Sibusiso Moyo

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Sibusiso Moyo
BornSibusiso Busi Moyo
EducationUniversity of Zimbabwe
EmployerGovernment of Zimbabwe
OrganizationMinistry of Foreign Affairs And International Trade
PredecessorSimbarashe Mumbengegwi
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Spouse(s)Loice Matanda Moyo

Sibusiso Busi Moyo (SB Moyo) was a Zimbabwean politician. Moyo became famous when he appeared on national television in the early hours of 15 November 2017, announcing the military intervention by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. In Nov 2017, he was named Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In Dec. 2017, Moyo retired to pursue a career in politics. He died from Covid-19 at a local hospital on 20 January 2021.

Personal Details

He was born in Munene Mission Hospital, Mberengwa in 1960. Third of eight children. Father, Mr Cephas John Moyo.

He is married to High Court Judge Justice Loice Matanda Moyo who is also the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).

Moyo and Matanda-Moyo had two sons.[1]


Secondary: He attended Manama Secondary School.
Masters in Business Administration; Zimbabwe Open University.
Masters in International Relations; University of Zimbabwe.
Moyo holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe.[2]

He is said to be a holder of a PhD in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe.


He left (the phrase "were taken" is used) Manama Secondary School at Form Three to join the liberation struggle via Botswana. With his cousin, (now) Air Marshal Elson Moyo. He joined ZIPRA. He attended a military course at Zambian Military Academy , Kohima in 1977. [3] [4]

January 2016 - promoted, Brigadier General to Major General.
15 November 2017 - Makes statement. Earns nickname "General Bae"
30 November 2017 - Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Incumbent Walter Mzembi)
December 2017 - retired from ZNA as Lt General.


2008 Elections and after

Sibusiso Moyo, is mentioned in a 2011 report by Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe entitled “The military factor in Zimbabwe’s political and electoral affairs” which, among other things, highlights the violent role played by the military in the 2008 presidential election run-off. The report says Moyo commanded the military operation in the Midlands Province. Former president Robert Mugabe promoted him from Brig General to Major General last year. [5] [6]

Details were given of the reported breakdown of Joint Operations Command personnel and areas of operations to ensure a Zanu PF win in the forthcoming elections. Meetings have reportedly been held in KG VI barracks up until June 2013.

Sources said retired Air Vice-Marshal Henry Muchena, was running the Zanu PF commissariat department with former CIO director internal Sydney Nyanhongo.

Director of public relations Lieutenant-Colonel Alphios Makotore confirmed receiving the Independent’s inquiries on the deployments last week and promised to respond appropriately. “We received your questions and we are still working on them. We are going to respond to them.”

Security service chiefs have openly declared their political loyalty to President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF. [7]


SB Moyo was mentioned in a major United Nations report on the plundering of natural resources in the DRC following the war (Second Congo War - Zimbabwe) starting September 1998. The report alleges that the then speaker of Parliament and former security minister, now president Emmerson Mnangagwa, was the key strategist for Zimbabwe’s business involvement in the DRC. In paragraph 28, the report says Moyo was the Director General of Cosleg Private Limited, the company involved in exploiting diamond, copper and cobalt mining, logging and banking in the DRC. The minister of agriculture, Air Marshall Perence Shiri, is mentioned in the report as being responsible for military procurement and organising air support for the pro-Kinshasa armed groups fighting in the eastern DRC at the time. [8]

The 2002 United Nations report stated COSLEG was involved in the illegal plunder of DRC natural resources, and Sibusiso Moyo was listed as an international diamond thief. [9]

November 2017 Military Takeover

For the full article on the military takeover of November 2017, please click here

After the military took over broadcasting at ZBC on 14 November 2017, Moyo issued a statement on TV early morning on 15 November assuring Zimbabweans and the world that Mugabe and his family were safe and that they had not staged a coup but were targeting 'criminal' that had surrounded Mugabe. Sentiment in the media however was that the operation was effectively a coup.

Around 4am, Maj-Gen Moyo accompanied by Air Vice Marshal Shebba Brighton Shumbayaonda, were surprise visitors to ZTV. Without wasting time, Maj-Gen Moyo dropped a bombshell, announcing that the military had intervened to restore order in the country. [10]


Sibusiso Moyo died on 20 January 2021 from Covid-19. Highly placed sources told HSTv that SB Moyo who had been unwell for some time tested positive to COVID-19 two days before his death.[1]

In a statement, the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services also confirmed SB Moyo's death. The Ministry of Information said Moyo succumbed to Covid-I9 at a local hospital.

The full statement released by Emmerson Mnangagwa and signed by George Charamba reads:

His Excellency the President, Cde E.D. Mnangagwa, regrets to announce the passing on early this morning of Dr S.B. Moyo, our Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The late Minister succumbed to Covid-I9 at a local hospital. The Nation will be kept apprised of further developments regarding this untimely demise of the late Minister, himself a decorated soldier and freedom fighter.

See also SB Moyo Death.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Political parties salute Minister, The Herald, Published: January 21, 2021, Retrieved: January 21, 2021 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "H" defined multiple times with different content
  2. ‘It’s a goal-getting team’ , , Published:03 December 2017 , Retrieved: 04 December 2017
  3. Creating military corridor along the Zambezi , The Sunday News, Published: 01 May 2016, Retrieved: 15 November 2017
  4. [1], Meet Sibusiso B. Moyo…The man who read Mugabe the riot act, Published: 21 April 2018, Retrieved 27 August 2019
  5. [2], The Military Factor in Zimbabwe’s Political and Electoral Affairs, Published: 3 June 2011, Retrieved: 27 August 2019
  6. [3], General Sibusiso Moyo listed as international offender - MDC official, Published: 3 December 2017, Retrieved: 27 August 2019
  7. Military intensifies campaign for Zanu-PF, Name of Publication Here, Published: 21 June 2013, Retrieved: 9 April 2020
  8. [4], Mnangagwa, Moyo and Shiri involved in DRC plunder – UN report, Published: 3 December 2017, Retrieved: 27 August 2019
  9. Plundering of DR Congo natural resources: Final report of the Panel of Experts (S/2002/1146) - Burundi, ReliefWeb, retrieved: 26 Oct 2018
  10. [5], Meet Sibusiso B. Moyo…The man who read Mugabe the riot act, Published: 21 April 2018, Retreived 27 August 2019

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