Moyo demands Biti’s arrest

HARARE – Zanu PF chief propagandist Jonathan Moyo has called for high-handed measures against Finance minister Tendai Biti and other Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) officials for demanding a diamonds cash audit.\r\n

The former government minister also wants the MDC leadership arrested for what the country’s biggest political flip-flopper says is their call for sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Moyo’s calls for Biti’s arrest on Sunday in the state-controlled Sunday Mail came barely four days after President Robert Mugabe said he was going to ask the country’s security chiefs to tackle his estranged coalition government partners’ support for sanctions.

“Instead of auditing the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation which the US and European Union (EU) want to know for purposes of widening and entrenching their illegal economic sanctions, relevant authorities should probe Biti in the light of WikiLeaks revelations that he is the local linchpin of the illegal sanctions and the law must take its course without fear or favour,” he said.

Apart from calling for strenuous action against the MDC hierarchy, Moyo accuses Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC of sponsoring the latest wave of terror to hit the country ahead of anticipated elections this year.

In his self-serving analysis, the ex-University of Zimbabwe lecturer says party spokesman Nelson Chamisa’s comments on the MDC’s “underground campaign” was an unintentional admission of the former opposition party’s penchant for violence ever since its birth 12 years ago.

However, Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s civil society and western nations blame the latest clashes on Mugabe, and his party – acts which are seen as a tool of cowering opponents ahead of the anticipated elections.

Biti’s crime, according to Moyo and other Zanu PF sympathisers, has been to order an audit of the Chiadzwa precious mineral earnings amid serious political mudslinging stoked by the octogenarian leader’s desperate wish for the diamonds revenue to be used for civil servants’ pay.

While Mugabe told an Ethiopian mission and crowd in late January that government would avail about US$250 million, Biti quickly shot back and rebutted the claims, saying Treasury had no such money from the controversial gem fields – where up to five mining firms are extracting and auctioning stones in a largely opaque manner.

In the meantime, such vigorous attempts by top Mugabe aides like Moyo to block any attempts to scrutinise how fund inflows and distributions from the vast fields are being used have spawned concerns about widespread abuse, if not funding of nefarious activities, using Zimbabwe’s newly found riches.

Since returning to Zanu PF in 2010, Moyo has not only emerged as one of the ageing leader’s staunchest bootlickers, including support of the largely reckless decision to hold elections this year with or without a new constitution, but Zimbabwe has also witnessed a new tempo in misinformation campaigns since the political scientist came onto the scene in 1999. -Daily News