Jonathan Nathaniel Moyo (born on January 12, 1957) is a Zimbabwean politician. Moyo belongs to the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) party and also a politburo member. He is current minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services. President Robert Mugabe appointed him as minister despite his defeat in Tsholotsholo north constituency to Roselyn Nkomo.

From 2000 to 2005 and is currently a Member of Parliament. He is considered the core architect of AIPPA and POSA. In 2013 he was made Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services after, it has been said, masterminding the Zanu-PF's electoral victory. He was credited with being one of the architects of Zim Asset.


Jonathan Moyo's father was a 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. [1]

He has claimed that his father who died in 1963 was a victim of the 1980s Gukurahundi Massacres. [2]. At the end of 2009, Moyo was readmitted in ZANU PF.

Constitution Referendum

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.

Minister of Information (2000 - 2005)

After the 2000 parliamentary election, he was appointed the Minister of Information in the president's office and the Zanu-PF government spokesperson. During his time as Information Minister, 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. AIPPA was passed into law in 2002. His tenure at the helm of the ministry was characterized by the closure some newspapers notably the Associated Newspapers Dailynews and its sister paper the Dailynews on Sunday.

Tsholotsho Declaration and expulsion from Zanu-PF

Moyo was expelled him from ZANU PF in February 2005 when he registered as an independent candidate. Moyo went on to win the seat representing Tsholotsho North.

In 2006 he was forced out of the ministry because of his alleged involvement in a coup to oust President Mugabe through the Tsholotsho Declaration. [3] The professor also composed catchy music jingles and albums justifying the ZANU PF-led land seizures of the new Millennium that were aired on ZBC channels hourly.[4]

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.

As Minister of Information (2013 -

After apparently masterminding Zanu-PF's electoral victory in 2013, Jonathan Moyo was appointed Minister of Information in 2013. his appointment saw him immediately go into action to make changes at the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), and Zimpapers, the government owned and largest media house in the country.

The media fraternity greeted his reappointment with caution fearing the return of the patchy 2000 era when he was at the helm of the ministry.

He is credited for introducing a 100% content in all radio stations that saw the birth of Urban Grooves music genre.

Called "the Devil Incarnate"

As Information Minister, Moyo was famously referred to as the "the devil incarnate" by president Robert Mugabe in June 2014, in an address to mourners at the residence of the late Nathan Shamuyarira. Mugabe accused Moyo of using his position as Information Minister to influence editorial at Zimpapers to divide and cause infighting in the Zanu-PF political party. Mugabe said Moyo had fired editors at Zimpapers newspapers and replaced them with MDC sympathisers. Mugabe said in the address partly delivered in the Shona vernacular:

The views that he (Cde Shamuyarira, a former Information Minister) put across (in) the paper was the view of the party that appealed to the people. I am saying this in the light of what is happening now where you have our Minister of Information wanting to put people one against another. It’s a matter we were discussing the day before yesterday (in the Politburo)....

Ndiri kutaura izvi nekuti vese vakomana vakanga vakatungamirira mumaper vakatandwa kuchinotorwa veMDC vachiiswa kuti imi makati tonho muchifunga kuti tine munhu arikutiitira zvakanaka, (he is) the devil incarnate."

Translated, the Shona part means "I'm saying this because the boys who were leading the newspapers were hounded out and he took MDC people, and you are relaxed thinking that we have a person doing good things for us..."[5]

In the months leading to this public attack by Mugabe, Edmund Kudzayi and Mduduzi Mathuthu (amoung others) had been appointed as editors at Zimpapers' leading titles, The Sunday Mail[6] and The Chronicle[7] respectively.

Educational background

He holds a Bachelors (Bsc) degree and a PhD degree in Public Policy and a Masters degree in Public Administration.


  1. Prof.Jonathan Moyo
  2. Moyo bombshell: Gukurahundi killed my father, New Zimbabwe, Retrieved: 19 March 2014
  3. Jonathan Moyo Bounces Back in Zimbabwe Cabinet, Voice of America - Zimbabwe, Published: 10 Sept 2013, Retrieved: 19 March 2014
  4. Blessing-Miles Tendi, Making History in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: Politics, Intellectuals and the Media, Paper, Retrieved: 19 March 2014
  5. President blasts Prof Moyo, The Sunday Mail, Published:7 June 2014, Retrieved:8 June 2014
  6. New Sunday Mail editor appointed, The Sunday 'Mail, Published:8 April 2014, Retrieved:8 June 2014
  7. Former newzimbabwe owner Mduduzi Mathuthu, Bulawayo24, Published:4 November 2013, Retrieved:6 June 2014