Prof Moyo rubbishes Mandaza lecture

Political Review Writer

Professor Jonathan Moyo has accused fellow academic Ibbo Mandaza of “opportunistically” trying to push the idea of a so-called National Transitional Authority to replace the Government that emerged from the August 23 harmonised elections.

The two academics have continued to spar over the import of the controversial Sadc Election Observer Mission report, with Mandaza arguing that it concluded that the polls were neither free nor fair nor credible, necessitating their invalidation.

And on Thursday, Mandaza, now based in South Africa, gave a lecture where he dug in on his position, but Moyo, himself exiled in Kenya, issued a powerful rejoinder on his social media.

“Unfortunately, the much awaited lecture did not proffer any new data, new information, new angles, or new analysis to support Prof Mandaza’s unorthodox call for Sadc to invalidate and jettison the recent election and, instead, facilitate and ‘scaffold’ his proposed unelected NTA,” Moyo contended.

“It was a rehash of the same stuff that has been heard since SEOM released its preliminary report on 25 August 2023.

“In the main, the narrative is based on the unmistaken and blatant falsification of the SEOM conclusion to the effect that SEOM invalidated Zimbabwe’s 2023 harmonised general election by allegedly finding that the election was neither free nor fair no credible. “In point of fact, there is no such a finding or conclusion in SEOM’s published preliminary report. And the SEOM recommendations, which are the most important part of the report, do not even remotely point to or suggest such a finding or conclusion.”

Moyo has stridently argued that although the report is widely regarded as damning, it does not delegitimate the process or call necessitate a refun of the process.

Irony…Mandaza holding Jonathan Moyo’s book,Excelgate which detailed alleged rigging of 2018 elections by the ruling party

Moyo accused Mandaza of unashamedly pushing for the idea of a transitional authority which he has been harbouring for nearly a decade.

He also questioned Mandaza’s “particularly jarring postulation that raises eyebrows”, a “Zimbabwe is in a Lancaster House Moment”. “This is not a sort of postulation that one makes fleetingly and presumptuously. In any event, this might have been a Freudian slip of an idea on Prof Mandaza’s part, but whatever the case, it is clear that it’s an idea which underpins Prof Mandaza’s proposed NTA which, as already intimated above, goes back to at least 2016 and thus predates the 2023 elections that Prof Mandaza and Dr Tony Reeler are opportunistically and audaciously using to pitch their NTA proposal.

“What this means is that there appears to be more to Prof Mandaza’s NTA proposal, than meets the eye, apart from or beyond Zimbabwe’s 2023 harmonised general election and SEOM’s report on those elections, both of which seem to be convenient ruses,” Moyo said.

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