‘Mugabe blocked lecture’

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe reportedly instructed his deputy, John Nkomo, to block former cabinet minister Nkosana Moyo from delivering the opening lecture at the launch of the Joshua Nkomo Lecture Series at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) in Bulawayo.
Sources told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that Mugabe held a private meeting with Nkomo on the sidelines of the Zanu PF central committee meeting in Harare a fortnight ago where he expressed concern over Moyo’s Nust lecture, which excluded him.
Mugabe instructed Nkomo, who is part of the Joshua Nkomo Foundation, to cancel the event at the 11th hour.
The lecture was meant to coincide with the 13th anniversary of Nkomo’s death on July 1 1999. It had been organised by the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe, publishers of the Daily News, the Nust Journalism Department and the Joshua Nkomo Foundation.
It had initially been reported that Zanu PF had blocked the launch of the Nkomo lecture, but senior party officials in Bulawayo said the decision was made by Mugabe and Nkomo without consulting top Matabeleland officials.
“It’s Mugabe who didn’t want Moyo to address the event,” said the official. “He instructed Nkomo to make sure the lecture was cancelled at the last minute.”
Mugabe is now expected to deliver the lecture sometime this month or next month. — Staff Writer.