Zanu PF politburo member and former Information minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday received a lynching from politicians and analysts over his latest undiplomatic salvo against South African President Jacob Zuma.
Moyo brutally attacked Zuma, the facilitator to the Zimbabwean crisis and his team, in an opinion piece published in the State media yesterday. He equated the team to a bunch of nauseating, hopeless and cantankerous puppets.
Hardly 48 hours earlier, Moyo had thrown away all diplomatic etiquette to take a dig at South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Vusi Mavimbela, accusing him of being undiplomatic.
Moyos latest outbursts came as Zumas facilitation team, led by his special advisor Lindiwe Zulu, is expected in Harare today to facilitate negotiations over outstanding issues stalling the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement.
Contacted for comment yesterday, Zulu sounded unmoved by Moyos utterances saying her team would remain resolute to achieve its mandate.
I have said it time and again. We will not be distracted from our mandate. We have the responsibility to ensure that all outstanding issues in the GPA are resolved before the elections as directed by our principal President Zuma who is also directed by Sadc. Anything else, we will not comment, said Zulu.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirais spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka described Moyo as a misguided Zanu PF activist yearning for recognition from his superiors.
Political analyst Ibbo Mandaza said Moyos outbursts would not affect the relationship between Harare and Pretoria as he was known for springing such surprises to seek attention.
Although Zanu PF national spokesperson Rugare Gumbo was unavailable for comment, he is on record as saying Moyos views were not representative of the party position.
Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa also declined to comment saying: We can only deal with you where we can, when we cant, please bear with us.
MDC secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said Moyo suffered from irrelevance.
It is a painful disease particularly to someone with a huge ego like Moyo. That is why he is rambling.
Luckily, no one will take him seriously. He is like a dog that is barking at a runaway car, Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.
MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi concurred. He said Zanu PF was taking too long to keep its dogs on leash.
Its unfortunate that Zanu PF is allowing political opportunists to single-handedly interfere and disrupt regional initiatives.
The statements by Moyo are foolish and irresponsible. He is seeking limelight through those foolish and disregarding statements.
Zimbabweans should not take him seriously as he belongs to the political dustbin, said Chihwayi. In his long and winding opinion piece published yesterday, the Tsholotsho North MP accused Zumas facilitation of misinterpreting the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and spearheading a regime change agenda on behalf of the West.
. . . in very clear and now nauseating demonstration of its selective interpretation and application of the GPA, President Zumas facilitation team used cantankerous Lindiwe Zulu after the Luanda Summit to claim that Sadc will not allow an election (in Zimbabwe) to happen before security sector realignment, wrote Moyo.
Moyo said many Zimbabweans were beginning to realise that the facilitation team was being used as a proxy to destabilise Zimbabwe because the reforms the team is pushing in Zimbabwe were not even needed in white dominated South Africa.
It is false and absurd for anyone to claim that the treacherous idea of security sector realignment is not a creation of externals but is in the GPA, wrote Moyo.
Moyo added: That is absolute nonsense because that idea is not only a telling example of the terrible selective interpretation of the GPA by President Zumas facilitation team, but is also indeed a creation of externals like the hopeless Lindiwe Zulu and other puppets of regime change who like her have been regurgitating American and European rubbish against Zimbabwe.