Latest on 2nd Vice President's Post


Zanu PF national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday refused to speak about his future following reports he could face a challenge in the race to fill the post of second vice-president.

The post left vacant by the death of John Nkomo last year would be filled at the Zanu PF congress scheduled for December.

Khaya Moyo is almost assured of landing the post, but recent reports suggested there were some former Zapu cadrés who felt they deserve the post ahead of the former ambassador to South Africa because of their alleged seniority.

The senior minister, who was in Bulawayo to launch a booklet on the unveiling of late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo's statue and official opening of the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport last December, said the veteran nationalist taught him to never fight for positions.

"You (journalists) only think about positions; that's where the problem is. Umdala (Nkomo) did not want to talk about positions. What positions. Bring people together; that is what is important," Khaya Moyo said when asked about the jostling for posts.

"Let us get on with what brings people together. Unity is not an event, but a process. Those who do not believe in it will eventually realise that they are lost. You cannot do without unity and believe you can prosper. You can't have peace without unity. You can't have development without peace and you can't have prosperity without development."

He avoided questions about whether he was ready to fill Nkomo's shoes especially as leading political figure head.

"Where are the shoes? Bring me the shoes. I will look at them. I said bring the shoes and then I will tell you exactly," Khaya Moyo retorted.

Khaya Moyo was one of Nkomo's aides and his stock has been rising since returning from a diplomatic posting in South Africa in 2011.

As national chairperson and a member of the Zanu PF presidium, Khaya Moyo is the most senior party official after President Robert Mugabe and Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

Judging by Zanu PF's strict adherence to seniority, he would land the post of VP comfortably in December barring any dramatic twist in the party's succession battles.

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