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Mp of the week: Prof Jonathan Moyo, the king of twitter shade

By Portia Sigauke
Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education and Tsholotsho North legislator Prof Jonathan Moyo has been one of the few Government officials and legislators who have maintained their presence on social media particularly twitter and this high profile “twimbo”  takes time to tweet  everyday about politics, social and economic issues.
Since creating his twitter account February 2015@ProfJNMoyo the super vocal twimbo has garnered 80 011 followers beating telecoms giant @Telecel_Zim which has 69 600 followers.
The legislator is not social media shy to tackle difficult tops and in most times has been involved in his fair share of  Twitter wars and has thrown enough shade to cover a forest. Prof Moyo has maintained his presence on twitter and shows no signs of slowing down. He seems to enjoy the interaction he gets with followers who ‘attack’ him or the government.
The outspoken legislator takes time to respond to most questions tweeted by his followers and discusses relevant trending topics.

His twitter presence is impressive for a Minister and most people have been asking if it is him tweeting or had a PA as he sometimes will be live tweeting at functions and even late nights tweets.

Jonathan Nathaniel Moyo was born January 12 in 1957. He attended the University of Zimbabwe. He holds a Bachelors (Bsc) degree and a PhD degree in Public Policy and a Masters degree in Public Administration.
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 implemented policies including the 50% local content on Radio and ZBC and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Minister is also known for writing most of the songs for PaxAfro a musical group that dominated the airwaves during his first era as Minister of Information.
Minister of Information (2013)
In the July parliamentary elections in 2013, Moyo contested and lost the Tsholotsho seat. However, after apparently masterminding Zanu-PF’s electoral victory, he was appointed Minister of Information in 2013. Despite Moyo’s defeat, Mugabe appointed him as Minister of Information on 10 September 2013. After two years as Minister of Information, and after winning a by-election in Bulawayo on 6 June 2015, Moyo was moved to the post of Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education on 6 July 2015 to date.

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