SOURCE: SW Radio Africa
Allex Bell | September 11, 2009
Former Information Minister and notorious media ‘hangman’, Jonathan Moyo, has reportedly written to ZANU PF asking to rejoin the party.
Party chairperson John Nkomo has confirmed that Moyo submitted the letter to Didymus Mutasa three weeks ago, after the funeral of the late Vice President Joseph Msika. It’s understood the matter of his re-admittance to the party would be presented to the ZANU PF politburo, and he would have to face a disciplinary committee headed by Nkomo, before being welcomed back.
Moyo, who has recently been rubbishing both MDC formations in articles published in the state media, famously fell out of favour with Robert Mugabe when he allegedly masterminded the ‘Tsholotsho Declaration’ (an attempt to stop Joice Mujuru’s nomination to the vice- presidency) in November 2004. Mugabe blocked Moyo’s nomination into the central committee of the party and dropped him from the politburo.
He was subsequently expelled as a cabinet minister and from ZANU PF in February 2005, after he stood for parliamentary elections as an independent candidate, defying a party decision to reserve the Tsholotsho seat for a female candidate. After his expulsion he turned against the party and Mugabe, whom he once served as a chief propagandist.
The move to rejoin the party is a yet another change of tune for Moyo, who in December denounced ZANU PF in an international news interview, calling it a ‘tribal clique’ with no respect for democracy. He has also often said the party was full of ‘geriatrics clinging to power’.
But it cannot be forgotten that Moyo once played a vital role in championing Mugabe’s propaganda against the MDC between 2000 and 2005. He was responsible for crafting the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which saw the closure of newspapers such as the Daily News and The Tribune. He was also responsible for the closure of the country’s first independent radio station, Capital Radio, and the crafting of broadcasting legislation that, to this day, as ensured no independent radio station has been licensed.
There is no clarification as to what will happen to Moyo’s independent seat, as Tsholotsho North MP.