Jonathan Moyo attacks Grace Mugabe

FORMER Zanu-PF propagandist Professor Jonathan Moyo says he could not stop the military coup of November 2017 because former President Robert Mugabe never believed it when Moyo warned him of the impending military takeover of power.

Moyo also revealed that Mugabe’s widow, Grace, is not Presidential material, contrary to popular belief that Moyo and other members of the vanquished former G40 faction were rooting for Grace to take over power.

“My working relationship with President Mugabe was mixed. He never trusted my political instinct but he trusted my professional abilities. To him, I was an outsider and not part of his inner circle. He liked my Tsholotsho family roots which relate to his father and half-siblings!” Moyo told an online publication, Open Parly, via Twitter.

A few months before Mugabe was toppled from power by his own army generals, Moyo had warned in a Zanu-PF Politburo meeting that a coup was brewing.

“I was not in a position to stop the military coup beyond alerting President Mugabe, who was the Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, that a coup was brewing up.

He added that he wanted another former Cabinet Minister, Sydney Sekeramayi, to take over from Mugabe because Grace was not presidential material even though she wanted power and was already one foot in when the army toppled Mugabe.


Said Moyo:

I was not in a position to prepare Amai Mugabe to take over from her husband. The chilling thought of getting involved in President Mugabe’s family matters never crossed my fearful mind.

And I never saw her as presidential material. My public choice was Sydney Sekeramayi!

Professor Jonathan Moyo

In another startling revelation, Moyo said the then defence forces commander Constantino Chiwenga was architect behind the November 2017 military and President Emmerson Mnangagwa was merely a beneficiary of the political developments.

“It’s a no brainer that the November 2017 military coup was masterminded by Chiwenga with the support of ‘the command element’”, Moyo said.

He added that Chiwenga and other former securocrats now regretted placing Mnangagwa on the top of the power matrix.

“Mnangagwa was a key beneficiary, not the architect, of the coup because the commanders, who now regret it, needed a political face to front the coup!” Moyo said.

“My message to the people of Zimbabwe is that no matter your political affiliation, Zanu PF must go in the national interest to save lives and protect livelihoods. The military must get out of politics. That’s the only way out of the political quagmire in the country!” Moyo says.

Apart from Jonathan Moyo, other former G40 factionalists who are now out of favour with Zanu-PF include Saviour Kasukuwere, Walter Mzembi, Mandiitawepi Chimene, Godfrey Gandawa and Patrick Zhuwao, among others.

The events of November 2017 were supported by both Zanu-PF and MDC legislators and leaders including Nelson Chamisa and Morgan Tsvangirai, who desperately wanted Mugabe gone at all costs. – Zimbabwe Voice