Desperate for Attention, Moyo “Advises” Tsvangirai

Deposed information minister and political turncoat Jonathan Moyo is out courting ire of Zimbabweans again. This time, he used a long diatribe titled Beyond Budiriro in which assumes a lofty position of wisdom and attempts to dish advice to the MDC. Roundly castigated for his oppressive role in crafting AIPPA (Zimbabwe’s unliked media regulation law), Moyo, now Zimbabwe’s lone independent parliamenterian is seemingly desperate to rejuvinate his political career.

In the piece, Moyo asserts among other things that Tsvangirai is myopically obsessed with the idea of asserting his faction of the MDC as the “real MDC.” In so doing Moyo counters, Tsvangirayi is foolishing extrapolating his popularity within the MDC to reach across to all other Zimbabweans. Like the long slumbering Rip Van Winkel, Moyo seems oblivious to what has been going on around him; Tsvangirayi has been going around the country courting all Zimbabweans to respond to a national agenda for progress and the end of tyranny. This idea that his travels are intended solely for flexing his political muscle is far fetched at best.

Building on the fallacy that Tsvangirayi is operating from the throes of self aggrandizing ambition, Moyo “challenges” Tsvangirai to pursue the building of a “coalition of the willing” of sorts. It is clear Moyo writes from the deluded assumption that politics in Zimbabwe remains an esoteric confine accesible and malleable only to the elite and the educated. Alas, those days are long gone in Zimbabwe. Fortunately, the new generation of politicians on the rise in Zimbabwe (which include Tsvangirayi and Mutambara but not Moyo) have latched onto this already. This is why they are travelling so extensively and are reaching out to ordinary Zimbabweans.

I’ve always said that at end of the day, the party that most expressly reflects the will of lay Zimbabweans is the party of the future. Call it simplistic if you will, it’s something lite years away from anything ZANU-PF is capable of so their future is firmly secured in annals of history and in oblivion.

Stanford Mukasa, a journalism professor in the US responds to the Moyo piece in this “rejoinder.” In his piece, Mukasa sheds light on Moyo’s propensity for pitching “coalition politics” to the MDC;

Moyo’s true colors in writing his lengthy article is to argue for what he calls a new united front. Isn’t this what Moyo tried to form not long ago – the United Peoples Movement? He did not get far and to this day the UPM appears to exist only on paper. And the same Moyo who dismally failed to form such a united front that he is proselytizing on MDC has the audacity to attack the MDC for failure to do so?

Moyo is opportunistically seeking to do vicariously through MDC what he failed to achieve in reality. Be sure to read the interesting discussion in the comments of that post.

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