The former secretary for information and publicity of Zapu 2000, academic and civic activist romped into victory against all odds in his new home as many members of the old guard in MDC T viewed him with suspicion, contempt and outright hatred – all because he was handpicked by PM Tsvangirai to a ministerial post, without a party card or belonging to a ward structure.
Moyo was made the State Enterprises and Parastatals minister – much to the shock and disapproval of many a party faithful.
The party’s provincial organising secretary Doubt Nyoni confirmed the development last night soon after the elections held at the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union offices in Bulawayo.
Said Nyoni: "I can confirm that minister Moyo is the new Bulawayo province chairman after getting against Matson Hlalo’s 172 votes. Bulawayo Central House of Assembly member Dorcas Sibanda is the new deputy after ganerning 180 votes against the outgoing chairlady – Agnes Mloyi’s 155 votes," he said.
However the election of Moyo to the party’s top seat in Bulawayo did not come without incident as scores of disgruntled Matson Hlalo youths opened voiced their displeasure on the outcome and threatened to disrupt proceedings.
Theirs was a battle not to be won because the "Godern Moyo camp" had well mobilised youths from tertiary institutions and members of a local group –Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association to quell any dissenting voices.
Pandemonium was thus averted, though as the Matson Hlalo camp" group says "it’s for now only."
Godern Moyo is a cabinet minister in the coalition government and was handpicked by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai from his civic group, Bulawayo Agenda in a bid to cement the party’s undisputed domination in Matabeleland.
Those that did not support the rise of Moyo argue that he is a mafikizolo (new comer) in the party and is too unfamiliar with the goings on of the movement whereas those that wanted him say he is an astute schemer and academic with a clear vision of what the people Matabeleland want.