Jonathan Moyo lashes at Chamisa's mazizi
Said Prof Moyo, "You can dot me, call me names, body shame me or lie about me for all you want; no sweat, nothing new about that, you've done it as far back as one cares to remember; but keep my sister, my late daughter & my family out of it; that's all. As for #NC, the jury is out!"
Dear Mazizi,— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) July 29, 2022
You can dot me, call me names, body shame me or lie about me for all you want; no sweat, nothing new about that, you've done it as far back as one cares to remember; but keep my sister, my late daughter & my family out of it; that's all. As for #NC, the jury is out! pic.twitter.com/HpFyF1vmJ4
Professor Moyo has hit out at the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) over its lack of structures, describing the party as delinquent and operating like a secret society and this has angered Nelson Chamisa's followers.
Moyo, has directly blamed Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa for online attacks targeting his family, including his late daughter by party activists.
Moyo, who has been in a steady row back on his support for Chamisa and the CCC party, accused the opposition leader of deliberately fanning the abuse.
Writing on Twitter, Moyo - now exiled in Kenya - dismissed suggestions the attacks could have been sparked by his recent criticism of the CCC's unconventional decision to operate without a structure and constitution.
"While I am sad, I cannot continue to respond to each and all of them. I am heartened by the deluge of DMs asking for the reason for the crude slurs I get from Chamisa's supporters, which reflect deep-seated hatred, as they have also targeted my sister and my late daughter!" said Moyo.
"The reason for the slurs I am getting is Chamisa himself. While he feigns ignorance and appears to be silent amid the slurs, Nelson has in fact used his seeming silence as a cover to fan and fuel the slurs. He has rebuffed all efforts to get him to address the slurs!"
Moyo once said on Twitter; "Since #CCC is 'structureless' and constitution-less its leaders, who ironically are a structure, are using silence as a strategy to get its members to support unilateral and illegal Western sanctions, demonise land reform and revere Ian Smith and, by extension, Cecil Rhodes!
"The consequence of #CCC's refusal to be transparent about its structures is that the party has become deviant; effectively operating as a secret society, and employing political delinquency, such as the glorification of Ian Smith by its supporters, as a political strategy!"
Chamisa - the country's most popular opposition politician going by the last presidential election results - announced the formation of CCC in January this year, abandoning the bitterly contested MDC brand after rival Douglas Mwonzora claimed leadership of the formation.
However, CCC has yet to hold an elective congress and still operates with what Chamisa describes as an interim leadership. The party is also yet to come up a constitution and policy blueprints.
They also argue that structures have previously been used by the ruling Zanu-PF party to infiltrate and destabilise the opposition.
But Moyo, who has led criticism over the absence of structures said; "The refusal by #CCC to be transparent about its structures has been compounded not only by the fact that the party does not have a constitution; but also by the strange reason for the refusal, that the party wants to protect itself from infiltration by Zanu-PF or the state!"
He said registration of political parties was long overdue.
"No secret society should masquerade as a political party or contest any election; no political party should be registered if its leaders or members denigrate the liberation struggle or violate s3 of the Constitution!
"It is common cause that the absolute and inescapable need for Zimbabwe to align itself with the globally well established democratic and constitutional practice of registering political parties, has been occasioned by #CCC‘s refusal to be transparent about its structures!"
He added; "… it is not surprising that, to check against political destabilisation by secret societies, registration of political parties is the norm in countries like the US, UK, Germany & across Africa!
"A country, especially in the developing world, in which secret societies, such as the Triple K (Ku Klux Klan) or the Freemasons, can mushroom unchecked as political parties, is prone to predictable destabilisation & disorder. That is why political parties must be registered!"
Moyo and Chamisa, then leading the MDC Alliance, seemed to have struck similar chords last year before their grand fallout that has been exposed this year.
While in good books, the former information minister made public his support for Chamisa, going as far as offering to oil his campaign in Tsholotsho and train the opposition party's election agents to avoid rigging in favour of Zanu-PF.
His offer, however, did not find acknowledgement, with CCC members raising concern that Moyo could not keep secrets.
"On my part, I never sought to join MDC, given its treacherous ideology. In November 2021, I told Chamisa both by phone and in writing, that he was no longer supportable. I thus could not seek to join Chamisa's no-ideology, no-values, no-constitution and no structure CCC.
"I stopped supporting CCC after its Zimbabwe Grounds #yellowSunday rally in February. I cannot support a political party or a social movement whose ideology and values I do not know or agree with. Political parties are ideologically based, and social movements are driven by values!"