Five things you probably did not know about Professor Jonathan Moyo
6 years agoWed, 11 Jan 2017 22:19:11 GMT
Today Jonathan Moyo celebrates his birthday. Here are five facts you probably did not know or has forgotten about him:
- His father was a Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) activist and community leader. Moyo’s mother had strong ties with the late Ndabaningi Sithole, who at the time was ZANU’s president. It was through these links that Jonathan Moyo ended up being in Zambia and later Tanzania, between 1973 and 1977.
- He became active in the political arena in 2000 when he became the spokesperson of the committee charged with the drafting of the 2000 proposed constitution.
- In 2008 he was re-elected as an independent candidate becoming the first independent candidate to be re-elected in the history of the country.
- In the July parliamentary elections in 2013, Moyo contested and lost the Tsholotsho seat he however won the 2015 by-elections.
- As Minister of Information, Moyo authored restrictive media laws including the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) which he is said to have drafted within 24 hours much to the disapproval of the media fraternity, activists and the civil society.
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