Harare: Education minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has told the State-owned Herald newspaper to go hang after the publication sought a comment on claims that defence forces chief General Constantino Chiwenga fraudulently acquired his PhD.
The fall-out is rooted in the Command Agriculture scheme associated with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Lacoste Zanu PF faction which Moyo has criticised as a successionist programme.
This enraged Chiwenga, who was recently quoted in the Herald defending the scheme and went personal, describing Moyo as a coward who quit the liberation war and a homosexual who had vowed, in his writings, to destroy the ruling Zanu PF party from within.
The army boss also claimed that the higher education minister was ‘Baba Jukwa’, a Facebook character who “leaked” a lot about Zanu PF during the 2013 elections campaign.
Airforce of Zimbabwe chief Perence Shiri was also roped in at the weekend to attack the higher education minister.
“These people have no shame at all,” Moyo said this Tuesday.
“They gave Chiwenga acres and acres of space to, without any shred of evidence to support his false and defamatory allegations calling me an enemy of the state, a homosexual, a war deserter, Baba Jukwa and blatantly lying that in my books I wrote that I would destroy Zanu PF from within and worse lying through his teeth that I got him (Chiwenga) sentenced to death at Mgagao in March 1975 when I was nowhere Mgagao throughout 1975 let alone in March 1975.”
He added, “Now they want me to back allegations that Chiwenga had his UKZN dissertation written for him. Did they ask Chiwenga to back up his nonsensical allegation that in my books I wrote about destroying Zanu PF from within?
“Have they asked him to give supporting evidence about any of the unlawful threats & defamatory allegations made against me by Chiwenga in the Herald?”
The row is linked to the succession rivalries in Zanu PF with the Generals reportedly backing Mnangagwa to take over from the 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
Moyo is said to be part of the G40 faction which is reportedly determined to stop a Mnangagwa presidency. agencies