VP Mnangagwa roasts Prof Moyo


VICE-PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly went for broke at Wednesday’s politburo meeting where he “exposed” Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo’s alleged role in leaking sensitive State secrets to the media and foreign spy agencies as part of machinations to topple President Robert Mugabe from power.


This came as Mugabe gave Mnangagwa the floor to clear his name and respond to “State capture” allegations levelled against him by Moyo during the previous politburo meeting held on July 19.

But Moyo reportedly hit back, claiming Mnangagwa was, among other things, behind the infamous Tsholotsho Declaration, which Mugabe viewed as an attempted coup plot.

The Higher Education minister also claimed Mnangagwa sponsored the formation of the stillborn United People’s Movement, which the Tsholotsho North legislator tried to establish in the aftermath of his axing from the ruling Zanu PF party.

Moyo also reportedly gave registration numbers for a vehicle allegedly bought for him by Mnangagwa backers to campaign in the 2005 elections as an independent candidate to debunk claims the VP had been loyal to Mugabe for 40 years.

Politburo sources told NewsDay yesterday that Mnangagwa grabbed the opportunity to crucify Moyo and his G40 faction counterpart Saviour Kasukuwere, accusing them of secretly conniving to whittle Mugabe’s powers by challenging Zanu PF’s one centre of power principle and leaking confidential information to the Press.

The under-fire Vice-President reportedly left no stone unturned as he sought to endear himself with Mugabe ahead of the December special Zanu PF congress organised by the G40 faction to decisively end Mnangagwa’s succession ambitions.

“He was aggressive yesterday (Wednesday) when he presented his response, accusing Moyo of leaking sensitive politburo and confidential government information to the media. He asked the meeting to reflect in 10 minutes of silence why politburo minutes and sensitive information were now always being leaked to the media,” the source said.

Mnangagwa, sources said, also demanded Moyo and Kasukuwere to explain why they were pushing to remove the one centre of power principle that gave Mugabe control of the party and government, if, as the duo claimed, they were happy with the veteran politician’s leadership.

“It was a gripping account of the man that Moyo is. His association with Western powers especially the Americans and that country’s CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). Mnangagwa identified Moyo’s handler and his code number as a source of information,” NewsDay heard.

“Mnangagwa gave dates of meetings and the information leaked from government and party gatherings between Moyo and his handlers. Moyo’s discussions at (local think-tank) Sapes (Southern African Political and Economic Series) and his introduction of (Defence minister Sydney) Sekeramayi as a potential successor to the President when the party policy has consistently been that there is no vacancy”.

Mnangagwa reportedly began his presentation with a video clip of Kasukuwere praising the VP’s contributions to the struggle and development of the country.

“It was an eight-minute video of Kasukuwere during the Chiwundura by-election campaign early this year introducing Mnangagwa as the most loyal cadre Zanu PF and Mugabe has ever known. Kasukuwere was shown extolling Mnangagwa’s virtues and at the end the VP asked how he could suddenly have turned against the President in a matter of months.

“He painted Moyo and Kasukuwere as serial flip-floppers. Moyo was shown denigrating the President, his marriage to a younger wife and that he had overstayed as leader of the country,” the sources said.

“Mugabe sat there thumping his fingers on the table and tapping his feet apparently in anger as Mnangagwa played videos and read from articles Moyo wrote arguing the President was no longer fit for office. Moyo, (Vice-President Phelekezela) Mphoko and Kasukuwere sat sullen-faced as Mnangagwa tore into G40.”

Prior to his presentation, First Lady Grace Mugabe had vainly tried to block Mnangagwa’s response to issues raised by Moyo, arguing they were sub judice since the VP had already filed a $3 million defamation lawsuit against the Tsholotsho North MP.
Mnangagwa, with Mugabe’s support, reportedly brushed her aside, saying the presentation would not touch on issues before the courts.

Mugabe reportedly stopped Mnangagwa from responding to the issue of the attempted murder of former journalist, Godfrey Majonga, which Moyo raised, saying the matter was before the courts.

Moyo later told the politburo meeting that he had accepted his mistakes.

“He argued that he had accepted his mistakes, including the Tsholotsho Declaration that Mnangagwa was part of. He accused Mnangagwa of dumping them at the 11th hour and having been behind the stillborn formation of a party after the Tsholotsho debacle,” the source added.

Grace then gave Moyo a pat on the back, saying: “I like Jonathan (Moyo) because he accepts his mistakes unlike some people here.”
At that point, Mugabe reportedly interjected saying: “We cannot have people who sell out like that. It is unacceptable that all these crimes are by one man. Only one man! Why? Why do you talk to the likes of (Sapes head) Ibbo Mandaza and his regime change friends?”

“The President asked why Moyo had never talked about the issue of trying to form a party on Mnangagwa’s behalf in the past (if that was true). He said the issue was irrelevant now and that he knew of G40, but not Lacoste,” another source told NewsDay.
As Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste faction moved in for the kill, Harare politburo member Cleveria Chizema jumped into the discussion, accusing Moyo of being a “long-term spy”.

“She pleaded with the President not to listen to Moyo because he has been a spy and worked with whites at Lancaster trying to derail the independence negotiations. Chizema accused Moyo of working hard to cause divisions in Zanu PF,” the sources said.
At that point, former Public Service minister Priscah Mupfumira joined in the fray, roasting Grace for selling out and dumping people who catapulted her to lead the Zanu PF women’s league.

“She was aggressive and challenged Grace, telling her that she was turning against people who helped her ascend to power. Mupfumira, who was fired by Mugabe said Grace had turned against her and Oppah Muchinguri, whose ministry was also affected in the recent Cabinet reshuffle,” the sources also said.

Mnangagwa’s allies said they were prepared to fight it out at the special congress against their G40 rivals.

“They (G40) have no support on the ground and if we call for a special elective congress, then we would want elections for provincial chairpersons, youth and women’s league. The truth is that most of the people imposed as chairpersons in provinces will be dumped and those who don’t support G40 will be elected,” NewsDay heard.

“The issue of a special congress was discussed, but seemed to have been smuggled into the meeting. In his presentation, Kasukuwere indicated that he had consulted provinces on the issue, but it emerged that only three provincial chairpersons had been asked for their input.

“The President said it would be unprocedural and then asked that the commissariat begins a process of holding provincial co-ordinating committee meetings across the country before the central committee sits to endorse the special congress,” NewsDay also heard.

Mugabe has already been endorsed as Zanu PF’s presidential candidate and would not need a special congress to represent the party at next year’s elections.

However, his advanced age and growing health problems has presented Zanu PF with a dilemma over his candidature in the elections amid reports that Mnangagwa, Grace and Sekeramayi were all eyeing the post.

Mugabe will be 94 next February.

“It (special congress) can be called anytime and if the requisite number of people feels it is required, they can approach the President or the central committee, which is obliged to call it. But Kasukuwere did not give reasons. It was a botched clandestine job,” a senior Zanu PF official said.

Party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo however, professed ignorance over the planned special congress.

“I issued a statement after the politburo and that is the official position. I do not know about the issue of a special congress.
We are planning for elections next year,” Khaya Moyo said. “If there are going to be meetings in the provinces, it’s a commissariat issue.”

Kasukuwere declined to comment on the issue. “Talk to Khaya Moyo,” he said dismissively.


  1. When the President took away the justice ministry from ED, he acted on hearsay, there wasnt real evidence to indicate that ED wants to topple him. Now, he is he about to turn against Professor Moyo, on the basis of what ED presented. But there was nothing new. Jona had always opposed Mugabe before his appointment.He wrote articles about the president and the President went on to appoint him anyway. Mnangagwa cant prove that Jona leaked secretive information to the media. Jona cant prove as well that ED wants to topple Mugabe.

    • The justice ministry must be a stand alone ministry which should not have been with ED in the first place, it was burdening him considering the fact that he has been the one doing government business whilst the rest were ensconced in factional wars. Since Jonathan Moyo joined Zanupf they have not known any peace.I liked the idea that Mugabe overruled his wife now he needs to know his wife’s relationships with these G40 guys looks like its not a good relationship.Whilst I don’t support the one center of power concept but it all started in Mash Central with the so-called First Lady’s blue eyed boys.

  2. Comment..Moyo has been like that all along I do not know why Grace is so blinded by Moyo to that level of shielding him as if vanodanana. What Moyo meant by destroying ZANU PF from within was not a fluke, he is still on the move to achieve his goals, that is why ZANU PF is in this confusion now, divisions and sackings everyday. He is like a husband who admits his abusive handling of his wife but continue doing the same day and night.

  3. Mugabe cannot do anything to Moyo because Grace will have none of that. This is a new challenge for Mugabe esp. with elections around the corner.

  4. 1.This politicking of booting each other out of the party is not healthy to the economy.
    2. I still find it baffling that one is pushing President towards the notion that his colleague of more than 50 years is trying to topple him. Will he really buy that hypotheses especially from someone who has clearly written publicized articles against him?

  5. and why has Ngwena not told his boss about this all along. Did he have to wait to be attacked by Moyo first. Its now a case of kana newewo you also.

  6. Thank u Cde Garwe for exposing this CIA who has tried all his life to destroy the Liberation Movement while pretending to love RGM and Gigi who made him almost their next of kin in politics handei tione johnso pasi nema CIA.

  7. Who is smart a lawyer orb a professor, hanzi sezvandakambotavura paya , chokwadi choseee chichabuda kumagumo, vanivukura vukurai , asi kana nguva yahokwana, mumwe no mumwe uchamira nezvake. Iam happy the president is now enlightened who Moyo is NOW,
    hanzi shefu vakaita hukasha during VP s presentatation, itai action shefu!!!!

  8. The truth shall always come out. If old age affects Mugabe to an extent of forgetting that around 1989 Jonathan Moyo was his sworn enemy then he might as well one day find himself poisoned like Munangagwa. Jonso is a CIA operative whose training to use toxic substances may be well advanced compared to our own spy agencies here. Remember the cynide issue in Ngwena’s office which most people brushed aside as stage managed. Munangagwa is innocent of any wrong doing and people portray him as a cruel person when they cannot point a finger to the grand master. In fact if these guys think they have support they are fooling themselves. They threaten people through Grace and take that for support. A special Congress can only be held with substantive PCCs and chairpersons. Havalume maG40

  9. Nothing new from ED really. Just much ado about nothing.Bob was criticized by Jona long ago. In fact Jona used to write interesting articles in the Independent mainly thrashing zanu and Bob and thats no secret. He was then roped in later during the referendum and he softened his stance against Bob and zanu and later he joined zanu and then came the Tsholotsho saga and six chairmen were expelled plus Jona and others who were rooting for Ed. Jona won back his seat as an independent when zanu made it reserved it for a woman (to fix him).We all know the rest and so really ED has not said anything new. He has no proof that Jona leaks state secrets and if he knew that all along why did he not alert the Bob so Jona could suffer the same fate that befell Chiyangwa. Its just a lot of noise while the country is suffering. Hasn’t Jona been credited with saving zanu from defeat in prior elections? To say he is set on destroying a party he has saved is kinda oxymoronic and nothing but hot air.

    • Jona cheated the opposition not to field a candidate else he was not going to win it. The opposition became fools and agreed then Jona dumped them.

  10. Dai presdnt vati maprvnce asarudze ma chair person matsva ose zvawo. Uye ma secretay eyouth ne wmans lgue asarudzwe Zanu Pf vrsus G40. Tione

  11. These are the last kicks of a dying horse. Mugabe remains the only thread holding Zanu PF. In the event that he is not in the scene, the party will only be heard from the archives.

  12. It is extremely painful to note that the absence of a meaningful Political opposition party in the country is greatly contributing to this fiasco. It very unfortunate that our focus as leadership of the country, our focus has been diverted to the alleged factions within the ruling party ZANU PF at the expense of innocent and peace loving Zimbabweans in the country. Jona will always be Jona. The so called “Lacoste” faction is nothing except Jona’s creation. The Tsholotsho professor has brought about untold suffering to the entire nation by drifting the core business of the President and cabinet to factions which he himself has created for his personal gains. Sometimes i ask myself the amount of wisdom our Leadership has, honestly post independence. You guys went through thick and thin to liberate this country. Jona came in yesterday but he has managed to Arm twist most of you. slowly and surely he has managed to erode the good legacy of our spirited men and women who fought tirelessly tooth and nail for this country. Jona please please give us a break my brother. This country needs to revamp its economy in many ways than one. We cant progress any further as long as your presence in government among other things is to cause mayhem in your capacity as an alleged CIA. President must do something about Jona. We have always known our President to put his foot down on such matters but on Jona. Are you failing to put straight your unwavering stance on this matter?? We are tired of this circus please Mr President. Bring sanity to our nation, we cry our beloved country.

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