President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Cde Simon Khaya Moyo the Acting Minister of Information, Media and Publicity until further notice.
In a statement to the ZBC News, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, said Cde Khaya Moyo, who is also the Minister of Energy and Power Development, is expected to prepare targeted priorities for his new ministry for presentation within the 100 day circle.
Cde Khaya Moyo is not new to the information portfolio and was the last Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services before the new dispensation in which the new President Mnangagwa assigned him to the Energy and Power Development portfolio.
The move has been seen as a means of thanking Khaya-Moyo who Mnangagwa trusts so much after he reportedly played a crucial role in helping Mnangagwa during the time Grace Mugabe and her husband were tormenting Mnangagwa.
Interestingly, in 2014, when Mugabe fired his other deputy, Joice Mujuru, Khaya-Moyo narrowly escaped the purge after Grace Mugabe begged her husband to pardon Khaya-Moyo, who married to Grace Mugabe’s former close friend.
Khaya-Moyo, who the Mugabes thought was a member of the G40, must have pulled a shocker on the Mugabes when they learnt that Mugabe’s own information minister and politburo secretary for information and publicity was allegedly providing Mnangagwa with necessary information to help him escape Mugabe’s dangerous “allies” who were said to be plotting to kill him.
Mnangagwa’s long political career in Zanu PF — spanning 54 years — nearly came to a dramatic and crashing halt in November last year after Mugabe fired his deputy. After Mnangagwa was fired around 3pm on a Monday, a series of events began unfolding behind the scenes. The day kicked off against a backdrop of ominous political clouds on the horizon.
Informed sources told the Zimbabwe Independent that prior to firing Mnangagwa, Mugabe held a meeting with senior Zanu PF officials at State House to discuss his fate. The meeting was attended by senior Zanu PF leaders, including Ignatius Chombo, Simon Khaya Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere and Grace, among other key heads of critical departments.
“After hours of deliberations, the meeting resolved that Mnangagwa must be fired. Party spokesperson Khaya Moyo was then tasked with drafting of a letter of dismissal for Mnangagwa and a statement to announce that. A letter which had similar contents to the statement was then delivered to Mnangagwa’s office by (William) Gwatiringa from Mugabe’s office. Shortly after that, a press conference was called by Moyo at his Munhumutapa offices to announce the former vice-president’s dismissal.”
Spotlight Zimbabwe, has also reported that Mnangagwa even considered rewarding Khaya-Moyo with the Vice President post, after the long serving politician and diplomat together with Zimbabwe’s former Ambassador to South Africa, Isaac Moyo, allegedly orchestrated a crucial role in facilitating the escape route for Mnangagwa into South African hiding and exile, when he was fired from government last month.
Mnangagwa has already appointed Isaac Moyo as the new boss, of the dreaded spy outfit, Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), as its director general, replacing Happyton Bonyongwe, for providing a “safe house” in Pretoria for Mnangagwa, in careful coordination with Khaya-Moyo, who was ironically also the country’s former diplomat to South Africa between 2007-2011 our sources said.
A safe house is an apartment used by an intelligence agency or underground organization as a refuge or hiding place. Safe houses are often used by spies, criminals, or the police.
“The true heroes in Mnangagwa’s escape where Simon Khaya-Moyo and Isaac Moyo,” said one Asian diplomat who also intimated that China is also comfortable with Khaya-Moyo in the presidium, as he had very close ties with their envoy in Harare, Huang Ping.