Minister Moyo speaks out on being poisoned at state function


THE Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo yesterday refuted reports that she ate poisoned food at the weekend.

Online media on Sunday reported that Cde Moyo fell ill after attending the Culture Week National Launch at Godlwayo Cultural Centre in Insiza’s Avoca, Matabeleland South.

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko was guest of honour at the event on Saturday.


The false information spread through some social media platforms, resulting in the Minister’s friends, colleagues and relatives phoning her to inquire about her health.

Cde Moyo, who is also the Zanu-PF’s Women’s League Deputy Secretary, described the authors of the report as immoral and unreliable.



“It’s not true that I fell sick after eating food at the function. I enjoyed my day just like everybody else and the food we ate was first class. I never had any kind of illness and I never even visited the toilet in Insiza or along the way.

“This is the kind of unethical journalism that we don’t accept in our society. Nobody even called me to verify if this was true or not,” said Cde Moyo.

She said she was shocked when her relatives and colleagues started calling her to find out if she was recovering.

“I’m really upset and I wonder what the motive was. I received information from my aide and my phone was inundated with calls from all over inquiring about my health. Everybody was concerned about me.

“If these people don’t respect my being as a person, they should at least respect Zimbabweans and stop telling lies.

“Whoever is responsible for that report must apologise to the people of Zimbabwe. The Culture Week launch was one of the most beautiful functions that I ever attended and the food was first class. It’s not fair for people to try and taint it,” said Cde Moyo.

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