MDC-T’s Gutu in Zanu-PF ‘baboons’ storm

Obert Gutu

Obert Gutu

Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter—
MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu was forced to apologise yesterday after appearing to refer to Zanu-PF politicians as “baboons”. Zanu-PF spokesman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo blasted Gutu, describing him as “primitive” over the comments posted on micro-blogging site, Twitter. Gutu had earlier been tackled by Higher Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo over comments made to a news website where he stated that “all right thinking Zimbabweans should celebrate the collapse of Zanu-PF.”

Prof Moyo asked Gutu on Twitter: “Collapse? What collapse?”

And when another blogger suggested to Gutu that Zanu-PF leaders, despite their differences, always come together when it matters, the MDC-T communication czar replied: “It’s a ‘solidarity’ fuelled by thievery! Under a common threat, baboons are known to unite.”

Prof Moyo would not let Gutu get away with the apparent slur, prodding him: “You said baboons are known to unite in a discussion on Zanu-PF factions. I ask you once more, who are the baboons? This is a very serious matter. I will take it further if you continue in this manner. You must withdraw and apologise!”

Gutu wrote back: “To prove that I don’t mean any harm, I’m sorry if I offended you. You’re a Cde and certainly not a baboon. “Let’s have progress, Jonso! Use of the word ‘baboons’ is hereby withdrawn. No insults, please!”

Prof Moyo pressed harder for the apology: “You insult people and demand progress? You referred to Zanu-PF as baboons. Please withdraw and apologise unconditionally! What do you mean if you offended me? You referred to ‘baboons’ and not ‘baboon’. Please withdraw unconditionally!”

After unsuccessfully trying to defend himself under a torrent of criticism from other Twitter users, Gutu finally conceded: “I withdraw the use of the word baboons and I apologise to anyone who might have been offended. Case closed.”

Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo described Gutu’s utterances as irresponsible and said the revolutionary party had no time to waste on such people. “We’re a respectable and civilised party and we expect all Zimbabweans, regardless of their political affiliation to be decent citizens. We believe in building a society of dignity and unity and we don’t expect anyone to indulge in such primitive language,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.

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  • Lunga

    Kkkkkk

    • Jotham

      All ZANU people are baboons, who doesn’t know that? I won’t apologise. Did Mugabe apologise for killing more than 20,000 people including Jonathan Moyo’s father? Gutu should have asked Moyo to ask Mugabe to apologise for killing his father first.

      • Bambanani

        Exactly! Why should ZANU PF worry about a harmless Gutu, yet Mugabe and his Gukurahundi butchered 20,000 unarmed civilians and nobody has apologized 33 years later???!!

  • gilbert

    people waste time and energy on social networks when the country is at its knees.Instead of debating revival strategies busy calling each other names.

  • Zuze

    You Mr man live in a house made of glass so you should not br throwing stones Ndwangu.

  • Citizen 777

    i like this “girl” journalist’s style … watch this space; she’s certainly destined for greater heights in her career as a scribe! But to get down to the gist of the story and judging by the narrative; it becomes apparent that by making the “baboon” analogy, Gutu was not necessarily comparing individuals in the former revolutionary party with such animals. ZANU PF is ultra sensitive about critical comments made by the main opposition group. That is why their over-reaction to such utterances should be taken with a pinch of salt!

  • TKO

    Not so fast Jotham (the real one). Don’t change your name because of this person’s parasitical tendencies! He/she will get bored after a while. He/she did the same with my own non-de-plume. but I’m still recognised by the unique sentiments and writing style that I use. Stay as Jotham….. we like you that way!

  • TKO

    Not so fast Jotham (the real one). Don’t
    change your name because of this person’s deceitful tendencies! He/she will get
    bored after a while. He/she did the same with my own alter ego. but I’m still
    recognised through the unique sentiments and writing style that
    I use. Stay as Jotham….. we like you that way!

  • TKO

    Noooooo!!! Don’t change your name. We like you just as you are.

  • Membathisi

    May be its becoz he likes throwing “sand” into opponents’ eyes if they step on his toes thru this platform hence the new name!!