­cred by the bru­tal Smith regime.

The an­a­lysts’ re­marks were trig­gered by Prof Moyo’s com­ments in the pri­vate me­dia where he at­tacked Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Com­man­der Con­stantino Chi­wenga in Bu­l­awayo on Fri­day.

In de­fi­ance of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s coun­sel on Zanu-PF cadres at­tack­ing each other in the me­dia, Prof Moyo said VP Mnan­gagwa was tak­ing his close as­so­ci­a­tion with the Pres­i­dent as ba­sis for en­ti­tle­ment.

Prof Moyo claimed to be loyal to the Pres­i­dent, adding that he was among those pre­oc­cu­pied with “the na­tional ques­tion of unity and in­clu­siv­ity”.

He said while ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists in Bu­l­awayo: “In the last two months, it is al­ways Moyo and (Saviour) Ka­sukuwere (Zanu-PF na­tional com­mis­sar)”.

“Two is a duo and three is a trio, not a fac­tion. A fac­tion is many peo­ple. G40 will never be­come a fac­tion, whether you have said it or not. When­ever there are suc­ces­sion­ists, you must ask your­self who is the rest. Who are the other peo­ple? Usu­ally what a suc­ces­sion­ist wants is not to get power through an elec­tion. They want to be given [power]. The op­po­site of a suc­ces­sion­ist is a loy­al­ist.”

An­a­lysts, how­ever, scoffed at Prof Moyo say­ing he was the least qual­i­fied per­son to talk about loy­alty as his past was full of doc­u­mented treach­ery.

Mr Good­wine Mureriwa said Prof Moyo was a ‘se­quen­tial po­lit­i­cal flip-flop­per” who lacked con­sis­tence and prin­ci­ples.

“The con­tro­versy around Prof Moyo is trace­able even to the times in the 80s, 90s,” he said. “He sim­ply lacks con­sis­tency and prin­ci­ple that is why when he de­cided to stand as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in Tsholot­sho he was say­ing Zanu-PF was a sun­set party, led by an old and stag­nant clique and sur­pris­ingly that Zanu-PF was un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe. He even said that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe in 2008 will lose to a don­key. At the mo­ment, he is prop­ping up fac­tion­al­ism, which is not in the in­ter­est of the party.”

Mr Mureriwa said if Prof Moyo was loyal as he claimed, he would not be seen trash­ing pres­i­den­tial ap­point­ments in public let alone de­fy­ing Polit­buro de­ci­sions.

“He is fac­ing cor­rup­tion charges and now wants to di­vert at­ten­tion from the real is­sues, try­ing to un­der­mine those who have been ap­pointed by the same leader he is claim­ing to pro­tect. When things are al­right for him, he seems to take one di­rec­tion when things are against him he does the op­po­site. When you are a politi­cian, you need to be prin­ci­pled and have an ide­o­log­i­cal path that you should al­ways fol­low. By at­tack­ing VP Mnan­gagwa, he is un­der­min­ing even the Pres­i­dent him­self.”

He added: “The guy sim­ply lacks ma­tu­rity, loy­alty and dis­ci­pline. The lead­er­ship of Zanu-PF should be aware of juniors in the party who be­cause of am­bi­tions are caus­ing di­vi­sions.”

An­other po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Mr Tendai Toto said Prof Moyo was liv­ing to his word, “de­stroy­ing Zanu-PF from within” and no amount of dust­kick­ing would ex­on­er­ate him.

“His ac­tions don’t show any loy­alty,” he said. “If he is at­tack­ing other party mem­bers that el­e­ment of desta­bil­i­sa­tion from within comes into ef­fect. As a se­nior mem­ber of Zanu-PF and an in­tel­lect, he must be­lieve in con­struc­tive di­a­logue within the pa­ram­e­ters set by the code of con­duct of Zanu-PF. This whole idea of tak­ing is­sues into the public do­main, tweet­ing ex­poses the party frac­tures and fric­tion which he seems to be en­joy­ing. The party should just deal with him once and for all. Sum­ming up point­ers amongst oth­ers are that Prof Moyo can be iden­ti­fied as hav­ing a sus­pi­cious iden­tity and per­son­al­ity self de­signed to ac­com­pany Zanu-PF to its demise.”

He added: “On one hand he pro­fesses and con­fesses loy­alty to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu-PF, but if he con­tin­ues to de­nounce se­nior party mem­bers on so­cial me­dia, defy a direc­tive by Zanu-PF against so­cial me­dia at­tacks, he is demon­stra­bly dis­loyal to the Zanu-PF party struc­tures and pro­to­col.”

Po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist Mr Maxwell Saung­weme said Prof Moyo had no moral ground to talk about loy­alty.

He said: “If loy­alty has its true mean­ing, af­ter read­ing all Moyo’s books and ar­ti­cles against (Pres­i­dent) Mu­gabe then even an il­lit­er­ate per­son will un­der­stand that he is not loyal to Zanu-PF or the Pres­i­dent. It’s fool­proof that one can­not defy his prin­ci­ples and stand­point for po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency and then be said to be loyal to that which his val­ues and prin­ci­ples are against.”

Prof Moyo has also con­tin­ued with his hy­per tweet­ing on his Twit­ter Page and last week used the plat­form to trash the one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple which em­pow­ers Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to ap­point his deputies and Polit­buro mem­bers.

He la­belled the one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple in Zanu-PF, which was ush­ered in by amend­ments to Sec­tion 32 of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s con­sti­tu­tion, “a mis­take.”

South African based an­a­lyst Mr Ti­nashe Tiki said the fact that Prof Moyo ac­knowl­edged that Cdes Saviour Ka­sukuwere, Pa­trick Zhuwao and him­self were pur­su­ing the so called “loy­al­ist agenda” meant that their fac­tion re­placed the one led by Dr Joice Mu­juru.

“Surely the trio or the duo is lead­ing a fac­tion. They can ac­count for their mem­bers. When it comes to Cde Mnan­gangwa, he just men­tioned one name. So ac­cord­ing to their anal­y­sis, it’s them who are lead­ing a fac­tion with many peo­ple. As for Cde Mnan­gagwa, he (Prof Moyo) failed to give names, he just men­tioned Cde Mnan­gagwa,” he said.

The Honda CRV that was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent with a kombi (inset) which al­legedly went through a red ro­bot at the in­ter­sec­tion of Basch Street and 6th Avenue ex­ten­sion on Satur­day

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