Moyo attacks VP, lauds Sekeramayi

Professor Jonathan Moyo

Professor Jonathan Moyo

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ZANU-PF Politburo member Professor Jonathan Moyo yesterday launched a blistering attack on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, saying he was not the most senior party member in Zanu-PF as he lauded Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi with a string of superlatives. Prof Moyo, who was speaking during a SAPES Policy Dialogue dubbed “Third Pan African Lecture – Wither the Nationalist project in Zimbabwe”, said VP Mnangagwa would not advance the nationalist project, accusing him of fronting a faction in Zanu-PF.

VP Mnangagwa is on record distancing himself from the so-called Lacoste faction.
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Prof Moyo, who was accompanied to the panel discussion by embattled national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, his brother Mashonaland Central chairman Cde Dickson Mafios, Cde Patrick Zhuwao and Cde Wonder Mashange among others, said VP Mnangagwa was not the most senior member in Zanu-PF after President Mugabe as he singled out Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Dr Sekeramayi, heaping praises on the latter.

“I don’t know why we have not told them kuti muri kunyepa,” said Prof Moyo.

“But they have been whispering, whispering and other people being silent, but it is false and that falsehood (that VP Mnangagwa is most senior) should now be engaged and stated.” Prof Moyo said.

He then lauded Dr Sekeramayi, prompting some in the audience to ask if he (Dr Sekeramayi) was the G40 supremo.

“He is senior and this example is an interesting one because you know Dr Sekeramayi’s loyalty to the President, President Mugabe, and to the party, to the country is beyond question and so are his liberation credentials, beyond question.

“So is his political experience, beyond question. So is his consensus style of leadership, quite engaging. So is his stature, unquestionable. So is his commitment to the nationalistic project and above all in my estimation, his humility.

Prof Moyo added: “He is not arrogant. He doesn’t say ‘ndezvedu izvi’ or ‘chinhu chedu ichi’. He is accommodating. He is a true nationalist. In the vein we have seen them from the tradition of President Mugabe, the late Vice President (Joshua) Nkomo or the late Vice President Simon Muzenda, the late Vice President Msika, the late Vice President John Nkomo. You don’t say ‘akabva nekupi uyo?’ You can tell kuti akabva nekupi through the engagement-grounded and I am giving this as an example remember.”

Prof Moyo said he was challenging the notion that below President Mugabe there was only one leader who was senior.

“I’m saying that’s not true and I am challenging the historians to dig up the evidence if they think I’m not telling the truth,” he said.

“What is true is that because of his humility, Dr Sekeramayi’s story is not well known but once you get to know it, encounter it, it’s infectious. But so that you don’t misunderstand me, there are others, even Vice President (Phelekhezela) Mphoko is actually senior but you won’t know if you live in a society that doesn’t value information which is driven by propaganda. But he is, check the record.”

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  • Moe_Scyslack2

    So what? None of them can lead us to the promised land anyways. They have been monkeying around for 37yrs. Hapana nyaya apa. Real change that will allow Zim to join civilized nations of this world will come from within but definitely without the old horses. They’re proven failures. Vese.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Only those speaking on behalf of white Rhodesians mention 37 years in our political debates. You can criticize our government but to decry our Independence since 1980 is being nostalgic of colonial rule. Your name being exotic you must be a frustrated ex Rhodesian. If you are black Zimbabwean hiding behind a fake name ,then you need to be cleansed from being Ian Smith`s spirit medium. Nehanda forbid this unpatriotic spirit medium in Zimbabwe!

      • Ijaha leMzinyathini

        But Prof bvuma kana makonewa. It is a fact that cant be denied that medical services were better at Gomo hospital or Mpilo hospitals during Ian Smith’s rule than there are now. It is a fact that black doctors and nurses had better working conditions under Ian Smith than now.It is a fact that roads in townships and towns were better maintained under Smith than under Mugabe. It is a fact that Rhodesia Railiways was doing better than the current NRZ. It is only when we admit our failures that we can move forward. There is no one who yearns for white rule it is the frustration of being oppressed by our own that is worrying. For the record I wish the best for Zimbabwe but I cant stomach a government that prioritises German sedans ahead of medicines for public hospitals.
        I know I have to ferry medical supplies for my sick neighbours

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          My foot! Ah, handina kukonwa ini. Its the sanctions stupid on our economy. When parents cant pay fees because they lost jobs do you just blame the parents and companies ? You should look at why those companies suffered too. Sanctions are so pervasive and you need a better understanding of how the modern economic system works ,given linkages with international trading and financial systems. You sound intellectually too pedestrian for an Economics debate.

          • Ijaha leMzinyathini

            I said tjis government buys German vehicle ma Mercedes benz nema SUV for CHEFS rather than medicines for public hospitals what has that to do with sanctions bamboo? I said it and I will say it now the whole world is waiting for our products. Tell me one country that has refused to buy from us because of Western sanctions

      • zimbotry

        That is a totally foolish and stupid comment. Many of us recognise the chaos our country is in due to the ineptitude of those in power

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          But you continue to refuse to accept the negative effects of sanctions on our economy. Those elected into power have been exonerated by the people who continue to vote for them , as they don`t believe economic ills are only because of the ineptitude of those in power. Why do you continue to lie against the clear understanding of majority of Zimbabweans?

      • Zvobgo

        This is a true Prof speaking not a 3-month Prof like some @Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) who is too afraid to voice his own opinion.
        After all Prof Moyo attacked nobody in his piece!
        Herald, some call you Nhemald for such distortions in your head lies!!!

      • Zvobgo

        Not everyone hides under a fake name like you do komured Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      • Madara

        thing is we would prefer colonial rule. as its better than this. this isnt what we fought for

      • yowe

        Haiwawo

  • Marufu Chihwandire

    The sick professor

  • omahn

    Presenting another alternative prof? Throwing the cat among the pigeons. Let’s see if it works!

  • Jabu

    A professor always a professor. I just like this guy’s analysis. It is pregnant of stubborn facts. Yaa true VP has to tone down a bit and humble himself more. Rememeber the cup issue.

  • eliah

    I love this story , so G40 sepremo according to this article is VP Ngwena irrespective of spirited denials hence Dr Sekeremayi is warned not to mess with this outfit. What is the measuring rod of seniority in this people’s party ,is it about age ,the time when one joined the party or how good ones licks the one at the helm. Jonso has further thrown spanners into the succession enigma by this simple claim that VP is not the most senior in the party and this will open floodgates to all sorts of rheoris.

  • Tengenenge

    Trempling G40 thieves now like headless chicken….running all over town. I know for sure Dr Sekeramai won’t be impressed

  • Unendoro11

    Kakadhakwa aka .. Kunge kanwa musombodhiya

  • Mafirakureva

    Its interesting that prof Jonso has brought up this subject of seniority. There is no denying the fact that Dr Sydney Sekeramayi is a senior member of the party. It however, has to be stated that at the Maputo Congress in 1977, the leadership that emerged had Cde RG Mugabe as the President and First Secretary of ZANU. Cde Mnangagwa become the secretary for security while Cde Sekeramayi was elected Deputy Secretary for Health, a Department which was headed by the late Dr Herbert Ushewokunze. These are the posts the two men held at Independence in 1980. In short in 1980 VP Mnangagwa was head of the Security Department while Dr Sekeramayi was Deputy Secretary for Health. How does Sekeramayi become senior to Mnangagwa. Even as things stand, Cde Mnangagwa is Vice President and Second Secretary of Zanu pf while Dr Sekeramayi is Secretary for War Veterans in the politburo.

  • Joseph Maphosa

    The same Professor Jonathan Moyo denigrated the then ZANU PF National Chairman John Nkomo and challenged his seniority after the Tsholotsho debacle. Today the same John Nkomo is a luminary. This is Jonso for all who care to listen to him. Some of us stopped a long time ago. But he should stop abusing Sekeramayi’s name and taint him as a factionalist.

  • Gary WekuZviyambe

    Zvigotipeiko?

  • Gatsho

    Where there no better issues to talk about at this Sapes outing? People are tired of this gibberish succession talk. Taking over what yet the country is in tatters kunge marengenya ebhinya. Nonsense.

  • Ray Mbada

    I don’t think this is by any chance going to turn around our economy. These bastards are taking us for a ride, they want to drive us away from reality so we can dwell on these shit stories and monkey games while they loot everything that is left of this nation.

  • jerryb

    Welcome back Prof Moyo on our herald online with a new line of inquiry of our views and thoughts.
    Mnangagwa vs Sekeramayi
    The former`s name has been associated with dirty politics and factionalism such that his credentials on the hierarchy has been distorted. The later, indeed is so much humble and has been able to distance himself from all forms of anarchy in the party. It won`t surprise if this guy is handed over the button stick to finish the race of his Excellency. (Mugoti unonogona kupiwa anyerere apa).

    The debate of most senior can only be well answered by those with ability to sell their names to the public. (#Ref Chinoz being MP & Mphoko being VP).

  • Tiriparwendo

    moyo is the only man in zanu pf who understands and exercises his rights

  • Reuben Mukondiwa

    Haaaa pakaipa but on a serious note Sekeramai zvake haana dzungu..

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    During our struggle for freedom from colonial rule , political parties that spearheaded our struggle had structures . The unity that was crafted between ZANU and ZAPU to form ZANU PF brought together leaders. The issue of seniority in ZANU PF today can either be based on 1) historical parties structures before Unity Accord 2) Post Unity Accord party structure. The current ZANU PF party structure is where the debate is live and kicking! The seniority becomes now confused and debatable among government elected positions , party elected positions and party appointed positions . Which seniority then ? Historical ?Current elected in the party? Current appointed in the government? Current appointed in the party? I am a current cell member in ZANU PF and therefore junior to some who are not even liberation heroes like inini zvangu. Ini zii zvangu?

    • zimbotry

      There surely is more kicking going on than debate these days.

    • N. Sithole

      I am inclined to concur with you @Prof. You have given a sober analysis. I give you credit.

    • Zvobgo

      Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Geoff Hill on Sekeramayi… Don’t pluck stats from the air!

      Sydney Tigere Sekeramayi (born 1944) was expelled for his active role in the newly formed Zanu party by Rhodesian authorities in late 1963. He moved to Czechoslovakia to study on an NDP scholarship with help from Rupiah Banda, the International Secretary of the Zambia Students Union. Banda established contact between Sekeramayi and the NIB. In June 1964 he moved from Czechoslovakia to Lund, Sweden, on an NIB scholarship. He studied genetics at the University of Lund, became ZANU’s representative in Sweden, and then attended medical school. In Lund he studied with Alexander Chikwanda of the United National Independence Party of Zambia.
      In 1969 Sekeramayi requested assistance from SIDA in his function as
      Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Students’ Union in Europe. He
      coordinated Herbert Chitepo and Richard Grove’s visits to Sweden.

      In 1976 he moved to join Zanu’s war effort in Mozambique.At independence in 1980, he was appointed Minister and to date he is the only person to have served in every cabinet. Few find any blemishes on this recluse yet efficient bureaucrat

      • Cde in DIASPORA

        Impressive history about Cde Sekeramayi you are giving. But there are many others also with such rich backgrounds who are equally seniors. Why all this talk about who is most senior as if that is what people should consider only when the chose their future leaders. Other criteria are also relevant given that today`s demands and other circumstances after our armed struggle may be more relevant .

  • gutu chitovah

    Lucifer is now running naked!!!!!!1 handei Tione baba Jonso. kikikkiest. chakadya chakaoneka, mutanda unosiye mbare!!!!!

  • Zvobgo

    hear hear
    “In 2008 Jonso and his crew disappeared from the scene while ED and the
    military stood by the President after the Party’s defeat by the MDC.”

  • NHumwa Samanyanga

    I think this is highly improper and treasonous for the Professor to be going full throttle and exposing his seniors in ZANU PF and opinionating as to who is better than the other, at a time when even the President forbade cadres from criticising each other in the media.It is a fact that there is a clear hierarchy in ZANU at the moment wherein there is a President and First Secretary , then maVice President maviri who happen to be senior to the Prof and all the other people he is trying to push for. So that being the case, the learned Prof should learn to respect that set up and not try to agitate for change which is not necessary at the moment. Prof Moyo even taught us at Masters level the importance of abiding by the organisation structure and the people therein, but he is the first one to rubbish the ZANU set up. He must just accept that VP Mnangagwa is his senior at this material time in our history and no amount of dislike for him will change that. By not accepting this, he is being treasonous and disrespectful to the President who appointed the VP in the first place, ahead if him. The Professor is being highly divisive and i am surprised why this is not attracting censure from ZANU . This calls for people demonstrating against him because he is going against the most basic principle of organisational life, that is , the need to respect AUTHORITY: Hameno but ndizvo zvinouraya musangano izvi.

  • Zvobgo

    izvokwadi

  • Zvobgo

    Where do youget your reference?
    This is what the book “Struggle for Zim says about Sekeramai…

    Sydney Tigere Sekeramayi (born 1944) was expelled for his active role
    in the newly formed Zanu party by Rhodesian authorities in late 1963.
    He moved to Czechoslovakia to study on an NDP scholarship with help from
    Rupiah Banda, the International Secretary of the Zambia Students Union.
    Banda established contact between Sekeramayi and the NIB. In June 1964
    he moved from Czechoslovakia to Lund, Sweden, on an NIB scholarship. He
    studied genetics at the University of Lund, became ZANU’s representative
    in Sweden, and then attended medical school. In Lund he studied with
    Alexander Chikwanda of the United National Independence Party of Zambia.
    In 1969 Sekeramayi requested assistance from SIDA in his function as
    Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Students’ Union in Europe. He
    coordinated Herbert Chitepo and Richard Grove’s visits to Sweden.

    In 1976 he moved to join Zanu’s war effort in Mozambique.At independence
    in 1980, he was appointed Minister and to date he is the only person to
    have served in every cabinet. Few find any blemishes on this recluse yet
    efficient bureaucrat
    ref: Hill, Geoff. The Battle for Zimbabwe: The Final Countdown (2003)

  • Zvobgo

    you summed it up.
    dzvinyu haribudi bhobho

  • Chirove Wezhira

    This idiot called Professor is actually the reason for Zanu PF’s disintegration. I do not know how to describe him but he is the worst dog ever to hold a Politiburo portfolio. Look at the people who accompanied him and you can tell what they are up to. You G40 people were given a thorough lesson in my home Province Masvingo and you are now trying to bring in Sekeremayi into your mess. To hell and just in case you thought your court appeals will stop justice, you will go to jail for the Zimdef theft. Nxaaa

  • Cde Mgagao

    ZANU PF does not espouse violence or abductions. Be reminded of a recent report where Pat Dzamara faked illness and attack from political opponents. His naive donors ordered investigation after a tip off. Dzamara was kicked out of hospital for faking abduction and beating. Saka uri kuda kuita fake abduction iweka? After reading about Pat Dzamara`s faking,the public were left with question marks about his missing brother`s case ufunge? Is it a family trick?

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Ndiri kuti seniority iyezvino inouya neku vhoterwa,kana kuti just being appointed constitutionally. Historical seniority is not practical in politics in a Republic .We are a Republic, not a monarchy. I may be historically senior but if people don`t vote for me , my tough luck. Some of us were involved in the armed struggle but chose not to work in government or participate in practical politics and have no positions in the party structures or government . Hu-seniority hwangu hwe history is not or may not be practically relevant. Period!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Politicians always try to use criteria that gives them advantage to win . But in a Republic , we must always remember that leadership is not on monarchical or dynasty basis. Our next or future President will be elected by the people of this country in due course. One`s historical background may be an advantage or disadvantage depending on the feelings of the voters. We must also remember that our voters are young in majority ,who must be persuaded by our liberation history to vote for who ever. Hence our spearheading current youths rallies. Our behavior must persuade them ,not just history. History can be distorted. But current voters interests cannot be distorted. That is what counts in practical politics in Republic of Zimbabwe ! Political sermons may be relevant or distorted. Amen!

  • stewie

    Although I am not a politician myself or aligned to any party or faction, I like the maturity of Sidney Sekereramai. He is calm, humble and is someone you can respect when talking not because of fear but because he is more transformational leader than a ruler. I think that’s why he leads defence.

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Who cares if so and so is senior or not. That doesn’t change our sorry state and besides, who said if you are junior you can’t be president ahead of seniors? What has Mugabes seniority given us except poverty and some Stone Age living?

  • Cde Aids

    Its all about Karangas reclaiming their country foreigners must leave

  • Zvobgo

    I would rather use a published source than a chidhakwa rigged source

  • Zvobgo

    kkkkkkk