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Who is Major General SB Moyo?

by Staff reporter
03 Dec 2017 at 20:34hrs | Views
Major General Dr Sibusiso B Moyo went on state television to deny the army speculation of a military coup in the country. Moyo is an army general serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe since November 2017. He is a general officer in the Zimbabwe National Army.

General Moyo, is considered close to the commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Constantino Chiwenga, warned that "any provocation will be met with an appropriate response."

Moyo is a former member of the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (Zipra), the armed wing of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (Zapu), which merged with Zanu PF in 1987.

He rose through the ranks of the Zimbabwe National Army and was viewed as a strong supporter of Robert Mugabe during the June 2008 bloody presidential run-off in which MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, pulled out citing Zanu PF's campaign that resulted in about 200 MDC supporters being killed.

Moyo commanded the military operation in Midlands province during the runoff period.

During 2008, many senior military officers were deployed to run key government arms and departments, Moyo being one, serving as a member of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings board.

In 2009, Moyo was placed on a targeted sanctions list along with 74 others, as individuals known to be supporters of the president.

In the build-up to the 2013 general elections, the Zimbabwe Independent revealed that security chiefs again dispatched senior military officers to the country's 10 provinces to spearhead Zanu PF's election campaigns.

Under the plan, Moyo, then a brigadier-general, was deployed to manage various provinces.

In March 2016, Mugabe promoted Moyo to the rank of Major-General.

Deviation from public support for Mugabe began for the major-general at the burial of his mother, Gogo Catherine Moyo. It was there, General Chiwenga said the country's sons and daughters who contributed to the country's struggle deserve respect from all corners of the country after refusing to attend a Zanu PF rally in Chinhoyi.

His statements were taken as a rebuttal aimed at the president and his wife Grace amid rising tensions regarding succession.

Moyo is listed to be a holder of a PhD from the University of Zimbabwe, however, nothing is said about his undergraduate and Masters degrees.

Dr Sibusiso B Moyo
Major-General (Zimbabwe Defence Forces, 2015-2017)
PhD International Relations (University of Zimbabwe, 2016)
Proven experience in international diplomacy and international economic affairs for the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
Enjoys good relations with figures in key global markets, particularly across Africa and in the Far East.
Credited with helping spread the imperative of educational advancements throughout the rank and file of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
Has been pivotal in public-military interactions in different parts of Zimbabwe.

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