No need to fear — Moyo

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Zanu PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo yesterday said calls by party members for President Robert Mugabe to go were innocent and harmless and there was no need for them to fear.

Moyo went on to defend why Zanu PF bigwigs told US diplomats President Mugabe must go in his weekly column in the State-owned Sunday Mail, saying there was no reason for them to fear anything.

“One WikiLeaks story confirms the previously known thoughts and frustrations of individuals, particularly, but not only high-profile personalities, about President Mugabe’s succession under the banner of leadership change while the other story reveals the diabolic content and extent of US regime-change policy in Zimbabwe which has been based on discreetly sponsoring and publicly covering up MDC violence whose record over the years is revealed by WikiLeaks.

“This is why only Zanu PF interlocutors in the US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks can afford with clear consciences to come clean and admit the conversations they held with American diplomats since they have nothing to hide except the innocent and harmless truth and nothing to fear except fear itself.”

Moyo said it was not a crime to seek leadership change in the former ruling party or the government and telling that to anyone who is in the country legally with the blessing of the State.
“It is not a crime at all because it’s just a thought and we don’t have thought crimes in Zimbabwean laws,” Moyo wrote.

In the column, Moyo attacked the independent Press for its coverage of the cables that have exposed him and other senior Zanu PF officials, including Vice Presidents Joice Mujuru and John Nkomo, who are keen to see President Mugabe handing over power.

Moyo last week said Zanu PF officials quoted in the cables should not deny the obvious, but should come out in the open and admit to their words.

Senior party officials, including Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, Mashonaland East governor Aeneas Chigwedere and Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono among others, had clandestine meetings with US envoys where they revealed sensitive matters about President Mugabe’s health and the state of the former ruling party.

Last week, the Zanu PF politburo skirted the WikiLeaks issue reportedly fearing a backlash that has the potential to split the fractured party.