Jonathan Moyo defends Chamisa

Self-Exiled former Zanu PF politburo member and Cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo has defended MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa’s performance during a recent BBC current affairs programme, HARDtalk, saying the opposition leader did his best given that most of the questions thrown at him were “inane”.

By Tinotenda Munyukwi

During his recent visit to the United Kingdom, Chamisa had a steamy 30-minute interview with the British public service broadcaster’s Stephen Sackur on the hard-hitting current affairs programme.

Consequently, some Chamisa loyalists were quick to describe the interview as “embedded journalism” based on the personal sentiments that Sackur uttered in which he described Chamisa’s electoral promises as “silly” and equated them to the fictitious novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll.

Over the weekend, Moyo who has always blamed Britain for clandestinely conspiring with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to consolidate his grip on “illegitimate” power, suggested on his Twitter handle that the interview was a lucid exhibition of the fishy relationship between the former colonial master and the current administration.
“(British ambassador) Catriona Laing’s role in the November 15 coup and UK government’s hurry to recognise the coup government are well-documented, but yet to be fully told. Meanwhile, the chips have begun to fall into place and Sackur’s inane BBC HARDtalk with Nelson Chamisa is a telling case in point,” Moyo said.

Moyo went on to draw parallels between this year’s looming elections and the maiden 1980 elections in which Britain was also blamed for trying to undermine Robert Mugabe’s populist influence in favour of the then incumbent Abel Muzorewa and he warned that such practices will end in shame.

“After Stephen Sackur’s crass BBC HARDtalk with Nelson Chamisa, there is growing chatter (that) Catriona Laing is behaving more like Junta PF’s (Zanu PF) commissar to Britain than UK’s ambassador to Zimbabwe. They’ve forgotten how such support for incumbent Muzorewa in 1980 ended in UK shame,” Moyo warned.

Chamisa’s interview on BBC continues to receive mixed reactions on social media with MDC-T activist and former broadcaster Eric Knight, saying: “It seeks to expose and because of that, it thrives on two facets namely, “extensive research and the iron-fistedness’ of the presenter.”

“Don’t forget it is the same programme that Pakistan President Musharaff reminded the host that ‘I am President’, the same programme that (Kenya opposition leader Raila) Odinga went quiet in front of the cameras and the same programme in which Hilary Clinton became violent,” Knight posted on Facebook.

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  1. Jackson Mukore

    The interview wasn’t “steamy”

    That word means something else altogether. Guys, please be serious. You’re supposed to be journalists and decent writers.

  2. Your Name (required):Chapwiti

    Yes, i agree with you Mukore,that wasn’t but smooth and brain shaping.

  3. Your Name (required):Chapwiti

    Chakanaka chakanaka mukaka haurungwi munyu.


  5. In Zimbabwe, there are a few things that are more ominous than receiving support from Jonathan Moyo. It is high time Chamisa checked his political pulse rate because Moyo has a well documented history of supporting people who end up failing dismally. Cases in point being the 2004 Tsholotsho declaration and the most recent ill-fated Grace Mugabe presidential campaign! Too much for coincidence!

  6. Jonathan Moyo, of all the people defending Chamisa? Sure grapes are sour.

  7. I am in the dark. Is Moyo really defending Chamisa’s performance during the interview or furthering his longstanding rivalry with his nemesis, Mnangagwa and expressing the G40’s long-held view on their perceived enemy – the West? Resentment over their dismissal dominate his opinion. Let us not misrepresent facts here from an overview.

    1. You beat me to it. Some journalists like choosing inflammatory headlines to attract readers. Moyo did not defend Chamisa as much as he gripped about favouritism by the British for Mnangagwa. A more accurate headline might have been ‘Moyo accuses British of supporting Mnangagwa.” But that the paper chose to opt for Chamisa’s name in its heading also reflects the attention he is currently enjoying, at home and abroad.

  8. What if Jona is a Junta project, just thinking

    1. your imaginations borders on hallucinating

  9. This is Jonathan’s view which is accepted in a free and democratic society. Just like you Hameno, you are also free to hallucinate.

  10. Chamisa simply served up, at best, a mediocre performance. It seemed to me that he had been given sound bites to try to inject wherever possible and the result bordered on disastrous. I watched the whole interview and came away with the opinion that Mr Chamisa has a lot to do when it comes to handling the international media. In fact, he would actually do well to examine footage of past Mugabe interviews, and those of his recently departed predecessor as head of the MDC and try to learn from them.

    I feel that most outsiders with little or no knowledge of Zim politics would have watched that interview and come away from thinking that Mr Chamisa is totally unsuitable as a head of state. He struck me as robotic and incapable of thinking on the fly. This, of course, is not to say that he would be a poor leader should he prevail in the upcoming elections; some people are simply not cut out for interviews though they may be good at administration, but, going on this toe curling and lamentable performance, he does not inspire much confidence.

    1. handling international media like u frank talk, u are the guru, its a shame zanu broadcastin actually screened that, inomakisa zanu kuda ku diverter attention, toda ma electoral reforms, zve interview hatineyi nazvo izvo, takarasima ne interview, kuti tiudzei acha printer ballot paper hamudi, busy ku screener zvisina kukosha

    2. Being able speak words alone is not the only prerequisite to be a leader. Using Mugabe as the yardstick is nonsensical since he had 38yrs to destroy an entire country through bad policies as well as create a corrupt patronage system that only compounded the problems created by his terrible policies. Chamisa answered every question adequately and showed his mettle. Mugabe was simply a good orator, bereft of ideas to take the country forward into modernity, his fluency in English did not translate into a leader with vision beyond the liberation struggle.

  11. If only it was possible to see an ED interview under the same circumstances of questioning, I’m sure we’d all get to see the real disaster performance

  12. As far as I am concerned ,people talk,let’s wait and see what the future holds for us come election time that is if we are to call it free and fair

  13. Comment…Jonathan Moyo’s ideas long seized to be newsworthy in the BC’s when he temporarily concurred with the late UZ intellectual pace setters, Masipula Sithole and John Makumbe,

    1. You dismiss him at your own peril

  14. hardtalk is a personal platform for the blood sukker or …it is never an interview by a debate between the interviewee and sugker…pathetic ..

  15. simbarashe f kurewa

    Zim politics is crazy. Chamisa has good leadership qualities but during that interview he failed to answer critical questions thats why he was forced to lie. I’m tired if this.

  16. simbarashe f kurewa

    ummm hardtalk is hard boys rangu musanyeperwe.

  17. Why did he go there in the first place, this boy 7s over excited.

  18. ummmm ndakatya nazvo ini. boys iri ngarofome inclusive gvt chete case closed

  19. chamisa iyeye ndiye watirikuda

  20. Patrick Guramatunhu

    Jonathan Moyo has an axe to grind with the British and after a life time of chaining out nonsense and blaming everyone, particularly the West and the British, for Zanu PF’s failures it is not surprising that Moyo is still at it. He is just being “inane” himself by defending Chamisa’s silly remarks.

    Of course, it is silly to suggest one can run an 800 km/hr bullet train on Zimbabwe’s dilapidated railway network!

    The root cause of Zimbabwe’s cash shortages is the country’s collapse industries and economic base and it is foolish to claim that MDC will solve these problems within weeks of getting into power.

    Many Zimbabweans have welcomed last November’s coup for getting rid of Mugabe and his spin doctors like Moyo; the nation was sick and tired of that lot. Now we have to figure a way of getting rid of ED and his junta!

  21. Cherozvazvaita

    The fact that people are obsessed about having a complete change of the system should not be an excuse for aplauding nonsense. It is the same problem the people in the Mugabe era had. Because he had vast eloquence people would just ullulate and clap hands even when he spoke rubbish. Learn to at least concede even when a favourite blunders. Nero disowned his own statement about 15 billion….what was that? He knew he could not justify it.It is the same way he will disown all his campaigning lies when he finally gets in power. But anyway a change of the whole system in now a necessity than a change without a change.

  22. It was Suckker who looked a mediocre because he was in the presence of the Great Young Chamisa the trail Blazer who met every question head on. Poor Jonathan sneaking into the limelight in the shadow of Chamisa.

  23. Lying never impress me, it doesn’t matter how straight faced one is, a lie will always be a lie. Simple calculations of current bullet train speeds are not worth lying about or defending, just admit your mistake and correct it. Have respect for other people not everyone is as dunce as you might think, no train travels at the speed of an airplane, 35mins from BYO to HRE????

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