DEMOTED Zanu PF chairman, Simon Khaya Moyo has played down his demotion, saying President Robert Mugabe gave him yet another “massive and challenging powerful” portfolio as Economic Planning minister.
Before his reassignment, Moyo was a Senior Minister in the Office of the President.
Moyo, who for long had been considered a front runner for the vice-presidency, was also shunted to the spokesperson post in Zanu PF.
But an exuberant Moyo on Sunday refused to let his apparent demotion spoil his mood, saying Mugabe had appointed him to a massive and challenging portfolio.
“I am saying this is a massive portfolio and its challenges are vast,” he said.
“You are aware that when you talk about a country and its people you are talking about the economy.
“I will discuss my plans and have thorough consultations with the president on this subject.”
Moyo, who seemed to take his demotion on the chin, advised the media, telling Southern Eye that he would update it on his plans.
He said journalists in the media should not be in a rush to write about his portfolio before he discusses it with Mugabe.
Moyo also congratulated the two vice-presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, saying their appointments were the prerogative of the President.
“I wish to congratulate the two vice-presidents for their appointments and wish them well in their tasks,” he said.