Mugabe blocks arrest of his propagandistFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE latest corruption scandal in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe allegedly shielded his former spin doctor from arrest, has heightened divisions within the ruling Zanu (PF) and raised the emotive issue of the massacre of the minority tribes in the early 1980s.
It is alleged Minister of Higher Education, Jonathan Moyo, siphoned US$270 000 (about R4 million) from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund for students at tertiary institutions, to buy bicycles for villagers in his rural Tsholotsho constituency.
The former information minister appeared to justify the action saying other politicians from his Zanu (PF) were also stealing public funds in order to ‘tar roads to their rural homesteads.’
“I would rather be a Robin Hood than a cruel tribalist,” he stated in reference to rivals. Robin Hood is a folklore character famous for robbing the rich and giving the poor.
Mugabe is reported to have blocked the arrest of Moyo, who recently missed the opening of Parliament claiming illness with a bout of flu.
Moyo is again the centre of divisions afflicting the party.
Reviled by some sections of the liberation party, he is seen as Mugabe’s blue-eyed boy.
He was sacked in 2005 for creating divisions in the party but reappointed as minister in 2013 upon Mugabe accepting him back.
Meanwhile, with Mugabe losing grip of the party because of advanced age and reported illness, factions angling to succeed him have taken their tiffs to the public domain.
Moyo has through his social media pages castigated some politicians in the party for the 1980s massacre when an estimated 20 000 people mostly Ndebele, including Moyo’s father, were killed in a brutal crackdown on alleged dissidents.
Moyo is part of a faction attempting to block the ascendancy of Mugabe’s deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to succeed the longtime leader.
– CAJ News
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