Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo has reportedly attacked party youths for leaking vital party information to the private media, especially NewsDay.
Addressing senior Zanu PF leaders from Matabeleland at Elangeni Training Centre in Bulawayo, Moyo reportedly threatened to search for recorders from youths each time they had important meetings.
The meeting was also attended by party youth leaders from the three Matabeleland provinces.
But, Moyo yesterday denied the allegations saying he was “too senior to do that”.
“I do not behave like a madman, I do not go around accusing people. The allegations have been made by spooks and ghosts. I am too senior to do that, there is no such thing,” he said.
However, a senior party official said: “Soon after asking journalists who had come to cover the function to leave the hall, Moyo attacked the youths for leaking party information to the private media.
“He made particular reference to a story carried in NewsDay about Bulawayo provincial chairman Isaac Dakamela being in trouble over failure to block the auction of farming implements that had been lying idle in the city.”
In the first meeting at the same venue, Moyo castigated Dakamela for failure to execute his instructions to block the auction to settle debts owed by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to the supplying company.
Moyo reportedly said it was agreed that the matters discussed in that meeting were internal, but was shocked to see NewsDay carrying the story the following day.
“He accused the youths of receiving money from the Western-sponsored private media and pursuing a regime change agenda by leaking information about the goings-on within the party,” said the senior party member.
“He said he was convinced that it was the youth. The youths started off laughing, but after Moyo persisted, they realised that he was not joking.
Moyo then threatened that should anything discussed in Sunday’s meeting be published in the private media, searches for recording material would be conducted on the youths because the story about Dakamela was word for word and comma for comma with what had been said in the meeting.”