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Be very afraid of Moyo

A FEW weeks ago I found out from Muckraker’s column that some audience members had jeered at John Makumbe when he delivered a speech at the same venue as Jonathan Moyo who was apparently applauded at every turn.

FONT face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Of late I have been reading a lot of interesting articles being churned out by Moyo, one from your paper and quite a few from a web publication. Analytical, articulate and well-researched, Moyo’s articles are always a joy to read.

He is right about the need for President Robert Mugabe to leave office and he is also right about the need for a new movement that could help mobilise the generality of Zimbabweans to reclaim their dignity that has been trampled upon by Zanu PF for too long.

The danger that I see though is, given the desperation that we find ourselves in, it will be very easy for people like Moyo to assume positions of leadership in a desperate situation where there is an obvious scarcity of quality individuals who are prepared to stand up and be counted. If Zimbabweans were to find themselves so desperate that they end up falling into the clutches of Moyo, it would be a tragic development indeed.

Here is why: Moyo literally saved Zanu PF from demise, and that in itself was not a bad thing given the fact that in a democracy people have the right to join political parties of their choice.

The biggest problem was the cruel, callous and vindictive manner in which Moyo chose to and succeeded in subduing Zimbabwe. The late Eddison Zvobgo once referred to the Moyo-orchestrated Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act as the “greatest onslaught on our liberties” that the country had ever witnessed.

In an endless list of actions that defined Moyo as heartless, perhaps one that stands out is when, somehow, the poor woman who claimed he had fathered her son ended up in prison. Such claims are normally settled through paternity tests and yet he chose to demonstrate his mean-spiritedness by having the poor woman arrested.

Many a journalist has a horror story to tell regarding their experiences at the hands of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, courtesy of Moyo. One also cannot help but remember his involvement in the Kondozi saga where former employees at the estate ended up being dumped by the roadside.

Perhaps what I find even more frightening about the prospect of Moyo in a political leadership capacity is his inability to show contrition for past wrongs. A few weeks ago during an interview with South Africa’s e-tv he still maintained that Zimbabwe’s media laws were without fault.

He categorically denied having a hand in the unlawful deportation of Andrew Meldrum who had won a court order against such a move. Moyo’s response is that he could not be held responsible for the action of the Department of Immigration. The only problem is that he never dissociated himself from that action at the time.

When Daniel Molokele, in an article published on Newzimbabwe.com challenged him to at least apologise to the people of Zimbabwe, Moyo categorically stated that he owed no one an apology and referred to those who thought he had anything to apologise for as fools and ignoramuses. He poured scorn and churned out his usual vitriol.

Personally, I am very frightened of people who believe they are so knowledgeable that anyone with a different viewpoint is considered stupid and ignorant. Leaders who never admit any wrongdoing and think apologising is beneath them are extremely dangerous.

They remind me of one Robert Gabriel Mugabe. We have lived under his type of democracy for 25 years and the results are there for the world to see and for us to endure in a country with the fastest shrinking economy in the world.

I keep wondering what Moyo would have been saying about Operation Murambatsvina if he had been with Zanu PF. No doubt he would have sold it till it smelt like roses. The hypocrisy is nauseating.

In a nutshell, Moyo resembles our dear leader in many respects and at the rate at which events in Zimbabwe are unfolding, this man could end up being a frontrunner. It is ominous that the people of Tsholotsho voted for him. My fellow Zimbabweans, be afraid, be very afraid.

Abbie Mphisa,

Cape Town.

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