Mnangagwa and Moyo ‘exchange blows’ in front of Mugabe

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.

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,”

“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?”

“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. news day