Moyo rejoins Zanu PF and vows to bury Zapu

Jonathan Moyo, currently Zimbabwe’s sole independent lawmaker, had been welcomed back into the fold, said Ephraim Masawi, Zanu PF spokesman.

Moyo has impressed Zanu PF leaders in his attacks on Finance Minister Tendai Biti and they have given him credit for cooking up a story about staff in the Prime Minister’s office earning US$7000.

The rogue professor is Emmerson Mnangagwa’s chief strategist and he is the author of the violence that killed so many opposition supporters in the abborted 2006 Presidential election. 

"The politburo considered the application by professor Jonathan Moyo to rejoin ZANU-PF which was unanimously endorsed," Masawi told a news conference.

Moyo is the only independent MP in Zimbabwe’s 210-seat parliament where Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has a razor-thin edge with 100 lawmakers to ZANU-PF’s 99. A breakaway MDC faction holds 10 seats.

He is blamed by critics for crafting Zimbabwe’s tough media laws that saw several private newspapers fold during his tenure as information minister.

Moyo quit ZANU-PF after falling out with Mugabe and ZANU-PF in 2005 after opting to contest as an independent candidate in parliamentary elections.

Zimbabwe formed a unity government in February joining Mugabe’s ZANU-PF and Tsvangirai’s MDC.

Robert Mugabe’s Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said an independent MP’s seat would not be affected if he or she decided to join any party of their choice.

Zimbabwe’s laws bar MPs elected on a party ticket to cross the floor as this results in automatic expulsion from Parliament once the party’s secretary-general notifies the speaker that the member is no longer with the party.

Moyo yesterday expressed delight at being re-admitted into Zanu-PF.

"I am delighted to hear the outcome of the deliberations. I am sure the people of Tsholotsho, who know only too well that the development projects which speak for themselves across the constituency, were done with and through Zanu-PF are also delighted about the outcome.

"The people of Tsholotsho are aware that the future is Zanu PF, not chasing the dead cause of a knew Zapu revival by failed politicians whose track records in government are well documented embarassing national disasters," Moyo said.

"We will see them in the next election," Moyo warned.

"In the meantime, I look forward to be working with comrades in the party for our great country to defend the legacy and gains of our liberation struggle and to make Zimbabwe the success story that our fallen sons and daughters of the soil wanted it to be," he said.

Sources said Emmerson Mnangagwa has targeted Moyo as his key representative from Matebeleland.

Moyo was expelled from Government and Zanu-PF following his decision to stand as an independent candidate in the 2005 parliamentary elections.