Moyo rails against Herald for querying tweet

Prof Moyo

Prof Moyo

Lloyd Gumbo and Tendai Mugabe—
Professor Jonathan Moyo yesterday evaded questions as to why he posted a list of alleged donations made by President Mugabe to Tsholotsho flood victims, excluding 1 000 bags of maize-meal as announced by Matabeleland North Provincial Minister of State Cde Cain Mathema. He chose to be abusive in his response to inquiries by The Herald saying he had not generated any tweet listing the donations.

He said he only posted public information that was compiled by the Tsholotsho Rural District Civil Protection Unit and as announced by Cde Mathema.

In written responses, Prof Moyo said: “Please note that there’s nothing on my Twitter feed that created or originated any information that the President made any donation to flood victims in Tsholotsho.

“The public record will show that the information to that effect was in fact publicly made in Tsholotsho at Sipepa transit camp for flood victims by the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Matabeleland North, Cde Cain Mathema, on 24 February 2017 and reported the next day on 25 February 2017 by your Bulawayo sister paper, the Chronicle which said:

“President Mugabe has donated 1 000 bags of mealie-meal and groceries to about 1 000 villagers displaced by floods in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland North amid reports that about 2 000 homesteads have been destroyed by rains, leaving 635 families homeless countrywide.”

He added: “Because all of this is public information, first publicly announced by Cde Mathema and reported by the Chronicle without your questioning, your question in your text message today as to where I got the information that the President made any donation to flood victims in Tsholotsho exposes The Herald’s now idiotic smear campaign against me.

“As such, The Herald can go to hell. It’s evil agenda is now so apparent and so moronic that nobody is fooled by it anymore.”

Political analysts slated Prof Moyo for deliberately posting the list, saying it was meant to embarrass the President.

The public was led to believe that the donations, which were attributed to President Mugabe, never covered any basic needs of the affected people.

Presidential spokesman, Mr George Charamba was quoted distancing his boss from the donations.

The list in question on Prof Moyo’s Twitter account, which was later updated, portrayed President Mugabe as having donated snacks, mineral water and biscuits only. Prof Moyo, who is the Member of Parliament for Tsholotsho North, on March 11 tweeted a list of donations captioned: “Update of donations to flood victims in Wards 6, 7 & 8 in Tsholotsho received with thanks by the District Civil Protection Unit this week!”

On that list, it is indicated that President Mugabe had only donated 1 000 packs of snacks, 1 000x500ml mineral water and 1 000x2kg biscuits. The private media fed on the tweet to write stories denigrating President Mugabe for the supposed donation.

In apparent response to the stories, Prof Moyo tweeted another list which included 10 tonnes of maize and 1 000×12, 500ml fruit juice that President Mugabe allegedly donated together with snacks, mineral water and biscuits.

On the March 15 list that Prof Moyo tweeted, it is noted that the donation was announced by Matabeleland North Minister of State, Cde Cain Mathema on February 24 and delivered the following day.

How Prof Moyo tweeted a list minus the 10 tonnes of maize-meal attributed to President Mugabe on March 11, when all the goods had been delivered on February 25, is what has raised eyebrows, prompting observers to describe the tweet as mischievous.

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  • truth

    No case. Prof is right.

  • Dennis mudzingwa

    I feel that state media journalists have a good opportunity of bettering the livelihoods of thousands of displaced flood victims who are struggling with access to food, shelter, clean water and a malaria outbreak. They have the potential to reach out and mobilize a high number of donors and raise awareness by utilising their popularity. Even through social media, journalists have an advantage of captivating readers so as to influence their decision making in important situations.
    I hope Lloyd Gumbo and Tendai Mugabe get it that they can actually save many lives out there.

  • nelson moyo

    I hope all the donated stuff was made in Zimbabwe – to encourage employment here and not in S Africa ?

  • nelson moyo

    JONATHAN MOYO ( aka Robin Hood self named) – a few facts on my namesake :-
    In 1993 he was program director for the Ford Foundation in Nairobi. He departed under a cloud after allegations that he had embezzled USD $88,000 from the organisation.
    In January 1998 he moved to South Africa, to the University of Witwatersrand (WITS) to work on a project entitled The Future of the African Elite sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. WITS later claimed that he had absconded with part of a R100 million research grant for the project. In October 2006 Moeletsi Mbeki, younger brother of former South African President Thabo Mbeki, and Witwatersrand University separately applied for an order to have Jonathan Moyo jailed the next time he visits South Africa.
    After quitting politics in Zimbabwe one day soon, this thief, will be brought to justice.

  • GenChris

    Yes l do dont u? If he doesnt waste money flying across globe those affected pple wud be helped not continue to beg when Mugabe wastes money lije there is no tomoro. Kasukuwere is dinner dancing Mugabe as we speak is in Mauritius. Doing what exactly? U tell me.