Moyo wants to be president: Mutsvangwa

HARARE - Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo — one of the fiercest critics of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa — is being groomed by the Generation 40 (G40) faction to become the next Zanu PF leader, war veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa has claimed.

Mutsvangwa, chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), said Moyo is a “traitor”, adding that the G40 faction, also linked to First Lady Grace Mugabe, has now unleashed its “parrots” in the form of Manicaland State minister Mandi Chimene to attack genuine ex-freedom fighters.

“Jonathan Moyo: once a traitor always a traitor...I exposed his wartime desertion. I am thwarting his attempt to take over party leadership,” he said yesterday.

“We are checking G40 ambitions to surreptitiously usurp power using the cloak of illicit access to the apex of power as they take advantage of the advanced age of the president (Robert Mugabe) of the republic,” he said.

This comes as Mugabe, in power since independence 1980, is now getting increasingly frail.

Speculation over his health has triggered a frenzied succession battle in Zanu PF pitting the G40 faction and Team Lacoste, which has been linked to Mnangagwa.

Reacting angrily to a State media columnist going by the moniker Bishop Lazarus, who described war veterans as “puppies”, Mutsvangwa claimed that the G40 faction, fiercely opposed to Mnangagwa’s ascendency, is now propping Moyo up to become the country’s next president.

Asked whether war veterans are “puppies”, Mutsvangwa retorted: “They (ex-freedom fighters) are full blown grey hounds, bulldogs and Rottweilers. Ian Smith learnt that to his great political and military cost.”

“As war veterans, we are naturally more alert and vigilant because of historical pedigree,” he said.

Last week, the war veterans appeared to touch a raw nerve when they vowed to proceed with their meeting that they rescheduled for Friday, notwithstanding that it is not sanctioned by police.

Despite backing down on their earlier decision to dump Mugabe as their patron, the war veterans remain renegades in the eyes of the ruling party, with the nonagenarian leader reportedly angry at their continued attacks on his leadership.

During his 93rd birthday interview, Mugabe said Mutsvangwa is one of the few people in Zanu PF who criticise his rule, as he dismissed the country’s opposition parties as good as dead.

The former freedom fighters — whose national executive is recognised at law — claim there is an attempt to grab power from Mugabe through a bedroom coup.

Mutsvangwa also fired volleys at the rival war veterans association led by Chimene.

He particularly took umbrage with her claims in the State media that he deserted the liberation struggle and was always a rebel.

“...Chimene is not a war veteran...she is creating her own Mutsvangwa. I was never arrested as Vashandi.

“Every night at 8pm I broadcasted on Voice of Zimbabwe from Radio Mozambique as of 1977. I came back to Rhodesia on the same flight as the president in 1979.

“...Chimene is a parrot voice of Moyo, the deserter and traitor,” he said.

In the past, Mutsvangwa has sensationally claimed that Mugabe is now being held hostage by the G40 faction which is now preventing him from executing his government duties.

While the Team Lacoste faction has openly declared that its preferred candidate to succeed Mugabe is Mnangagwa, the G40 faction has been pushing for Mugabe to continue even beyond next year’s watershed elections.

Moyo did not respond to questions sent to him yesterday.

Comments (10)

Was Chris Mutsvangwa not expelled from Zanu? How can he be thwarting someones ambition of taking over as leader of a club that he was chased away from? Moyo leading zanu is very unlikely infact its impossible, zanu is a zezuru tribal outfit.

Galore - 14 March 2017

Chris arikudya kudoma First Lady kkkk. Nangananga naMoyo waakadherera kkkkk Why not go sraight to Mai Dr. ?

selele - 14 March 2017

Stupid idiot Mutswangwa, what wrong about having an ambition to be the president? It would be great if every single Zimbabwean should aspire for the top position. What carries their ambition will be their plan to achieve this and what they want to do for Zimbabweans and the world in general

dotiyenja - 15 March 2017

Its a really shame for Mutsvangwa. Tshiyana lo Moyo wena. Whats wrong with Mutsvangwa? Akutshiyane lo Jonathan. Kutshengisa ukuthi uyakwesaba Jona. Tshiyana laye lowo. Now am thinking twice about the death of your daughter. They thought they would silence you. The truth will come out one day. Jona lets pray mtakwethu. Iqiniso lizaphuma. After losing your child you find people still insulting you instead of comforting you. Manje mira uone. Jona pray on your side and I will pray this side.

Jona - 15 March 2017

Which party is this man representing. He has been linked to several since he was fired from ZANU PF.. Some is wrong about him.

NYAKANYAKA - 15 March 2017

Hi Chris, Mandy Chimene, is a genuine War Vet, I was with her at Chimoi, Are you aware of the Team yema Exhuma yeku Darwin, ndaive naye, mamwe ma Cdes ari Ku Chimoi anomuziva, ndiye ega na mai Mujuru vari ku batsira mhuri ye Zimbabwe kupa Magamba achiri Musango a beffiting burial , iwe uchingo rotomoka, Ma Cdes Pa Chimoi akataura kuti Zimbabwe haizofi yakanaka as long asmapfupa evamwe vavo vachiri musango vachi rumwa nema svesve uye kunaiwa nemvura, imi mava kanganwa asi nguva yehondo maiti sara Cde tichauya tookutora, I am aware of all this, Mugabe knows this as well. ZIMBABWE kunaka kwete pari zvino, endai munoona magate akaiswa paChimoi, kunyaradza vakafirapo, asi hazvinake kana musina kuno vatora,

Nicholas Nyamvura - 15 March 2017

Chimene is an idiot

IsheZimuto - 15 March 2017

I thought moto mouth Chris was expelled from zanu. So why is worried about wat happens in zanu. It really must be cold out there hey!! Jonathan do not respond to this mad man. It will be beneath you to do so. The press is giving the time of day so it can sell newspapers because any news which mentions you (Jonah) sells!! You must be a force indeed. Let that mad fellow freeze in the cold. the dude is bitter haibo!!!!

Tom - 15 March 2017

Mutsvangwa behaves like he was the only Rambo against Ian Smith. Where was he deployed on the actual war front. This man was just a mujibha singing and broadcasting propaganda while real man fought in the front. Mugabe knows what happened at Chimoi and a lot of historians think Mugabe engineered the attacks coz he was the first one to visit and he used the opportunity to lambast then leader Sithole who was conspicuous by his absence hence his rule has always been haunted by those sacrificial deaths. it is indeed informative that it was only after Chimoio that Mugabe became earnestly leader of Zanu PF.

Godonga - 23 March 2017

Mutsvangwa behaves like he was the only Rambo against Ian Smith. Where was he deployed on the actual war front. This man was just a mujibha singing and broadcasting propaganda while real man fought in the front. Mugabe knows what happened at Chimoi and a lot of historians think Mugabe engineered the attacks coz he was the first one to visit and he used the opportunity to lambast then leader Sithole who was conspicuous by his absence hence his rule has always been haunted by those sacrificial deaths. it is indeed informative that it was only after Chimoio that Mugabe became earnestly leader of Zanu PF.

Godonga - 23 March 2017

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