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Jonathan Moyo for President?

by Staff Reporter
30 Jan 2014 at 13:44hrs | Views
A shadowy group has established a Facebook page titled 'Jonathan Moyo for President in 2018' advocating for the Zanu-PF politburo member to succeed the ailing President Robert Mugabe when his term expires in 2018.

The Facebook page with more than 1 400 likes reads, "This page is run by Patriots Organising for Reform and Empowerment. We seek to proactively endorse Jonathan Moyo to succeed RG Mugabe in 2018."

The page on the day of establishment posted a paragraph from one of Moyo's articles attacking Mugabe before he was readmitted into Zanu-PF in 2009.

"Perennial wisdom from divine revelation and human experience dictates that all earthly things great or small, beautiful or ugly, good or bad, sad or happy, foolish or wise must finally come to an end. It is from this sobering reality that the end of executive rule has finally come for Robert Mugabe who has had his better days after a quarter of a century in power."

Moyo was not reachable for comment.

Social media has had an effect on Zimbabwean politics with politicians using the platform to gain popularity.

Before the July 31 elections, a shadowy character Baba Jukwa became popular with many Zimbabweans for revealing Zanu-PF's "dark secrets" that included and plots to rig the national polls.

Baba Jukwa would accuse Zanu-PF ministers of corruption and murder before posting their numbers on the social network calling on the people to contact the officials and demand explanations.

The page, grew popular in a few weeks getting more than 100 000 followers and presently has 384 000 Facebook likes.

Before 1999, Moyo was one of Mugabe's most fierce critics, before joining Zanu-PF in the run up to the 2000 elections.

Moyo was appointed Information minister, becoming one of Mugabe's closest advisors, a development that created a rift between him and senior party members from Matabeleland like Dumiso Dabengwa and the late Vice-Presidents Joseph Msika and John Nkomo.

Moyo became the most powerful minister at the time, bringing a number of changes in the local television, radio and newspaper content.

His fortunes took a dip in 2005 after the so-called Tsholotsho Declaration, which reportedly plotted Mugabe's ouster.

Deflated, Moyo stood as an independent in defiance of a party resolution that the constituency he was eying be reserved for a woman candidate.

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