Nkosana Moyo launches pres­i­den­tial bid

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Syd­ney Kawadza Se­nior Re­porter

FOR­MER In­dus­try and In­ter­na­tional Trade Min­is­ter Dr Nkosana Moyo, who un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously quit the post af­ter find­ing the go­ing tough, yes­ter­day an­nounced his 2018 pres­i­den­tial bid.

Dr Moyo dis­cred­ited him­self when he quit the Gov­ern­ment post 17 years ago and only faxed his res­ig­na­tion let­ter from South Africa.

De­scribed as “weak-kneed” by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe af­ter fail­ing to with­stand the heat gen­er­ated by at­tacks on the Gov­ern­ment for its land re­form poli­cies, Dr Moyo said it was up to vot­ers to elect him.

The for­mer African Devel­op­ment Bank vice pres­i­dent said: “Work­ing with some of you, the ve­hi­cle we have set­tled on is “Al­liance for the Peo­ple’s Agenda” or APA for short.” Dr Moyo said his de­ci­sion to con­test next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tions was driven by the de­sire to solve eco­nomic chal­lenges fac­ing the na­tion.

“On ac­count of these things, I have come to the con­clu­sion that I must heed the call to run for the of­fice of Pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe. This call is com­ing from di­verse Zim­bab­weans,” he said.

Dr Moyo said he was of­fer­ing an al­ter­na­tive voice to the peo­ple.

“If you un­der­stand the idea of so­ci­etal co­he­sion, then you will un­der­stand that we are not set­ting out to fight Zanu-PF, or any other po­lit­i­cal party,” he said. “We are in­stead set­ting out to of­fer a com­pe­tent ser­vant lead­er­ship to all Zim­bab­weans, a lead­er­ship that, from the very be­gin­ning, is con­fig­ured to unify the na­tion rather than to di­vide it.”

Dr Moyo trashed the idea of form­ing a coali­tion, which is be­ing pur­sued by other op­po­si­tion par­ties, say­ing it would not lead to de­sir­able or ef­fec­tive out­comes.

He equated po­lit­i­cal coali­tions to a mix­ture of oil and water.

Dr Moyo said he sup­ported the land re­form and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment pro­grammes, both ini­tia­tives of the Zanu-PF Gov­ern­ment.

“There is noth­ing wrong with these poli­cies,” he said. “Our chal­lenge in this coun­try has al­ways been the ex­e­cu­tion. So, I be­lieve in the land re­dis­tri­bu­tion. I be­lieve in in­di­geni­sa­tion, be­cause in­di­geni­sa­tion sim­ply means to have the cit­i­zens of the coun­try in which an econ­omy op­er­ates, be par­tic­i­pants in that econ­omy, any­thing else leads to in­sta­bil­ity.”

Dr Moyo de­scribed the land re­form and in­di­geni­sa­tion as “very solid and rea­son­able” call­ing for the “im­ple­men­ta­tion of all of these good things”.

He shrugged off ques­tions on the Mata­bele­land dis­tur­bances that oc­curred shortly af­ter in­de­pen­dence. Dr Moyo said he worked with Dr Simba Makoni in 2008, but it was clear that Zim­bab­weans re­jected the Mavambo/Khusile/Dawn project.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Mr Tafadzwa Mug­wadi dis­missed Dr Moyo’s pres­i­den­tial bid as noth­ing, but ev­i­dence of flour­ish­ing democ­racy in Zim­babwe.

He said it would be fool-hard for Dr Moyo to ex­pect elec­toral mir­a­cles in 2018.

“Zim­bab­weans by tra­di­tion are schooled and cul­tured in the be­lief of the supremacy of po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion mir­rored by the party with dif­fer­ent or­gans and in­di­vid­u­als play­ing var­i­ous roles,” said Mr Mug­wadi.

Dr Moyo

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