Self-exiled former ZANU PF Politburo member and cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo denied claims by Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) supporters that he had infiltrated the opposition party ahead of general elections scheduled for 2023.
Speaking in an interview with The Standard, Moyo said he, and another self-exiled former senior ZANU PF official, Patrick Zhuwao, never sought to join the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance or its successor, CCC.
Moyo claimed that he supported Chamisa “around the clock from 2018 to 2021” but his efforts were not appreciated and he came to the conclusion that the opposition leader and his supporters “are unhelpable and unsupportable”. Said Moyo:
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 in 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, a 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 in 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 bottom line, everything else is irrelevant.
Asked if Zimbabwe is prepared to hold free, fair and credible elections in 2023, Moyo responded:
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.