June 29 2017 – THOUGH it was no surprise, there have been mixed feeling over SA based former Zimbabwean cabinet minister, Nkosana Moyo ‘s announcement today that he will be running for president in next year’s elections.
Moyo, Zimbabwe’s former industry and international trade minister at the turn of the millennium, told journalists at a press conference at a hotel in the capital Harare Thursday that he had heeded calls by Zimbabweans that he should run for the presidency.
“I must heed the call to run for President of Zimbabwe, a call from diverse Zimbabweans,” said Moyo, who will be the leader of his party, the Alliance for the People’s Agenda.
But SA based activist now turned politician Daniel Molokele says who will be running for Hwange on a MDC T ticket says : “It is with deep sense of sadness and disappointment that I receive the launch of APA. Yes, Dr Moyo has every right to form a new party, in fact any Zimbabwean but what value will it bring to the bigger picture? Absolutely nothing,”
But one Zimbabwean on social media says:”How can you launch a political party in a five star hotel not a stadium? While another said with about 50 opposition political parties, “each Zimbabwean family would end having its own opposition political party.”
Another SA based Zimbabwean dismissed some of the criticism describing it as “Big brother attitude from the current failed opposition parties”
Interestingly the ruling Zanu-PF, although having its own i factions, has largely remained one strong unified unit.
Cape Town based former MP for MDC T in Silobela Arnold Sululu, says he thinks only two strong political parties and a few independent are enough for Zimbabwe .
“He may the game changer, only God knows? However I am against the formation of more political parties. We have more than 40 and for a small country like Zimbabwe, thats ridiculous,” says Sululu emphasising that he was speaking in his personal capacity.
The former minister, who served the shortest stint in Zimbabwe’s cabinet history after serving for 10 months only, said he hoped to capture an electorate that is “disillusioned with current parties” and to mobilise support from those who had given up on voting.
“When you look at the data on voter turnout, you will realise that Zimbabweans who vote are less than those who are not persuaded, that is worth their while . . . if the options remain the same, the majority of Zimbabweans who have found these options unattractive in the past will stay away as before,” he says.
Moyo denied ever being a member of the ruling Zanu PF party, though he was once a cabinet minister, he had remained independent.
“I have never been a part of Zanu PF and so let it be clear, I’m not a Zanu PF project. I left government because they were doing things wrong,” he says amid accusations from some quarters that he is a ruling party project to create confusion amongst opposition parties.
An economist, Moyo expressed his doubt from cast doubt on going into coalitions, saying they may not work. “If I take a litre of petrol and a litre of water, I may end up with something that is unusable.”
Moyo surprised all when he deserted his post in May 2001 after serving in Mugabe’s cabinet for only 10 months, after which he resigned by fax from South Africa, where he had retreated. – ANA additional reporting www.ZimsInSA.com