YESTERDAY we published an opinion by Amakhosi Arts director Cont Mhlanga criticising Makokoba MP Gorden Moyo for holding a private dinner at his house in Bulawayo’s Famona suburb to celebrate his victory in the July 31 elections instead of the poor neighbourhood where he got his votes.
Below is Moyo’s response after Southern Eye afforded him a right of reply.
This an empty and directionless criticism. It lacks substance and gravitas. I will not dignify mediocrity and shallow sentimentalism by responding to it.
I cannot be provoked by this kind of trash. And yet am really happy that I now know his heart and lungs regarding our democratisation agenda.
I have more serious responsibilities than responding to shallow and pedestrian analyses of this nature.
Surely, how can somebody who claims to be a pan-Africanist refer me to neo-liberal books written by Eurocentric authors who pursue Euro-American epistemic imperatives?
How can somebody who claims to be a social commentator fail to distinguish “private” from “public function?”
After all the same person abandoned the people of Lupane and become a missing councillor.
Even worse, the same person built the whole institution of arts development using donor funds — this is highest order of hypocrisy.
Those who live in glass houses should not move around naked.As Albert Nyathi quipped, “I shall not speak.”
Moyo is the MP for Makokoba in Bulawayo.