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Jonathan Moyo blasts Obert Mpofu

by Prof Jonathan N Moyo, MP
24 Apr 2017 at 18:51hrs | Views
PRESS STATEMENT

While on Government duty in India, my attention has been drawn to reckless, irresponsible, disrespectful and unacceptable remarks about me by Obert Mpofu made in the glare of the media at an extraordinary meeting of Zanu PF's Matabeleland North Provincial Coordinating Committee in Lupane on 23 April 2017. I have read Obert Mpofu's remarks as published today by the Chronicle on its various social media platforms as:

http://www.chronicle.co.zw/knives-out-for-prof-moyo/ and published by the Herald also on its various social media platforms as:

http://www.herald.co.zw/knives-out-for-jonathan-moyo/

From the published remarks on the social media platforms of the Chronicle and the Herald, it is clear that Obert Mpofu abused the PCC, as he so often does, in his mistaken belief that just because he has a big body he should throw his weight around and usurp the PCC for his personal purposes and his grossly selfish politics that the people of Matabeleland North have come to loathe for its depravity. Obert Mpofu belivies he is the Zanu PF PCC in Matabeleland North and that the the PCC in Matabeleland North is Obert Mpofu. This rot of his has gone on for too long and too far.

Even against this background, Obert Mpofu's allegation that I worked with Zanu PF National Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, to set up parrallel structures to topple President Mugabe would be laughable but for its very serious implications. And so the record must be stated as it is.

Thanks to the successionist antics of the likes of Obert Mpofu, the time has come to say without fear or favour that the allegation that Cde Kasukuwere has set up parallel Zanu PF structures to topple President is high sounding nonsense.

Yes, like everyone else, Cde Kasukuwere can make mistakes, not least because he is too loyal, too committed and works very hard for the Party. Putting aside the understandable issues raised by the the Party's Women's League regarding specific issues that have been addressed, nobody has said exactly what mistakes, if any, Cde Kasukuwere has made. But to accuse Kasukuwere, of all people, of setting up parallel Zanu PF structures to topple President Mugabe is wickedly preposterous and hogwash of the century.

I wish to say that I have worked with Cde Kasukuwere, sometimes around the clock, supporting and serving President Mugabe, Zanu PF, the Government and our country. For example, I know only too well that the historic #MillionManMarch organised by the Zanu PF Youth League last year would not have succeeded without Cde Kasukuwere's leadintg and active facilitation as the National Commissar of our Party. He did his duty and did it beyond its call. It is in such light that I'm proud of the work I have done with Cde Kasukuwere in support of the President, Party, Government and country and it would be a great honour for me to be charged for doing that work by a well known, shameless and greedyJudas Iscariot.

Obert Mpofu's allegation that I have attacked Command Agriculture in the social media and that I should be censured for that shows beyond any doubt that he has become dangerously opportunistic in his quest to impress some successionist interests in the hope of securing a position in their treacherous ranks.

The record of my intervention on Command Agriculture is very clear, and speaks for itself. I have challenged the falsification of Command Agriculture in and by the Herald, Chronicle, Sunday Mail and Sunday News. The falsification has included cooked up figures and ridiculous claims that Government has adopted a policy of Command Economy on the back of Command Agriculture. These false and thus indefensible claims by the Herald, Chronicle, Sunday Mail and Sunday News are harmful to the Party, Government and country and must be rejected by all right thinking Zimbabweans.

So I stand by what I have said about the falsification of Comnand Agriculture without any fear whatsoever. I have explained my position to Vice President Mnangagwa who has directly raised the matter with me and who has assured me that he understood my explanation after I understood his question. I know for a fact that the issue has been cleared between VP Mnangagwa and me.

It must be understood that some of us are not programmed robots who will consume, regurgitate and peddle nonsense published by the Herald, Chronicle, Sunday Mail and Sunday News under the pretext that they are Government newspapers publishing Government policy about Government programmes. Only aliens from outer space still don't know that these newspapers have become successionist broadsheets in the streets and on social media.

As Command liars, the Herald, Chronicle, Sunday Mail and Sunday News have failed to report that the Command Agriculture initiative was suggested and presented in the Politburo by the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe. The rest is history.

Otherwise it's good to see that Obert Mpofu now knows something about Government programmes with reference to Command Agriculture. Where has he been when the Herald, Chronicle, Sunday Mail and Sunday News have been attacking and vilifying the Government's STEM programme being spearheaded by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development? Here are but a few examples:

http://www.sundaymail.co.zw/stem-dysfunctionally-applied-in-zimbabwe-zim-also-lacking-in-blended-learning/

http://www.herald.co.zw/we-have-nothing-to-do-with-stem/

http://www.chronicle.co.zw/stem-initiative-a-misplaced-programme/

https://www.newsday.co.zw/2016/02/09/dokora-denies-sabotaging-stem-programme/

https://www.newsday.co.zw/2016/02/09/dokora-denies-sabotaging-stem-programme/

It's a pity that Obert Mpofu apparently believe that a policy is a Government programme only when it is claimed by successionists who distort or misrepresent it for purposes of grabbing power.

Many in Matabeleland North, and indeed across the country, know why Obert Mpofu has remained stone silent when the likes of Headman Moyo and other rogue war veterans have insulted President Mugabe. It's because birds of the same feather flock together, even in silence. Obert Mpofu's claim to be the obedient son, used to cover up his greedy exploits, has never fooled anyone.

 I for one will not allow Obert Mpofu to impersonate King Lobhengula, pretending to be Matabeleland North's centre of power. Zanu PF has one centre of power across the country and that centre of power is President Mugabe, my appointing authority to whom I report directly, not via Obert Mpofu or anyone else for that matter.

Obert Mpofu is a colleague in the Politburo, and not my boss. If he does not respect this fact, he must prepare for the consequences.

Hon Prof Jonathan N Moyo, MP

Secretary for Science & Technology

ZANU OF POLITBURO

24 April 2017

New Delhi, India.  



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