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Former Zimbabwe Information Minister Jonathan
Moyo, architect of the country's harsh media laws, has said if given another chance
as a public official he would have done certain things differently and even better.
But he defended
the controversial media laws, saying they were created and remain on the books because
they are good for Zimbabwe.
there are things I would have done differently or even better, but as to the
laws, we are a democracy. Whatever the detractors say, it's not possible in a
democracy for one individual to write any laws. Secondly, those laws…are still
on our books some five years after I left government. Surely… they are there
because they are good for Zimbabwe," he said.
said criticism of the media laws he helped enact has nothing to do with their substance but
rather based on hatred for him.
I were to propose love as the law of Zimbabwe, those detractors would find
something wrong. Even if I gave them the Bible and said the entire Bible is now
going to be the law, as long as that proposal will be coming from me, those
particular detractors will think the Bible is a devil's document," he said.
Moyo, who resigned from Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party five years ago was accepted back into the party last week.
He said while he might have left ZANU-PF in flesh, he never left in spirit.
gets associated with a political party at the level of ideology and principle, and
my ideological affiliation with ZANU-PF has not changed, but there had been
some misunderstandings on issues of strategy, tactics and personality. And I
had been considered to have expelled myself. So there has never been really a
formal process of the party expelling me," he said.
is the only independent member in Zimbabwe's 210-seat parliament where the
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has a slim one seat majority.
he denied he was invited back to give ZANU-PF an additional parliamentary
fact of the matter is that this is an expression of my freedom of association
which has nothing to do with the numbers in parliament. I must say though it's
not true that the MDC has a majority in parliament. There are three political
parties that make up the government of national unity in Zimbabwe. None of them
has a majority," Moyo said.
called for support for Zimbabwe's unity government.
there has been a dramatic reduction of political tension in our country…The
fact that we have a government of national unity, which by and large has shown
the capacity and willingness for Zimbabweans to work together means that
everyone else who really means well and wishes our country well should support
it," Moyo said.
said while "considerable effort and achievement" have been made, those efforts and
achievement continue to be undermined by what Moyo called "illegal sanctions"
by Western countries.
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