Factionalism, social media on PB agenda

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo

Herald Reporters
Debate on the abuse of social media by some zanu-pf members to deride others and factionalism will top the agenda of the revolutionary party’s first Politburo meeting for 2016 slated for tomorrow, a senior official has said.

The meeting comes against the backdrop of frenzied tweeting by Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is attacking fellow Cabinet ministers and Politburo members as well as journalists on social media daily.

zanu-pf spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday said although it was not his intention to pre-empt the agenda of the Politburo meeting, there was no way social media and factionalism would escape attention.

The Politburo is the revolutionary party’s supreme decision-making body outside congress.

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Yesterday, the Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators Association turned the heat on Prof Moyo and Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, calling for their expulsion over the continued abuse of social media like Twitter.

Cde Khaya Moyo said there will be a robust and frank exchange on several other issues, after which he would give a detailed briefing to the media as per tradition.

The party spokesperson’s revelations of part of the Politburo meeting’s agenda comes after national commissar Cde Kasukuwere downplayed the matter last week, claiming that the Politburo had more serious issues to discuss, and accused the media of attempting to craft the agenda for the party.

But Cde Khaya Moyo yesterday said: “I don’t want to pre-empt the agenda of the Politburo meeting. I will speak after the meeting, but there will be a lot of discussion on those issues (social media and factionalism), among other discussions.

“It is better that I talk after the meeting where I will give you a comprehensive briefing.”

Over the weekend, Cde Khaya Moyo told our sister paper The Sunday Mail that the party was alarmed that the notorious practices (of abusing others on social media and factionalism) were still going on, adding that President Mugabe condemned them.

“We cannot go on with this disease called factionalism. It does not help us to attract investment and bring stability and unity, which is our motto as a party. It must be weeded out and those responsible must be dealt with, without fear or favour,” he said.

Cde Khaya Moyo said Zanu-PF had one centre of power in President Mugabe who was the only leader elected at Congress.

“The person who is at the centre of all party activities is, naturally, the President. He is the head of the party, the centre of power; the reason being that he is the only one, in terms of our amended constitution, who is elected at Congress,” he said.

“The rest of the people, including the VPs and the Politburo, are appointed by the President from elected Central Committee members. Given that scenario, naturally, he is the centre of power.

“This is why some of us have always been bewildered and surprised when we hear that there are factions in the party.

“A faction obviously has a leader, and if you are a leader of a faction, it means you are also a centre of power. This is totally unacceptable and abominable.”

Other Zanu-PF organs, affiliate organisations and concerned groups have since condemned the abuse of other party members on social media and warned that could destabilise both the party and the State.

The Zanu-PF Youth League and the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association have voiced their concern over the abuse of social media, while the Zimbabwe Republic Police have weighed in expressing serious concern over the same issue.

President Mugabe, in his official capacity as the party’s First Secretary, has on many occasions implored party members to desist from abusing social media to attack each other.

Ziliwaco secretary-general Cde Jabulani Mbetu said they were fully behind the position taken by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) calling for the sacking of Prof Moyo and Cde Kasukuwere.

The comments by Ziliwaco followed a position announced by war veterans secretary-general, Cde Victor Matemadanda who said Prof Moyo should be expelled from the ruling party, for his abuse of social media, where he is denigrating senior party members, in defiance of a directive by President Mugabe.

Cde Kasukuwere weighed in last week when he said the revolutionary party had no time discussing social media issues in its Politburo meetings.

Cde Kasukuwere, who is also Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister told journalists last Friday that the party had more serious issues to discuss.

“As liberation war collaborators of this country, we are not happy with the utterances of Jonathan Moyo. We are in support of ZNLWVA national chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa’s stance that the party should expel Jonathan Moyo. We want to remind our fellow comrade that the liberation struggle was not fought through Twitter. As war collaborators, we will not allow Twitter to destroy our revolutionary party,” said Cde Mbetu.

He said Prof Moyo, who is also Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister was attacking the President indirectly.

“We are aware of the utterances of Jonathan Moyo when he promised the nation that ‘to destroy Zanu-PF one has to fight while being inside it.’ As war collaborators, we will not sit back and watch Jonathan Moyo destroy the party,” he said.

He rapped Zanu-PF national political commissar, Cde Kasukuwere, for condoning the abuse of social media, saying uprisings that have occurred in other countries were spawned by the abuse of social media.

“That is not our culture as a party. Cde Kasukuwere should know better as the political commissar. Mind you, social media has been a recipe for uprisings in many countries,” he said.

The meeting was attended by Ziliwaco national executive and provincial chairpersons across the country.

Organs of the party such as the Youth League have also expressed grave concern over the abuse of social media.

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  • Straight Forward

    There are some who are abusing the Public media.

    • munhu

      like yourself

    • rukudzo

      That one is the law of physics at play.

  • Progressive Zimbabwean

    I do not think it is right for a cabinet minister who is also a senior party member to be using the social media denigrating fellow comrades. I genuinely honestly think it is wrong. I also think the fellow comrades must deal with the matter decisively and avoid a lot of media onslaught on the Professor whom I note is not getting his right to respond. In my opinion is is also not correct to say the issue of social media is not an issue at all. It is because it destabilises the party. Even in private organisations there are boardrooms where harsh words are exchanged but it never comes to the ears of other stakeholders such as customers and lower level staff. It is my hope that this madness will stop and we will rise from this with even more vigour in our economic wars to restore the dignity of Zimbabweans. Thank you.

  • ThaDoggPound

    Our intrepid professor has just tweeted that the Herald will be on tomorrow’s politiburo agenda for being a “successionist disagrace” whatever that means. What say you Herald?

  • maita

    2 sides to this story, either Khaya Moyo is gone or the G40 is gone, but if G40 goes kujeri kuchazara vakomana so these guys are going for bloke.

    • rukudzo

      I am very worried.I love all my leaders. But what annoys me most is that the history that happened China seems to be repeating itself. Tadiiko kubatana vanhuwe?…In China there was the G something now we have G40 in Zim. Why no unity?

  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    Kugeda geda kwemeno kana fire ati versus! Munhu wese kuma mhamha, how far?

    • bodo_kwete

      mhamha vapi??

      • Zarura Zimbabgwe

        The one and only, even zupco buses are aware of mhamha. Wezhira

  • Shuvai

    “A faction obviously has a leader, and if you are a leader of a faction, it means you are also a centre of power. This is totally unacceptable and abominable.”

    There it is, Cde Mnangagwa must publicly disband his Lacoste faction.
    Cde Mphoko and Cde Dr Amai must also publicly disband their G40 faction.

  • Judas Iscariot

    The so called war collaborators are a fraud. A bunch of moochers and parasites, who’re getting gov’t benefits they don’t deserve. There’s no way of proving, they’re who they say they’re. I guess all the povo, who fed and provided shelter for the cdes, should form the povo national association, and seek gov’t benefits as well.

  • Shuvai

    “A faction obviously has a leader, and if you are a leader of a faction, it means you are also a centre of power. This is totally unacceptable and abominable.”

  • Diva Dollar

    Ha ha ha we want drama…infact we the PEOPLE demand drama and fireworks!!

    *sips coffee n popcorn!

  • Pathetic Journalism

    The cause of the ‘factionalism that never was’ is well known. It is this one CENTER of power that all of us have chosen to accept as indispensable, come rain or thunder or come advanced age. As long as those who think and believe Zimbabwe’s vital interests are best delivered on by our beloved * president, continue to wield influence in retaining that one CENTER of power, then there will never be an end to factionalism. As long as it is factual that we are all guilty of ‘forcing’ our revolutionary leader to fail to do what Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro did -namely to pass on the baton to the next generation of revolutionaries, then factionalism is here to stay till that passing on of the baton takes place. Outside of this reality, we can all quack, scream, shout, cry, expell others, victimize one another etc, but factionalism will not simply disappear but will match the stubbornness of those who say the CENTER should not be changed for reasons best known to those* individuals.

    Yes the CENTER was our choice at Congress.
    Yes the CENTER was our presidential candidate in the 2013 harmonized elections.
    Yes the CENTER is a constitutionally legitimate head of state.
    But we put the CENTER where it is as part of a grand strategy to defeat the enemy even as we all were aware that, ceteris parabus, the CENTER should take a back seat and influence political processes in an advisory role. So shall we allow ourselves and the nation to deny the evitable-namely the urgent and equally strategic need to pass on the CENTRE baton to another leader?

    I love the President, l respect the President and the nation salutes him for his visionary leadership. But other factors beyond his control have set in which demand that we as a self respecting party and nation and well educated courtesy of his pro-education policies since attainment of independence, should now ask him to accept leadership renewal.

    Mr President with due respect as an ordinary citizen and non-active party member l appeal to you out of your great love for your country and its people, to either appoint or annoint a successor or to create an atmosphere or conditions under which the party can elect someone to succeed Your Excellency.

    I elect to take the risk of making this appeal as even those who share this position of mine lack the courage to convey this message within formal party structures. But the truth is that it is this very message that now is being manifested as factionalism, hence l term it, ‘the factionalism that never was’.

  • Lex Mapazho

    vanhu havana mabasa ,economy yakadhakwa,igore renzara ,kuzvipatara hakuna mishonga apa vakuru venyika vakunogarira whatsapp nefacebook

  • Muntu

    I suppose it goes without saying that it’s equally wrong when others abuse State/Public Media to denigrate others.

  • Kuta Kinte

    And thank you also for the wise words. Linen especially dirty, is washed in private.

  • Ngwekazi

    Herald you are promoting TRIBALISM and NEPOTISM. Is Moyo not being attacked by Mutsvangwa? Re-phrase your second paragraph please. These two Moyo and Mutsvangwa helped by his so-called War Vets are attacking each other. Media is media. So Mutsvangwa’s attacks are SUPERIOR because there are on HERALD?

  • Kuta Kinte

    I know ZANU-PF has a knack of solving its problems internally. Do not worry because the forthcoming sitting will solve all such deliberate problems decisively. I do not give way to the tendency of going public or to the press on internal misunderstandings. I call these misunderstandings because I do not see the reasons behind most actions highlighted except that nhingi anoti. Tauriranai as progressive Zimbabweans.

  • munhu

    Moyo tweeted a picture riding a crocodile. Which crocodile is he riding in his mind??? What example is he setting to students in this country?
    A divided house soon falls

  • Pamberi

    We are going to tweet moyo out of government…that’s your response.

  • hozhwa

    Saying “I will talk after the meeting” is a cowardly way of saying i will check to see the way the wind is blowing and make a safe comment

  • Biggie Taapatsi

    Just what constitutes “social media” in this techno-savvy age? Even the use of public media ends up on the social media, seeing all public media is now also available online and we are all free to comment. The bottom line is that all issues concerning an organisation should be discussed in the correct forum. These public spates are not in anyone’s interest, let alone the party’s.

    My own take on the cause of this factionalism phenomenon is that it is high time the president pronounces himself on the question of succession. Thereafter the party apparatus must of necessity set in motion the process of choosing a successor now, and not later. Remember elections are beckoning and the last thing the party needs is confusion. Even if Cde R G Mugabe is still the party’s choice for presidential candidate for 2018, perhaps the party should change their constitution so that there is a First and second VP and clearly spell out that, in the event of the incumbent not being available, for whatever reason, the First VP takes over. This confusion is a recipe for disaster, as shown by the current jostling among or between the alleged factions.

    • Pathetic Journalism

      I agree with your views Biggie Taapatsi.

  • Francis

    Brilliant analysis

    • Pathetic Journalism

      Thank you Francis.

  • Mbuya Emily

    You reap what you sow.
    It is amazing how things will change over a period of just 12 months.
    Regai musangano udye mbeu dzawo.
    The center can’t hold anymore.
    We celebrate.

  • Dr inini

    leave Jonathan Moyo alone…he will take us to the promised land…there has neva been such clarity from any other politician of his generation…he always gets his work done!