Zanu PF Divided Over Moyo

NATHAN Shamuyarira, the Zanu PF secretary for information and publicity, fiercely opposed the re-admission of his former deputy Jonathan Moyo into the party, contrary to reports that it was a unanimous decision.

The former Information minister and independent Tsholotsho North MP’s comeback was endorsed by the Zanu PF politburo on Thursday.

Sources said although Moyo’s return was not opposed by politburo members from Matabeleland as initially feared, Shamuyarira did not hide his misgivings about the man who poses a threat to his job.

However, Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF kingpins Didymus Mutasa and Emerson Mnangagwa had already spoken glowingly about Moyo leaving Shamuyarira’s case against the professor weak, sources said.

Zanu PF chairman John Nkomo who had said Moyo must first face a disciplinary hearing for his role in the so-called Tsholotsho Declaration of 2005 did not attend the politburo meeting.

Moyo sued Nkomo for saying he was behind the Tsholotsho meeting that was meant to plot the reconfiguration of the Zanu PF presidium. The High Court is yet to deliver its judgement on the matter.

“There was nothing Shamuyarira could do because some senior members weighed in for Moyo while the rest remained quiet,” said one of the sources.

“Had Nkomo been present it could have been a different story.”

Shamuyarira and Moyo had several run-ins during the latter’s brief stint in Zanu PF and government.

The two once clashed after Shamuyarira gave British news channel Sky TV permission to do a documentary on the situation in Zimbabwe and interview Mugabe.

Moyo, who as Minister of Information oversaw the deportation of foreign correspondents from Zimbabwe and led an onslaught against the private media, tried to block the interview but failed.

Announcing the politburo’s decision on Friday, Zanu PF deputy information secretary Ephraim Masawi said Moyo had not been given any position yet.

But he is expected to work with Shamuyarira in the information department and there is even speculation he would be appointed to government soon.

Shamuyarira could not be reached for comment last week. Mutasa refused to comment referring questions to Nkomo.

“I don’t speak with The Standard and if Nkomo is not around wait for him or just say I refused to comment,” he said.

Mugabe fired Moyo from government after the Tsholotsho debacle and the controversial former university lecturer left Zanu PF after he was barred from representing the party in parliamentary elections.

As Minister of Information, Moyo was responsible for crafting draconian laws including, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which caused closure of newspapers and tarnished the country’s reputation. The Zimbabwe Standard