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Cde Khaya Moyo

Cde Khaya Moyo

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TODAY’S eagerly-awaited Zanu-PF Politburo meeting will proceed as scheduled, despite threats from some party elements to disrupt it.

The Politburo, the revolutionary party’s supreme decision-making body outside congress, is widely expected to discuss social media abuse amid concerns the actions of some party leaders were reminiscent of the shadowy Facebook character Baba Jukwa who cultivated social media followers at the party’s expense.

The Politburo is also expected to deal with officials who leak the party’s classified information to the private media and those fanning factionalism by challenging and denigrating the leadership appointed at the party’s Sixth National People’s Congress in December 2014.

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Analysts yesterday urged the Politburo to act on those denigrating President Mugabe’s appointments, saying their actions were akin to Baba Jukwa who used social medium to post subversive articles and denigrate Zanu-PF leaders.

Party national spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya-Moyo and secretary for Administration Cde Ignatius Chombo said the meeting would go ahead as scheduled.

“It is on tomorrow (today), definitely, and more details will come to you after the meeting,” Cde Khaya-Moyo said.

Cde Chombo, who has the mandate to craft the Politburo agenda in consultation with the President, said: “The meeting will start at 10 o’clock and it is the first meeting of the year. We will obviously have a post-mortem of the 15th National People’s Conference we had in Victoria Falls last December and any other issues relevant to the party.”

Apart from the abuse of social media, also likely to be discussed are outstanding disciplinary cases, preparations for the 21st February Movement celebrations in Masvingo and a brief on the African Union Summit held in Ethiopia recently.

Cde Khaya-Moyo, this week said there was no way social media and factionalism would escape attention after national commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere downplayed the issue last Friday, claiming the Politburo had more serious issues to discuss.

Political analysts said it would be “ruinous” for Zanu-PF to ignore the abuse of social media, which has seen some Politburo members expending more energy there, instead of assisting in the achievement of electoral promises made to the people during the 2013 harmonised elections.

President Mugabe has repeatedly warned party cadres against back-stabbing other officials at any fora, saying the party had channels of addressing grievances.

There has been frenzied tweeting by Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, who has been making crazed attacks against fellow party members, including Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, using the Twitter handle @ProfJNMoyo.

Just yesterday, he threatened Cde Khaya-Moyo for stating to The Herald that the Politburo would be seized with issues affecting the party, including abuse of social media.

Prof Moyo tweeted: “SK Moyo is my brother. Did they (The Herald) quote him (Cde Khaya-Moyo) right? If so, then he’s going the Rugare Gumbo way as party spokesman!”

Prof Moyo has also clashed with Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba and War Veterans Minister Christopher Mutsvangwa using his Twitter account.

Some of the Politburo members have also become darlings of the private media, being quoted daily and granting interviews against President Mugabe’s counsel.

Political analyst Mr Alexander Rusero said for the benefit of the masses who trusted Zanu-PF with their votes, the Politburo should deal with the abuse and discord being parroted on several social media platforms.

“Instead of running Government, it seems some ministers are running Twitter accounts,” he said.

“You cannot have party cadres spending more time on Twitter and Facebook than in constituencies, fulfilling the party’s economic turnaround blueprint, Zim-Asset. It’s of no use to both the party and the entire citizenry.”

Mr Rusero said while it was a democratic right for anyone to own social media accounts, Politburo members should abide by the party’s constitution.

He said the Baba Jukwa debacle should be a lesson to party members adding that having more followers on these platforms did not translate to being “holier than thou, sacrosanct and more correct.”

“Joining a group or political formation means that you adhere to that political party’s idiosyncrasies first, before satisfying your own egos,” Mr Rusero said.

“A clever and loyal party protagonist does not intensify tweeting at a time some are raising concern. Zanu-PF has got a spokesperson, it has got a mouthpiece, it has got several platforms to iron out differences, and it doesn’t need Twitter or Facebook to settle grievances. It ought to be a mature party that should take a cue from its mature leadership.”

Political analyst Mr Goodwine Mureriwa said by attacking the party and Government’s senior leadership on social media, such party leaders were defying the directive by President Mugabe, who is the Zanu-PF First Secretary and President.

“The Politburo should deal with those with factional interests and undermining the President. This is a sign of indiscipline, which should be dealt with,” he said.

Added another analyst Mr Alexander Kanengoni: “The issue of social media is quite serious and it’s like we are heading back to the Baba Jukwa era. So, the Politburo has to discuss this because it seems some people with the Baba Jukwa mentality are furthering their interests through attacking Presidential appointments.”

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators Association (Zilwaco), Zanu-PF Youth League and other affiliate organisations have condemned the abuse of social media saying it was tantamount to “usurping and defying the President.”

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has also expressed concern over the same issue.

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  • sambiri

    Indaba crunch confusion saga dragging on at the expense of the suffering Zimbabweans yet the real indaba crunch should be to fix the untold suffering people are enduring day in day out

  • Mamvemve

    When these same politiburo members,expelled Mutasa and Gumbo,they told us factionalism in the revolutionary party was now a thing of the past. They also said they would be no more leaks, of information to the media by politiburo members. So why should we expect different results this time?

    • Department 6

      when mutasa & gumbo were expelled, it was like vakabvisa dzikidzi vakasiya inda/

  • kabija

    Where are the treats coming from if the revolutionary party is UNITED? Kungobvunzawo zvangu.

  • Observer gonzo

    Hee twitter, twitter chii chacho. Tweeter can be updated just like SMS and facebook without spending much time. I dislike JM with a passion, but his use of social media should catch on esp to the opposition that always cry-baby about being blacked out of Herald etc. He is using it to get his mind out and this has disturbed the fools that thought that by getting the State media editors on their side they will dictate what the public listens to. With social media yu get much more…direct contact and most of all FEEDBACK. It is more effective to be active on social media than to run stupid adverts and jingles on ZTV with no one watching (check the number of Sat dishes everywhere even in shacks).

  • kutototo

    Zanu PF does not have to worry at all about the promises made to the people during the 2013 harmonised elections, they can still make the same promises in 2018 and we don’t have a problem with that since they have done that since 1980.

  • ThaDoggPound

    Clearly, people still do not know how Zanupf works. What you describe as “crunch” will be nothing but a routine meeting. Remember Rugare Gumbo used to come out grinning saying it was relaxed meeting, meanwhile he was on the verge of being expelled. My point is, do not expect too much from this meeting in the form of public censure of PB members. You will be disappointed.

  • Isusu Ndisu

    Herald stop abusing us as your readers, your reportage is skewed, tinyareiwo please.
    Even if it is Jonathan Moyo you’re targeting, you can’t give him all these acres, are you not on social media too?


    Bob will just read the riot act, preach unity and it will be business as usual again tomorrow. The next big news to look forward to will be the 21st February movement celebrations followed by Independence on 18 April. After mid year, Heroes day and around November, civil servants get promised their bonuses, gore robva ratopera ZANU ichingotonga.

  • Afrikan

    Ko drought? How can you focus on Twitter muchisiya drought and the leakages in government revenue due to bureaucracy and corruption? You don’t care? You just want to beg from the Western countries and fold your arms?

  • Manatha Seilo

    Define what you term to be an “abuse of social media”. You want to ban tweeting like Mr Tsvangirai once tried to do? No one is forced to follow an individual on Twitter. Those who are offended by Prof Moyo’s posts should simply not follow him.

  • question every thing

    The ZANU PF’s party politics and squabbles have become quite a distraction to people’s focus on the real problems facing the country.

  • Imtoogoodtobetrue

    No shacks in Zimbabwe.Confusing with SA.No stress.Common foolish mistake.