Mystery over G40 petition

AFRICAN Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat has rubbished claims by former Zanu PF officials that a petition has been forwarded to the continental body detailing military excesses during the transition in November last year that brought down former President Robert Mugabe’s administration.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Interestingly, however, the AU is said to have received the document on February 5, 2018, with the body’s outgoing chairman and Guinea President Alpha Conde signing for it.

Bizarrely, an official from the AU Commission said to be Mahamat is said to have signed as receiving the petition on the same day as well, according to online documents, adding to the intrigue.

Mugabe’s nephew and ex-Cabinet minister, Patrick Zhuwao has claimed that a new political outfit known as the New Patriotic Front made up of leading figures of a defeated faction of the ruling party known as G40, had approached the AU to assist in resolving the political problems in Zimbabwe.

But Mahamat, who arrived in the country late yesterday, and met Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo said the issue of the petition was news to him.

“I am just learning from you now, I have not received any petition,” he said in response to questions from journalists.

The document, circulated to the media, was meant to coincide with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s maiden appearance at the AU summit last month, urged the body not to recognise the new administration born out of the November 15 military intervention.

“The New Patriotic Front writes to you to bring to your attention the extraordinary, unconstitutional, illegitimate and abnormal situation that exists in Zimbabwe today, as a direct result of the military coup that took place in the country on November 15, 2017,” the petition read.

The petition argued that Mugabe as President had not deployed the military on November 15 and, therefore, the actions of the army were illegal.

Mahamat added that his visit was in solidarity with Zimbabweans.


“I want to say that I am visiting Zimbabwe to show our solidarity with this great country of Africa. I have come with the commissioner in charge of political affairs.

“We will continue to discuss issues of concern to Zimbabwe and the African Union. I shall discuss with the President of the Republic (Mnangagwa) how the African Union can support Zimbabwe in this transition period and organisation of election,” he said.

The AU boss said he will meet Mnangagwa and was happy with how government has “opened up the political space” ahead of elections expected later this year.

“We also appreciate highly how the government and the President have opened up the political field so that there can be free, fair and credible elections,” he said.

“We will also work with the government to see how these sanctions can be removed.”

According to documents shared online, the chairperson of the Sadc organ on politics defence and security, Angolan President Joao Lourenco received the petition on February 2 this year.

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19 Comments

  1. The Second Coming

    “Interestingly, however, the AU is said to have received the document on February 5, 2018, with the body’s outgoing chairman and Guinea President Alpha Conde signing for it”

    “According to documents shared online, the chairperson of the Sadc organ on politics defence and security, Angolan President Joao Lourenco received the petition on February 2 this year”

    The AU received it on Feb 5 but vamwe vakuruwo vemuAU vacho vanga vatova naro kare but boss wavo anoti haatozvizivi kuti kune petition yakauya wobva washaya kuti zvinofambasei. Thus how Aficans behave

    1. GET RID OF ZANU CONSTITUTION ( COMMUNIST )

    2. kusvika kwetsamba handi kuverengwa kwayo. there is a reason the coup that was not a coup succeeded and it is that these bodies in some way or another were complicit and most likely had prior knowledge, which means noone want to address or even acknowledge letters from G40. if G40 is as popular and as powerful as they thought then lets go to the ballot box. all this noise is pointless at this point it already happened and it will be rectified at elections in less than 6 months.

  2. The fact of the matter is that Ed is in power via a coup and is thus an illegitimate president-finish and klaar!No matter how it is sanitized it was a coup. Note how Cyril Ramaphosa has quickly told the SA defence forces to stay clear from politics. It tells me that he views the Zim situation as unacceptable while it does appear as if Zuma accepted it Ramaphosa held a different view. Africa is a sad case indeed!

    1. TOM, BOB WAS ILLEGITIMATE TO BEGIN WITH. HE STOLE THE ELECTION FROM PRESIDENT TSVANGIRAYI IN 2008. TOM U ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY. ISU VARIMUZIMBABWE TINOFARA KUTI BOB AND COMPANY ARE GONE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES THAT STARTED A COUP IN 2008. YOU LIVE BY THE SWORD YOU DIE BY THE SWORD.

  3. there is no mystery of any dubious pertition but this g40 creature is now history and there know that there cant mess around with rtd general chiwenga not in a thousand years as he has firm grip on military power for now.

    1. EXACTLY! G40 MAJAIRA AND MUNOPENGA MUNOTUNGAMIRIRWA NAMAI VANOPENGA. G HAANA PhD RAAKAITA, HOYO nYAGURA ZVAMUBATA. NYAGURA UNOPENGA.

  4. RICHARD CHIDZA, who signed the so called petition? I thought it was obvious fake news by the Gay40

  5. no wonder why this continent will remain i quote D Trump “shithole” continent, its so sad that a high official is refusing to honour that he received just a piece of paper, thats the highest level of corruption by the continental body. we expect more from these thugs masquerading as continental leaders.

    1. this organisation called OAU is confused if you can believe them you can believe anything when zimbabwe was going through political turmoil they were quiet infact they were dining with mugabe.Am sorry to call it a useless organisation.The way Robert Mugabe was removed is not right whether you like it or not although i dont like mugabe the facts remain to be said.

      1. Bob akatobaya ende hatikendenge. What matters to some of us is that he is gone……….there is no better way to have removed him. Chiwenga ndizvo nevakomana vepfuti ava……….live by the gun, die by the same

        1. WAGONA! AVA VARIKUWAWATA NDEVE GAY40 VAKADZINGWA.

  6. The likes of Zhuwao, Jonathan Moyo, Grace Mugabe and others, brought the country to its knees. Now they want to come back under another name and take over the country. It’s a joke folks. Zimbabweans are not fools. Let’s all work together for a new, strong economy. We all deserve it.

    1. YOU ARE RIGHT! G40 IS GONE. TAKUTOONA ZVEMBERI.

  7. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakohamandishe

    Comment…Zvagara zvinoitika musashmisika nazvo. Bato rinokwidza rikanyunyuta hazvigariskwe nekukasika kana hazvigadziriskwe zvachose. Tose ngatizive kuti, dziva rinogona kuva zambuko, zvimwezvo nezambuko. Hazvina kutanga nhasi munyaya dzezvematongerwo enyika. Bato riri panyanga rinova rinokwikwidza mangwana, rinokwikwidza rava panyangawo. Izvi zvinoitika UK, USA nedzimwe nyika. Chinodiwa kugadzira Bumbiro
    rinotevedzwa nemazvo nemapato ose ezve matongerwo enyika. Iri rapinda rotevera mutemo. Iro rapinda, zvimwechetezvo. Ndokugarisana zvakanaka kunodiwa. Kuitira kuti tisaita semadindingwe.

  8. What postal proof does Patriot Front or G40 have that this letter was posted and signed for by someone in the AU. Can they provide this information so we the public can make a clear determination, withuot proof its just an unfounded allegation. Under the law, AU are not obligated to prove anything, its up to the G40 group to provide proof stating their case.

  9. G40 kkkkk a bunch of ignorant professors and messrs led by an old fool powered by a psychopath woman. Their fortune ran out when The General took Nehandas prescription Tora Gidi Uzvitonge. Quite old but works in the 21 century to deal with a stupid bunch.

  10. Bob is gone, and gone for good. We have to elect E D and his team come mid this year or go for someone else. But Bob is gone and speedily fading back into history, forever and ever and ever to infinity.

  11. Zhoao patricio the Mozambiquean wrote the later, took the later and amended fake signatures. Very fraudulent. Investigation will prove this. Hakuna tsamba yakasvika kwese ikoko

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