Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Lieutenant-General (retired) Sibusiso Busi (S.B) Moyo on Monday claimed that abuse has been spewed on him and his colleagues. The minister said that the quietness in the face of abuse was a sign of maturity and not dumbness. Said the Minister,
We’ve been quiet while abuse has been spewed at us over the last few months-it’s called maturity, not dumbness! We are not here to denigrate but simply to say what we’ve done and where we’re going! The message is simple and true – vote for @edmnangagwa for the simple truth! #EDpfee
However, the Minister’s message produced mixed reactions online. Some people were not impressed by the claims of abuse given allegations which have been levelled against the military in the past of using violence to intimidate people into voting for the ruling Zanu-PF.
Here are some of the reactions:
What do you know of abuse? Do you have relatives dead because they supported a different political party? Do you sleep in bank queues? Have you ever failed to pay for your children's school fees?
— Tawanda Moyo (@tbmoyo) July 24, 2018
Who talks about you Sbu? You are jolly good fellow wena.
— Thabisa Sibanda (@SibandaSibbs) July 24, 2018
Rambai makadaro Cde, tinoziva pamunotaura panoita zvikukutu. Regai pwere dzive pwere!!!!
— Tawanda Gota (@TawandaGota) July 24, 2018
Abuse is lying to us that you want arrest criminals around the president yet you just want to conduct a coup and get snr positions in govt for your own benefit pic.twitter.com/QV5AGq6p0B
— Gore Kore 🇿🇼 (@Zim_we_want) July 24, 2018
This is actually crybabyism as if you just 'stepped on the scene' a few months ago. Its you who is trying to make us look like we dumb for being 'quiet' over the last 38 years while you abused us. And actually you have not admitted to what you have done. Thats the simple truth.
— Baynham Goredema 🇿🇼 (@bayhaus) July 24, 2018
It's very unfortunate the message is coming out as abuse but in reality the real victims are the people crying out for freeedom from corruption poverty state sponsored violence! If you are truly for the people ignore the abuse and listen to the message sn enuf u'll get praises
— Chamukwenjera (@Chamukwenjera) July 24, 2018
Abuse has been spewed to you just for months?? We have been abused for the past 38 years sir, our rights stolen, basic needs neglected and our voices ignored!! Wakamborara muqueue yemari here Moyo?? Do you get treated at Parirenyatwa?? Respect us please!!
— GOT (@theironthrone7) July 24, 2018
Abuse has been spewed at poverty, corruption and bad governance and for some reason you think it was directed at you!!!
— Mthunzi (@lloyd_moyo13) July 24, 2018
Well said Minister @MinisterSBMoyo . We have actually suffered the most abuse and intimidation. Yet they claim to be better..
— thedailyspeaker (@tamiswa_njovana) July 24, 2018
Its only been months for you sir for some of us Zimbabweans it has been 38 years imagine!
— King Will 👑 (@WillZee7) July 24, 2018
This tweet is an insult to the average Zimbabwean who has suffered under Zanu PF for decades. An insult to those sleeping in queues to get a few coins, an insult to patients in under equipped hospitals, an insult to graduates with no work, an insult to farmers etc. Shame on u
— FatsoZ (@fatso4real) July 24, 2018
About abuse and dumpness.
This, Comrade Minister, is abuse, and not evidence of a smart government.
This👇is what you have done. pic.twitter.com/IELDrjrbeZ
— Tobias Sibanda🇿🇼 (@sibanda_tobias1) July 24, 2018