Condolence messages continue to pour in following the death of Foreign Affairs and international trade Minister Sibusiso Busi Moyo who succumbed to COVID-19 today.
Minister Moyo became famous in 2017 when he announced the coup that toppled Robbert Mugabe from power.
On 15 November 2017, following the house arrest of Mugabe the previous day, Moyo gave a statement on state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, denying that a coup had taken place, stating that “the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed”, and that the military were “only targeting criminals around [Mugabe] who are committing crimes… that are causing social and economic suffering in the country”
Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about the late SB Moyo:
- He was the husband to Justice Loice Matanda Moyo who is the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission ZACC Chairlady.
- Moyo was born in 1960 at the Mnene Mission Hospital in Mberengwa, He was the third child in a family of 8.
- Moyo reportedly joined the liberation struggle which ended when he was just 20 at a very young age, rising through the ranks till he became a major general in the Zimbabwe National Army before retiring to join active politics.
- Moyo held 2 Masters’ Degrees, a Master in International Relations Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and an MBA from ZOU. He also held a Ph.D. in International relations from the University of Zimbabwe.
- Moyo was nicknamed “General Bae” after he announced the coup that subsequently ended Robert Mugabe’s 37 years of Mugabe’s reign.
- Due to Moyo’s public role in ending the Mugabe regime, there has been speculation in the Zimbwawean press that Moyo has been tapped by Mnangagwa as his successor.