INFORMATION minister Jonathan Moyo yesterday continued his ministerial duties as usual despite his weekend tongue-lashing by President Robert Mugabe over allegations of fanning factionalism and divisions in Zanu PF.
Moyo, who has remained mum over Mugabe’s vitriolic attack, yesterday toured tobacco cigarette producer British American Tobacco (BAT) despite mounting speculation that he could soon be relieved of his Cabinet post.
On three successive occasions last week, Mugabe lashed out at Moyo, describing him as “a weevil” and a divisive element bent on destroying the party from within.
The veteran Zanu PF leader threatened to weed out “weevils” from the party and government.
Zanu PF national secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa later rubbed in salt on Moyo’s injuries when he told party youths in Manicaland that Moyo and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa were divisive elements.
But Moyo, who has a packed programme this week, has continued to carry out his duties apparently undeterred by the speculation and is today expected to address a media workshop in Kadoma before touring Green Fuels’ Chisumbanje ethanol project tomorrow.
BAT managing director Lovemore Manatsa said the company invited Moyo as part of its engagement programme to prove to government that BAT was not divesting out of Zimbabwe.
“That was the basis of engaging the minister, to ensure that stakeholders appreciate what we are doing. We are not divesting anywhere,” Manatsa said.
In 2005, the former Tsholotsho North MP was stripped of his ministerial and politburo posts after he refused to let his parliamentary seat be contested by a female Zanu PF candidate.