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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  • chinos

    Why should people donate in their personal capacity. We have a government of the people by the people. It should do it. Or has government become a person

  • Sonono

    You are not serious, reporters? This is a new low. I dont like the Prof – but not only is her right in his reply to you, it is also apparent that you have absolutely no story. He disseminated info that he had no reason to doubt. I wold doubt that the arrogant President would inly donate ‘Zapp Necks’ (they are called Zap Naks, stupid) to those in need.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Pro Moyo`s social media trigger happy behavior has become his weakness . He joins the likes of many political activists who think the media can turn them into instant celebrities. The pitfalls of his chosen hobby will “pull him down“, indeed a wrong PHD! He tends to forget rules of behavior necessary in an organization to which he belongs. He is a political leader and Politburo member in our ruling party, ZANU PF. He should avoid controversies that embarrass our party. Leaders in their organizations must stand by their organization policies and desire to keep the good image of their entities.. Its like a company board member creating reputation risk for his company. During my hey days as group risk and compliance officer for a large financial organization, I would flag such behavior as too risky for an organization. We hope and pray for Cde Moyo`s return to political lucidity. Even those of us who only took political science modules at undergraduate level can see our dear Prof failing to carefully apply the very basics of applied political science, a sphere he should be a consultant to the uninitiated! His record of political gymnastics,out ,in ,out and now back in ZANU PF is case in point for all and sundry to read and evaluate!

  • Cde Chirikuutsi Wasu

    Floods damaged homes,roads , crops ,livestock. So you blame the President for all these calamities? Other regional countries suffered the same but they are not chiding their leaders for the excessive rains.

  • yowe

    This is now obviously a tactic to divert attention of the public..Whilst the citizens of this country are led to believe Zanu Pf is imploding the truth of the current economic collapse is ignored..People should not be fooled to think there are problems in the Revolutionary Party these guys are all working in unison to ensure that they stay in power. All of this is a slide of hand. The truth is the country has no money any more, Bond notes are the disaster we all feared and whatever bank savings or pensions people think they have it is all worthless now.Yes 2008 has happened again .Their only life line are the tobacco sales of which John Bond is keeping 80% of the forex and paying out the balance in bond notes and USD… These Jonso tweets and the Heralds constant reports should be ignored….Mashoko angu haawiri pasi YOWE!!!!!!!

  • Profmunenhema

    I am confused. 2000 homestead and only 1000 villagers benefit from the donation. Please advise how this is mathematically correct. Or only half benefitted. Does that help?