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Jonathan Moyo: Why we apologised to Zanu PF
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News By Priveledge Gumbodete | 5h ago
Exiled former ministers Jonathan Moyo and Patrick Zhuwao last week wrote a joint letter apologising to Zanu PF members for supporting President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rival Nelson Chamisa in the 2018 elections.

They were associated with the #ZanuPFMustGo hashtag as they piled pressure on Mnangagwa to step aside.

Zhuwao and Moyo were part of the G40 faction associated with former first lady Grace Mugabe.

Zhuwao and Moyo fled into exile alongside their fellow colleague Saviour Kasukuwere in November 2017 after a rival faction led by Mnangagwa toppled the late Robert Mugabe in a coup.

Some of the G40 members such as former youth leader Kudzai Chipanga have trooped back to Zanu PF. Moyo and Zhuwao’s letter has sparked speculation that the two are also plotting a return to the ruling party.

Our reporter Priveledge Gumbodete (PG) on Friday spoke to Moyo (JM).

Below are the excerpts from the interview.

PG: There has been a lot of speculation after your letter that you are seeking readmission into Zanu PF. What is the true position?

JM: You are putting the burden of other people’s speculation on me.

Yet there is no rational or objective reason for me to respond to their speculation about an open and, therefore, public letter written to members of Zanu PF.

The difference between Zanu PF members and Zanu PF officials is like that of day and night.

Even dunderheads know that “members” are not “officials.”

Therefore, logically speaking, your question does not arise, not least because, as a speculative question, it is tantamount to political phishing.

PG: Are you open to re-joining Zanu PF? They have responded and welcomed your letter.

The party went further to suggest that you are welcome to re-join. Have you considered the offer?

JM: The apology letter that Cde Patrick Zhuwao and I wrote to Zanu PF members was not an application to re-join Zanu PF, it was what the letter says it is, and the contents thereof are self-explanatory.

There’s no need to jump the gun, which made us jump borders in November 2017.

You say that the “party has suggested” that we are welcome to re-join, but if it is a suggestion as you put it, then it is just that, a suggestion.

I’m not familiar with the politics of suggestions.

The bottom line is that you do not cross any river which is not in front of you.

The joining and re-joining narrative is coming from busybodies, trying to set their own nefarious agendas. Let them stew in their own fat.

PG: Critics have been using the letter to attack your character as well as intentions given that you are apologising to a party, which has resulted in your current predicament.

JM: The “critics” you are referring to are in fact my political opponents and in particular Nelson Chamisa’s supporters.

Critics and political opponents are not the same thing.

It is an open secret that Nelson Chamisa’s supporters have been falling on each other on various social media platforms, long before the letter that Cde Patrick Zhuwao and I wrote to Zanu PF members to apologise for our use of and association with the #Zanu PFMustGo hashtag.

Cde Zhuwao and I are not in any predicament whatsoever, but if we were in any predicament, it would be preposterous to say Zanu PF members are responsible for that predicament.


In personal terms, we are doing very well, but that is a story for another day.

We did not write our letter to Zanu PF members out of any predicament, but out of a long-held realisation that it was wrong and ill-advised of us to use and associate with the #Zanu PFMustGo hashtag.

We have never had any quarrel or fight with Zanu PF members, and we in fact have no reason to wish or want to see the vanishing of their historic and revolutionary movement that liberated Zimbabwe, and a movement to which we ourselves are intimately connected with.

Otherwise, as my political opponents, Nelson Chamisa’s supporters can attack my character, drag in my late daughter and do all the kinds of demonisation with ad hominem slurs that they have been unleashing for the better of the year for all they want; but I did not write the letter alone; it’s a joint letter by Cde Zhuwao and me; and the attacks by Nelson Chamisa’s supporters will not deflect our attention from the focus of our apology to Zanu PF members.

The fact is that our apology to all Zanu PF members is noticeably clear, and it stands, we mean it and we will say more about it down the line.

PG: In 2017, you narrated some events that led you to flee the country for safety.

Have you forgiven those that put your life and that of your family in danger?

JM: Healing is not an overnight experience, especially where the experience was traumatic and affected one’s children, including a minor.

But when all is said and done, the content of the character of humanity as created by God is to learn and to be able to forgive.

In reality out there, to err and to forgive are both human.

While I have not pondered the question that you have posed with my family, I am old enough, and I have seen a lot in my life, to know that existentially speaking, there is nothing in life that is not healed by time.

PG: Opposition supporters from the Citizens Coalition for Change camp have used the letter as proof of claims that you wanted to infiltrate their party ahead of 2023.

JM: Well, if that is what CCC chaps think, then it means they are functionally illiterate and do not know what infiltration means.

The infiltrators are already deep in CCC, and Nelson Chamisa himself said as much only a few days ago.

The fact is that at no time did I or Cde Zhuwao seek membership of either MDC-A or CCC, never ever; not even for a second or a minute.

So how can I seek to infiltrate something that I never sought to be part of?

The claim of Nelson Chamisa’s supporters is political madness on steroids.

If anyone wants to know anything of some political value about this, it is a matter of the public record that Zhuwao, Edmund Kudzayi and I worked with and supported Nelson Chamisa publicly and openly around the clock in his 2018 presidential election campaign.

There was no, and there will never be any, sustainable suggestion that we infiltrated Chamisa or his party in 2018.

We were actually his campaign’s reliable backbone when Tsvangirai’s MDC base deserted Chamisa; including many who are now jumping up and down, pretending to support him while gratuitously demonising us in the hope of getting retweets and likes on Twitter to grow their own personal accounts.

As far as the 2023 election campaign is concerned, I told Chamisa in writing in November 2021 that I will not campaign for him in 2023 or do anything like what I did for him in 2018; Chamisa has that information which I gave him and my reasons in November 2021. I have also said this on my Twitter handle many times before.

So, there could not have been any question of either Zhuwao or me infiltrating Nelson Chamisa or his CCC or whatever party he is going to contest the 2023 elections; because I told him directly in November that I was not going to support him in 2023.

And here is my point about this; based on working closely with Nelson Chamisa and supporting him around the clock from 2018 to 2021, I reached a truly clear conclusion that he and his noisy supporters are unhelpable and unsupportable.

That is the bottomline, everything else is irrelevant.

PG: We are almost nine months away from the 2023 general elections. Do you think the country is now prepared to hold free, fair and credible elections?

JM: No, I don’t think any rational or fair-minded person would say that the necessary political, institutional and legal imperatives to hold free, fair and credible elections are now in place for the 2023 harmonised general election due within the next nine months, the delimitation exercise is yet to be finalised and it is surrounded by lots of questions and concerns, there are still too many controversies about the availability, accessibility, reliability and credibility of the voters’ roll – this is a major concern because an election is a voters’ roll – and the fact that ZEC is doing precious little to address these and other related issues legally, transparently, efficiently and effectively; dents the country’s readiness to hold free, fair and credible elections.

PG: Do you think the Mnangagwa administration has done enough to be welcomed back into the Commonwealth?

JM: The issue is not about what the government has done or not done; nor is it about the headline news of the day.

Zimbabwe’s need to re-join the Commonwealth is a sovereign matter about the country’s national interest.

The material conditions that led Zimbabwe to withdraw from the Commonwealth in 2003 have radically changed to warrant a return in the national interest.

This fact is self-evident not only to Zimbabwe as a sovereign state, but also to the Commonwealth itself and to Britain: it’s in the mutual interests of the three parties.

In fact, Zimbabwe’s return to Commonwealth — which is now a matter of when rather than whether — will mark the normalisation of relations between Zimbabwe and the UK.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow , Wednesday, 22 March 2023, deliver the keynote address at the first day of the three-day National Conference on the Constitution which is titled Reflections And The Road Ahead.

The event will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng, under the theme “Reflections on the Constitution: Rule of law, accountability, social and economic justice”.

The conference gives the nation an opportunity to reflect and engage in dialogue on the past 25 years of the Constitution, nation building, gender equality, youth economic empowerment, service delivery and social stability, with the objective of charting a way forward that builds on the gains of democracy.

As a platform for deliberating on continuous, robust debate on the purpose and effectiveness of the Constitution, the National Conference on the Constitution intends to broaden the discourse on the Constitution and encourage members of the public to participate in the conversation on constitutionalism and the state of democracy in the country.

Some of the focus areas in the programme include:

• Transforming and building an independent and resilient judiciary;
• Transforming and growing the economy as a constitutional imperative;
• Progress on land reform: restitution and distribution;
• Governance and electoral reform;
• Effectiveness of constitutional and independent statutory bodies in strengthening
constitutional democracy.

The conference will be attended by prominent figures of South African society including academics, members of legislatures, constitutional and independent statutory bodies, mayors, political parties, youth, students, business leaders, religious leaders, representatives of the legal fraternity, traditional leaders, media and others.

The conference will be held as follows:

Date : 22-24 March 2023
Time : 08h30
Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng

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Here are the facts:

THE COCA COLA COMPANY (TCCC) acquired THE ENTIRE ISSUED SHARE CAPITAL OF CADBURY SCHWEPPES PLC resulting in the control and management of the global Schweppes businesses into TCCC value chains including Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited (SZL), a company incorporated in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe.

Mr. Brian Musekiwa, a Zimbabwean-born professional based in Texas, USA, said: “I had no idea of the SZL matter and its intersection with the SMM Holdings Private Limited (SMM) affair until I joined the Justice Under Rule of Law’s (JUROL) corporate heritage and legal literacy campaign powered by the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) of which I am a paid up member. I have followed the SZL saga with keen interest not because of the Zimbabwe angle but because TCCC is a global corporate icon and just the idea that this company was party to an extortion and corrupt deal involving the payment of $2.7 million to Chinamasa, Mnangagwa’s key 2017 coup ally, is chilling leading any person like me to want to know if there exists any causal link between the complicity of TCCC’s alleged corrupt practices and conduct in relation to the affairs of the SZL localization and upgrade program concluded with Africa Resources Limited (ARL), a private company incorporated in terms of the laws of the BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (BVI) and wholly owned by Mr. Mutumwa Mawere, a Zimbabwean born South African naturalized citizen, who Mnangagwa and Chinamasa using Messrs. Edwin Manikai and Afaras Gwaradzimba as surrogates, and the extrajudicial and the unconscionable theft of the control and management of SZL and other juristic entities using an unprecedented draconian and barbaric law called the Reconstruction of State-Indebted Insolvent Companies Act that was authored by Mnangagwa to bridge him to state power.”

Mr. Cornwell Mutetwa, a Zimbabwean businesan said: “I naively thought that the reconstruction project was solely premised on the affairs of SMM as a company and not on the person of Mawere and his alleged interests in companies like SZL.

I am pleased that Mr. Mucha Mugore, a member of BOAF-JUROL, inspired by findings in his MBA dissertation research on how public power was abused in expropriating Mawere’s relationships with not only SMM but many separate and distinct juristic entities, provoked in a whatsapp group that the record of this sad chapter in the corporate history of Zimbabwe must be corrected preferably in form of a memoir written by Mawere.

I was encouraged and remain so that I have flins myself being part of this noble project that has enabled me to interface with Mr. Mawere who has generously downloaded critical information that hitherto has not been in the public domain. I had no idea that Coca Cola Holdings Netherlands (CCHN) was directly and indirectly involved in the affairs of SZL until I read this:

Having understood that it was the Zimbabwe Competition and Tariffs Commission (TCTC) was weaponized to have jurisdiction beyond its mandate to regulate competition issues to become relevant in prescribing localization matters, I began to understand that under the late Mugabe’s watch the governance system was already broken.

My memory was then provoked to appreciate why the former Minister of Indigenization, Hon Kasukuwere, had a hand in the SZL matter and used his public office to cause ZCTC to require as a condition for approving that the control and management of SZL be divested and deprived from TCCC using public power.

It is against this background that the extortion inherent in the extract below from a meeting between SZL’s then SA-based legal counsel, an employee of Coca Cola South Africa Pty Limited, a private company incorporated in terms of the laws of SA, can properly be understood:

It was made clear to CCSA that unless a payment of $2.7 million was paid to the order of Fidelity Life Asset Management (FLAM) and SMM under Chinamasa’s control through his appointee, Gwaradzimba, the ARL purchased equipment imported from Europe and delivered to SZL as part of the upgrade project, would not be released to an SZL controlled by CCSA until a ransom amount of $2.7 million was paid to the order of Chinamasa.

On the advise of Gwaradzimba whose relationship with SMM was a consequence of a decree and an order issued by Chinamasa with no judicial involvement, CCSA according to Mr. Mokwena, in his capacity as the legal counsel of both SZL and CCSA, was advised by Gwaradzimba and accepted his advise to part with a bribery of $2.7 in million to cause Chinamasa to exercise public power to issue a notice removing SZL from the purported and unlawful and invalid control by Gwaradzimba using the order issued by Chinamasa in relation to SMM affairs only.

It is chilling that Chinamasa used public power to issue a notice dates 26 January 2006 and through his appointee was rewarded with a secret gift of $2.7 million to the prejudice of ARL and its sole shareholder, Mr. Mawere.”

Mr. Peter Makoni, an attorney and a member of BOAF-JUROL, said: “I have had the opportunity to read and understand the sequence of events leading to the confiscation of equipment acquired by ARL using the personal agency of Mr. Mawere as set out below:

It is clear from the fax above that neither FLAM nor SMM under reconstruction were involved in the SZL matter as promoters and sponsors to permit any lawful payment of a bribe of $2.7 million to Chinamasa using cronies like Gwaradzimba and Manikai.

Having concluded that Chinamasa was unjustly enriched to the tune of $2.7 million based on fraudulent representation that the $2.7 million that ARL, a company whose affairs fell outside the jurisdiction of Zimbabwe and, therefore Chinamasa and his surrogates, in exchange for a government gazette to divest and deprive ARL of the control and management of the upgrade equipment that was conveyed by Petter Trading Pty Limited as ARL’s agent, received pocket money to be used for ulterior motives in the amount of $2.7 million from CCSA.

It would please anyone interested in building a future of not only Zimbabwe but Africa that is characterized by the respect of the rule of law to take notice of the documents in the flipbook below:”

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