EXILED former Higher education minister Professor Jonathan Moyo, has scorned President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s nomination among the 100 most influential people in the world by Times magazine.
Prof Moyo said the Times’ list is notorious for headlining influential crooks, criminals and mass murders.
The former Zanu PF politburo member was forced into exile after the military ended former president Robert Mugabe 37-year-rule last November with Mnangagwa taking over.
According to Times magazine, the list was not a measure of power and stresses that it is “a designation of individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now”.
The magazine also made it clear that the entrants are recognized for changing the world,
“regardless of the consequences of their action”.
President Mnangagwa was featured alongside United States President Donald Trump and renowned South African comedian, Trevor Noah.
Other current presidents featured on the list include France’s Emmanuel Macron, China’s Xin Jinping, and Japanese Shinzo Abe
However, in a tweet about Mnangagwa’s listing, Prof Moyo said: “Time Magazine, what imperialist pamphlet is that?
“For a moment I thought you are asking of the Nobel Prize. Time`s top 100 list is notorious for headlining influential crooks, criminals and mass murders.
“Even Osama Bin Laden had the honour to make the list in 2007, Next question!
Moyo was responding to one Dominic Chimhavi@DChimavi who had remarked:
“Time Magazine has named South African comedian Trevor Noah and Zim President ED Mnangagwa among the most influential people of 2018.
“What do you say now @Prof JN Moyo?”
Others felt Mnangagwa was wasting money paying US public relations companies to lobby for his government abroad.
“A mafioso like ED getting on the list means he has engaged some of the corrupt PR companies to do his bidding and he is wasting state resources and hard currency badly needed to revive manufacturing sector back home,” said a Twitter user who identified himself as Gonye.