Although the commission had an impressive leadership bureau chaired by then Judge President of the High Court, now Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku who was deputised by prominent statesperson Grace Lupepe, Anglican Archbishop Jonathan Siyachitema and the late Professor Walter Kamba, among other prominent persons, Moyo emerged as a strong and dynamic voice.
Such was the animosity between the two that Shamuyarira saw Moyo as a "weevil" and accused him, in front of Mugabe, of being a CIA agent.
In particular Moyo
came out as an aggressive voice in support of the country's chaotic land reform programe, coining phrases like "Zimbabwe will never be a colony again" and coming up with many jingles in support of the programme, at a time many Zimbabweans and the international community were critical.
Ahead of the 2002 elections, when Mugabe
was facing his first stern test in the form of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Moyo
, who had replaced the old guard in the public media and appointed pliable staffers ready to toe his line, ensured there was massive propaganda against the MDC and its leader.
In defence of Mugabe
was instrumental in the adoption of "draconian" laws such the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) and the Public Order and Security Act(Posa), which were seen as a violation of the freedoms of speech, media and association.
When Moyo brought Aippa to parliament, the chairman of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, the late Dr Edison Zvobgo, said: "I can say without equivocation that this Bill, in its original form, was the most calculated and determined assault on our liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, in the 20 years I served as cabinet minister."
, who was under siege, however supported Moyo
had also been elected to the central committee but his
nomination was blocked at the Zanu PF Congress
the same year.
In February 2005 a defiant Moyo
however registered to stand as an independent candidate, further attracting the wrath of Mugabe
who expelled him from the party and cabinet.
was fired in dramatic fashion, through a fax delivered to his
hotel room, while his
aides were withdrawn without his
On February 19 2005, Moyo
drafted a response accepting the dismissal, while at the same time reminding Mugabe he
had literally rescued him from defeat.
I understand very well that he
who appoints can also disappoint, unless one has been directly chosen or elected by the people themselves," wrote Moyo
went on to narrate how he
and other officials who were accused of being part of the Tsholotsho declaration had been unfairly treated and "made to suffer".
The MDC-T did not field a candidate after reaching an agreement with Moyo
but soon after winning, he
started attacking the party while defending Mugabe and Zanu PF
, in a development which stunned many.
Zanu PF insiders revealed Moyo had in fact started working with Zanu PF and became one of Mugabe's strategists, together with the military, in the run-up to the controversial June 2008 election runoff condemned as a sham, paving the way for South-African brokered talks and the formation of the unity government.
was desperate after seeing Zanu PF fail to get a majority in parliament for the first time since Independence in 1980, hence his reliance on Moyo
and the military.
was rewarded for his role in saving Mugabe
with readmission into the party in 2009.
Ahead of the 2013 elections, Moyo worked as an election strategist for Mugabe and wrote the party's manifesto which has been transformed into the country's economic blue-print, ZimAsset.
does the impossible again
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gags Jonathan Moyo
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acknowledges dark past, promises better
I keep telling you that Moyo
went to meet with Mugabe
and was told to slow down and sweep Zanu PF dirt under the carpet and glue the carpet to the floor.