INFORMATION Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has dismissed claims by late war veteran Wilfred Mhanda that the Zanu-PF Politburo member fled from the war of liberation in the 1970s.

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Mhanda, a former Zanla commander who died in May last year, writing in his biography, Dzino: Memories of a Freedom Fighter, claimed Prof Moyo made two attempts, the second successful, to flee Mgagao, a training camp for Zanla combatants in Tanzania.

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He said some educated recruits were more likely to be enemy agents whereas most came on their own volition.

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“However, life was often simply too hard for them. Some educated cadres were caught during escape bids. Jonathan Moyo, for example, made two attempts from Mgagao, of which the second was successful and took him back to Rhodesia from where he made his way to the United States in 1976-77,” claimed Mhanda, whose liberation war pseudonym was Dzinashe Machingura.

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But Prof Moyo, answering questions from Zimbabweans around the world on his Facebook page on Thursday, said it was unfortunate that Mhanda had passed on before he could respond to his allegations.

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Gift Museyamwa Mawire had asked the minister: “Did you run away as Dzino claims? If so, why?”

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“No I didn’t and one day soon I hope the Good Lord will enable me to tell my side of the story,” Prof Moyo said.

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“Otherwise it’s regrettable that Dzino passed on before I could reply to him in similar currency, that’s through a book. I’ve previously referred to the matter in a preface to my book, The Politics of Administration in Africa, published I think in 1991.

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“Dzino made that allegation to pre-empt disclosures I wanted to make in a book about some unspeakable and dastardly acts that he and others working with him did at Mgagao against young Zimbabweans who found themselves at the camp expecting to be trained and deployed at the front. There’s an untold story here Cde.”

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Mhanda was a member of the Zimbabwe Liberation Platform, which had a different agenda from the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association until the time of his death.

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His memoirs were a bitter account of his fallout with President Robert Mugabe which he claimed led to his incarceration in Mozambique just before Zimbabwe gained Independence.

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The late Mhanda, a polarising figure, led training of Zanla fighters in Tanzania and Mozambique, but differences emerged with nationalist leaders which led to his sidelining.

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Prof Moyo in his interactive exercise responded to questions on the country’s economy and President Mugabe’s electoral mandate following the landslide Zanu-PF victory in 2013 among other things.

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Tinashe Kapunya asked Prof Moyo where and how the two million jobs promised during the elections are going to be created and how Zim-Asset was going to be funded.

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“The promise of employment creation made by Zanu-PF in our 2013 election manifesto is real. It is premised on the exploitation of our natural resources to attend to such tasks as the rehabilitation of social and physical infrastructure through public private partnerships or joint ventures,” replied Prof Moyo.

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“The mega deals with our Chinese and Russian partners are examples of the kind of projects that, along with our agricultural sector whose performance continues to improve, can create the kind of jobs that our country deserves.

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“For this to happen, we need a national consensus on the new economy and the new policies needed to bring about the new economy. We need to work together in-between elections and not make every day an election day.”

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Gilbert Kanyongo asked if the minister did not see a contradiction between President Mugabe talking about sovereignty and that Zimbabwe will never be a colony again, while Zimbabwe uses a multi-currency system including the British pound and the United States dollar.