President Emmerson Mnangagwa posted a picture of his Highlanders – Bosso, jersey on Twitter ithereby attracting criticism from exiled former Cabinet Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo.
The president posted the photo below and captioned it:
“Bosso, Tshilamoya, Amahlolanyama, Ezikamagebhula, High High, Mantengwane.”
Moyo responded angrily saying:
“Nonsense about @HighlanderBosso. Ezikamagebhula? Get away and get a life!”
Asked why Bosso affairs concerned him since he was a Tsholotsho FC supporter, Moyo said:
“I am when it’s there but even so, @HighlanderBosso is the people’s team and, as an institution, it is tied to the people’s culture and history; to which I’m a claimant!”
Meanwhile, some observed that Bosso was not ezika-Magebhula as that refers to Orlando Pirates. Magebhula James Sofasonke Mpanza is the “father of Soweto” and founder of Orlando Boys Club (1934) which later changed its name to Orlando Pirates F.C in 1939 hence the name “Ezimnyama ngenkani ezika-Magebhula James Mpanza.”
What is common between Bosso and Orlando Pirates is the black and white jersey.
Some said Mnangagwa’s act was just a publicity stance while some said he wanted to appease the people of Matebeleland for the 1980s massacre popularly known as Gukurahundi.
Some took the opportunity to raise issues bedevilling Matebeleland which include the poor road networks which they said were chasing potential investors away.