Jonathan Moyo, Tendai Savanhu in near blows at airport

TWO Zanu PF ministers — Jonathan Moyo (Informational, Media and Broadcasting Services) and Tendai Savanhu (Lands and Rural Resettlement deputy minister) — nearly traded blows after they allegedly clashed along factional lines while receiving President Robert Mugabe at the Harare International Airport last Sunday.

STAFF REPORTER

Party insiders said the two Zanu PF politburo members haggled over an undisclosed matter for some minutes before Environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere intervened and cooled down the tempers.

Moyo and Savanhu were among top government officials who braved the early morning chill to receive Mugabe who was coming home from a week-long business trip to China.

Savanhu yesterday played down the alleged tiff, saying: “It was a gentlemen’s talk. I was just advising him that the airport was not the best forum to discuss party business. We agreed and even shook hands the time we parted.

“It’s not true that we nearly fought. How could that happen at such a high security zone and in the presence of President Mugabe? People are simply blowing issues out of proportion.”

Savanhu, however, could not disclose the subject of their discussion.

Moyo could not be reached for comment.

But party insiders insisted the heated debate could have turned into an ugly scene had Kasukuwere not intervened and separated them.

The alleged nasty exchanges occurred in the presence of Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao.

The sources said Savanhu could have been angered by the negative publicity he has lately been receiving in the State media headed by Moyo where he was allegedly portrayed as working with Harare provincial chairperson Amos Midzi to block First Lady Grace Mugabe’s political ascendancy.

As if to give credence to the allegations, Mugabe launched a tirade against the party’s Harare provincial leadership, accusing them of attempting to push his wife out of the capital.

“The two ministers seemed to have been arguing over a certain party-related matter before Savanhu threateningly charged towards Moyo,” a Zanu PF source, who declined to be named, said.

Both Savanhu and Moyo are believed to belong to rival factions fighting to succeed Mugabe.

Savanhu is said to be a member of a faction fronted by Vice-President Joice Mujuru while Moyo is reportedly linked to a rival faction led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Of late, members of the two factions have been publicly slugging it out against each other, a development which prompted Mugabe to call an urgent Politburo meeting last Wednesday to cool down the tempers ahead of the party’s elective congress in December.

At the politburo meeting, Savanhu reportedly challenged Moyo, Kasukuwere and Zhuwawo to play a video recording that the trio had allegedly claimed to have which Mujuru allegedly said Mugabe was too old and no longer fit to lead the party.

After the no-holds-barred meeting, Mugabe pleaded for unity among party members and ordered Moyo to desist from exerting his influence on the media to fan divisions.

Several top officials linked to the Mujuru camp, among them party administration secretary Didymus Mutasa, have over the past weeks been receiving savage attacks in the State media where they were accused of fanning factionalism and divisions.

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23 Comments

  1. Even if they try to cover the truth we know it. The majority of Zimbabwe we are saying Mugabe is now too old to be the President. We definitely need a young person with fresh minds. One day they shall fight it is a matter of time.

  2. that’s an act of violence in our party.These violent members should belong to MDC T in ZANU PF we don’t have such type of members Look this act of violence is a brain child of MDC and now it is finding is way in our good party ZANU PF. Pasi na Tsvangirai because is seed violence is now germinating in our party.

    1. bingo wokwa Gutu

      What violence is greater than that of killing 20,000 plus civilians and denying their relatives to give them a decent burial more than 20 years after brutally orchestrating their murder? To the best of my knowledge the MDC was not in existence when this occurred. A national president who rightly claims to have degrees in violence! What cruelty for one to leave a mortally sick wife to go and sleep with their subordinate, a secretary who happens to be someone’s wife at the time. Mugabe is the devil incarnate. Do you recall that he had reporters arrested for correctly reporting that he had a child with his concubine secretary? Now we all know it was true yet Mugabe persecuted them anyway, fully aware that they were telling the truth. Mugabe wenyu unoreva nhema big time and he has reached a point of believing his own lies.

    2. bingo wokwa Gutu

      https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014/09/08/zanu-pf-mp-matambanadzo-charged-assault/

      KWEKWE Central MP Masango Matambanadzo (Zanu PF) on Saturday appeared before provincial magistrate Letwin Rwodzi facing a fresh charge of beating up fellow party member Marco Msipa and leaving him hospitalised last month. His bodyguard Beden Mawire had earlier on been charged over the same offence and remanded to September 16. Matambanadzo recently appeared at the same court charged with assaulting Gokwe Kana legislator Owen Ncube (Zanu PF). In the latest case, the State alleged that on August 10 this year Matambanadzo and Mawire met Msipa at Blood Spot Shop in Amaveni and assaulted him after labeling him an ally of Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

  3. This practice of going to the airport “to receive” Mugabe from overseas trips is very primitive, childish, unAfrican, patronising to the blind party faithful and totally unnecessary. This practice only goes to show how primitive this ZanuPF regime is. Mugabe alights from the plane, shakes the hands of the party faithful and then they all go their separate ways. What is the point besides wasting petrol funded by the taxpayer? And the red carpet is laid on the tarmac every time Mugabe comes back from his never-ending trips abroad! I do not think the blind party faithful who go to the airport all the time enjoy it.

    1. Yiou are very right! I find it fiunny too. hy should growm men and women “brave the chilly weather” just to receive someone from the airport? Shuwa mai nevana vakarara kuti ndakuenda kootambira mumwe murume? Zvigobatsirei?

      1. Kutambira mumwe murume wandipedza kkk

  4. Chipfukuto (weevil), “Moyo” VS true ZANU PF cadre (Savanhu). Ko gamatox yakapera here?

  5. Dekepekepe is very new&overzealous in ZANU PF. He thinks his stupid verbal attacks on MT will make him a revolutionary. MDC T has absolutely nothing to do with the violence in ZANU PF.
    ZANU ndeyeropa & there can never be any bloodshed without violence.Even president Mugabe himself,loudly boasted of degrees of violence well before MDC T was ever born.Dekepekepe needs to be educated lest he does not even know why he supports ZANU PF. Does he even know the party ZANU PF itself??

  6. bingo wokwa Gutu

    Monadjem A. and David K. G. (2005). Nesting distribution of vultures in relation to land use in Swaziland. Biodiversity and Conservation 14: 2079–2093.

  7. Dai vakarwa mhani takaona kuti mukuru ndiani

  8. bingo wokwa Gutu

    https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014/09/08/zanu-pf-mp-matambanadzo-charged-assault/

    KWEKWE Central MP Masango Matambanadzo (Zanu PF) on Saturday appeared before provincial magistrate Letwin Rwodzi facing a fresh charge of beating up fellow party member Marco Msipa and leaving him hospitalised last month. His bodyguard Beden Mawire had earlier on been charged over the same offence and remanded to September 16. Matambanadzo recently appeared at the same court charged with assaulting Gokwe Kana legislator Owen Ncube (Zanu PF). In the latest case, the State alleged that on August 10 this year Matambanadzo and Mawire met Msipa at Blood Spot Shop in Amaveni and assaulted him after labeling him an ally of Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

  9. Is 90years not too old? Saka video yaMai Mujuru yacho yavavei? Imi pamuri ipapo vamwe vamunoziva vane 90years VESE varikupi izvezvi? Panewamunoziva achiri kumukira? Ini handimboone kuti chinogumbura pakunzi achembera chii. Ko hana here?

  10. Heyi ! pakashaika isu vana Tinhadzigwe, tai dai takatoumba mazamu anamai hedu!

  11. Dekepekepe you don’t belong to the global village.You are very backward.You think dictatorship is productive.You think you are empowered in a fleamarket city where industry has closed.

  12. the psychoticssanaanalyst

    don’t be found a fool people are well united there in zanu as mutsvangwa and mutasa, one havin more ancient perspective than the other’s more modern one.
    question is how to say which one knows ‘it is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing’…of patriotism….!!

  13. Savanhu is the one who is violent yaakadzidzira kuMbare were is spends most of his time fellow party memebrs and the opposition. Who does not know that Savanhu is the mastermind of violence mumbare. He is uncivilised, brutish and an outright idiot. no wonder why he belongs to Mujuru faction which is full of idiots and lack strategy. Gore rino vamama, election at Congress are going to be done through secret ballot. They thought they can have Chairmen favourable to them and do the endorsement. They had no Plan B and now, hey these hoodlums. Why did Mnangagwa not challenge them that much because is a shrewd schemer par excellence and he let the hoodlums to make the noise and celebrate their pyrrich victory. We shall see who can rule this country through this politics powergames

    1. It takes an idiot to know one. I could make a lot of corrections from your post, but I do not have time for rubbish. Next time you want to post something, get a dictionary please.

  14. Tindo from high skool was well known for his fighting skills. the professor’s head would he been beaten to pulp. Tindo rova weevil mhen

  15. Weevil vs Chipangano, kunzima!

  16. ngwena pa december ingovaisira formular ye Nicuv

  17. Bob Step down Please

    I Joyce ‘CHOPPER DOWNER’ Mujuru’s time is up,she must step down as well as Gabriel.She is useless in more ways than one,she wasted her chances of taking over from Gushungo,she should have persuaded Robert to step down long time ago,she does have balls to challenge this Zpf god so she must keep her big mouth shut.People should not under estimate the power of Grace.Mai Bona is on her way to the top,come next general election.In my opinion,the packing order after the December Congress will be like as follows,Opah ‘SSS’ Muchinguri 2nd VP,[triple S,stands for,Single & Still Searching ].Khaya Moyo vice president,Robert will remain at the helm but doing absolutely nothing.Emerson ‘Crocodile’ Munangagwa will patiently wait for the day the old Gabriel will heed the call from the masses to step aside,or join his ancestors in hell or heaven,l’m quite sure where they are.Ngwena is going to be the next president of Zimbabwe takatarisa.And don’t expect anything new he is also clueless just like the big boss,chanoziva ibhora rembabvu.

  18. The fact that grown men (varume vakuru vane ndebvu) and grown women can wake up and brave the chilly weather to go greet some leader returning from a trip!!!!! Gyrating and ululating like confused cockroaches. That ladies and gentlemen is what’s wrong with this damn country. Businesses are FORCED to display the picture of el duche just to remind Zimbos as to who exactly has been the sole architect of their misery. Shame maningi stereki

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