Jonathan Moyo to bounce back

The former Information minister is among Zanu PF Matebeleland North province’s nominees for the 245-member central committee, the party’s main policy-making body.

Moyo will be appointed into the central committee together with party loyalists from the province such as John Nkomo, Obert Mpofu and Matebeleland North governor Sithokozile Mathuthu.

Zanu PF is currently holding its congress, which will see long serving Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, earning another mandate to head the beleaguered party after his largely predictable unopposed nomination last month by all the ten Zanu PF administrative provinces.

Moyo, former Zanu PF deputy secretary for information and publicity,was dropped from the central committee and the politburo at the 2004 Zanu-PF congress.

He had infuriated President Mugabe when he allegedly masterminded the infamous Tsholotsho meeting in 2004 that sought to re-arrange the Zanu PF presidium. Mugabe found this as an attempted coup against his leadership.

He was subsequently expelled as a cabinet minister and from Zanu PF in February 2005 after he stood for parliamentary elections as an independent candidate, defying a party decision to reserve theTsholotsho seat for a female candidate, Musa Mathema.

Just like his rise in 2000, Moyo’s readmission into the central committee will anger his adversaries within Zanu PF who wanted him to rejoin the party starting from cell level and rise through the ranks like everyone else.

Analysts say Mugabe is keen redeploy Moyo to the party’s propaganda machinery which has seemingly faltered under the control of his successors Paul Mangwana, the late Tichaona Jokonya, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and the incumbent Webster Shamu.