Prof Moyo Takes Every Fight To Twitter

Whether its embarrassing Social media or embracing it, the Political Science minister who recently made a bang as he joined the micro blogging site may be taking every unnecessary detail to the platform.

By Tongai Mwenje

The other side of the learned professor has only been revealed online from exchanging cursing words, to a no holds barred talk, the minister has attracted so much new attention online as he shows the other side of Moyo, behind the keyboard!

Personally i think the professor has exchanged sharp words and insults with many people than he shook hands with at Zanupf Rallies.

He made headlines when he directly insulted the South African governor and made a twitter war which both parties refused to climb down

Renowned, veteran journalist and owner of AMH, Mr Terevor Ncube also had his moments in the ring with him as they shared their sharp views

The newly appointed minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology and ZANU PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo has also taken ZANU PF in-house fights on twitter following the ruling by parliament committee to charge ZANU PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

Moyo posted


Gamatox is any chemical agent used for destroying mites and ticks. The pesticide was banned in Zimbabwe in the late 1980s and, according to health experts, exposure to it can result in adverse effects such as skin irritation, nerve disorders or even death.
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In this case, Gamatox was sarcastically used against a Zanu PF faction linked to former Vice-President JoiceMujuru that was accused of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe through unconstitutional means.
The Gamatox faction has seen the oust of former VP Joice Mujuru and his allies including the two former outspoken ZANU PF politburo members Didymus Mtasa and Rugare Gumbo.

Last week, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena who is allegedly belonging to another faction referred to as second Gamatox, moved the motion, calling on parliament to charge Cde Kasukuwere on charges of intimidation, verbal attacks and contempt charges.

The motion did not go down well with Professor Jonathan Moyo who is a close confidante of Kasukuwere popularly known as ‘Tyson’ in the political sphere. The new higher and tertiary education, science and technology boss did not hide his feelings towards the gesture on his twitter account.

In response to the gesture he posted

Hon Kasukuwere in return went on to retweet the post a sign of agreeing to Moyo’s sentiments
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The tweet triggered debate among twimbos. Here is some of the comments from twimbos

The tweet carried an active link from the ZBC website so that viewers could get a full-fledged story. Moyo’s post also attracted retweets and favorites from twimbos, Zimbabweans on twitter. This really goes to show that internet is playing a much bigger role in information dissemination, besides interesting online traffic; the twit has also made headlines in print papers a true sign of the impact of twitter.

Moyo’s tweet just like the death of the popular lion #CecilTheLion has made headlines both online and offline, apparently online publication is becoming more powerful than print as it carries an edge over the latter of providing real time news.

The #CecilTheLion went crazy viral on twitter attracting more than 350k tweets topping even the tweets on Windows10 launch. Digital media platforms are gaining more and more respect as compared to their non-digital counterparts signifying the acceptance of technology by various societies.

Surprisingly the outspoken professor joined twitter this year but now boasts of more than 19K followers supported by a massive tweets of more than 7K and 3.6K posts favorite, figures which can only be associated with people who have been in the twitter domain for a long time.

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The only active and interactive cabinet minister on twitter knows pretty well how to post engaging staff, a weapon which has helped him to attract lots of traffic on his account.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere and the State Procurement Board (SPB) Chairperson, Charles Kuwaza might face charges of contempt of parliament after a parliamentary portfolio committee moved to have them charged.

Wadyajena alleged that Kasukuwere openly threatened him when his committee was gathering oral evidence on the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust. The youthful MP stood his ground and maintained that the decision to invite Kasukuwere to appear before his committee was informed by Section 107(2) of the Constitution.

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda is expected to soon make a ruling on the case.

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