December 11 2017 – DEPENDING on which side of the political divide,one is outgoing Zimbabwean ambassador Isaac Moyo’s departure from one of the country’s key industries has provoked mixed sentiments, as what has become typical in Zimbabwean politics.
Reacting to Moyo’s departure from Pretoria, representatives of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF in SA said Moyo’s tenure in Pretoria was characterised with “economic engagement” and sourcing investment for Harare’s ailing economy.
“Ambassador Moyo had the revival of the economy of Zimbabwe and empowerment of Zimbabweans uppermost in his mind. He played critical roles in motivating and encouraging Zimbabweans and South Africans to venture into business partnerships with the ultimate aim of investing in Zimbabwe,” says SA Zanu PF spokesperson Kennedy Mandaza.
“As Zanu PF in South Africa, we are elated and excited with the redeployment of ambassador Moyo as the director general of the Central Intelligence Organisation in Zimbabwe. To us, his re-deployment comes as no surprise because his curriculum vitae speaks volumes of his experience in the security intelligence space, having worked at the African Union as an executive secretary of [the]security and intelligence department.
“After being assigned as ambassador to South Africa, ambassador Moyo exhibited his ability to put Zimbabwe, and Zimbabweans in general, in their rightful place in regional and continental diplomatic discourse,” he says about Moyo has been re-deployed back to Harare in the position of director general of the CIO with immediate effect.
Moyo, who was also serving as Zimbabwe’s envoy to neighbouring Lesotho, takes over from retired Maj-Gen Happyton Bonyongwe, who was recently appointed as Zimbabwe’s justice, legal, and parliamentary affairs minister by Mugabe in his last days in office.
Bonyongwe has since lost the position following Mnangagwa’s inauguration as president.
But Zimbabwean lobby group #Tajamuka spokesman in SA Shelton Chiyangwa said he hoped Mnangagwa would appointed “a people’s person” as the next ambassador.
“There isn’t really much that he did in addressing issues affecting the Zimbabwean community in South Africa,” claims Chiyangwa.
“We petitioned him several times to a round table so we can discuss issues affecting us as well as the misrule in Zimbabwe, but it was clear that he was pleasing his masters and refused to give us an audience,” said Chiyangwa, who is also chairperson of Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change-T South Africa Youth Assembly.
Chiyangwa said the next ambassador should be “non-aligned to any political party but fair in executing their duties”. – ANA