ED's 'victim' speaks out

HARARE - Legendary newscaster, Godfrey Majonga, yesterday broke his silence on whether Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa forced him to plunge several storeys out of a Harare apartment window during an alleged clash over a woman in 1987, the Daily News can report.

This comes after Mugabe told a bumper crowd in Bindura on Saturday that a 72-minute video presented in the Zanu PF politburo by Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo on July 19 claimed Mnangagwa almost killed and succeeded in ending the career of the then ZBC television star.

Mugabe claimed at the weekend rally that Mnangagwa found Majonga in a flat of his girlfriend and, raging with fury, allegedly forced the soft-spoken media personality to choose between sitting on a red-hot stove or jumping to his death from the third floor of a downtown high rise building in the capital.

Majonga allegedly took the easy route of jumping through the window of the flat where the stand-off occurred, according to Mugabe.

The former broadcaster, who now heads a nine-member Zimbabwe Media Commission  — the reformed regulatory body presiding over the media sector — sustained multiple injuries following the fall, with his nervous system devastated by spinal cord injuries from blunt force trauma after landing on hard concrete.

He became paralysed and wheelchair-bound for life.

Ironically, the incident took place in the same year that Zanu and Zapu signed the Unity Accord to end the bloodletting in the Midlands and Matabeleland Province, through what became known as the Gukurahundi era.

Upon being contacted for comment yesterday, Majonga initially told the Daily News that he could not give details over the murky episode because he had not watched Mugabe’s speech at the Mashonaland Central youth interface meeting.

After narrating to him what Mugabe said, he said: “Handina chekutaura, madii kuvabvunza ivo? Handina kuzvinzwa ndanga ndiri kufuneral. (I have nothing to say, why don’t you ask the people making the allegations? Besides, I didn’t hear what the president said, I was attending a funeral).”

He went on: “The people who can help you is the person making the allegations. I have no comment.”

Majonga is now the director of Danhiko Project, established soon after Zimbabwe attained its independence to provide education and skills training as well as rehabilitation to ex-combatants who had abandoned their education midway in order to take part in the war of liberation.

While the first five year of the project were exclusive to ex-combatants, Danhiko now caters for all the disabled who want to attain skills in different trades.

Mugabe’s wife, Grace, is its patron.

Efforts to obtain comment from Moyo were fruitless yesterday.

In an explosive video — which he used in defence of embattled Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere — Moyo alleged that Mnangagwa was a callous and cruel leader hell-bent on usurping Mugabe’s power.

Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, has vowed to run for another five-year term in 2018 despite widespread accusations that his government has abused human rights and destroyed the once-prosperous economy.

Moyo’s video — presented on a smart board in the politburo — spotlights a nine-page document called Blue Ocean, allegedly authored by Mnangagwa and his allies, claiming that the vice president was the designated successor or that he was the only successor on the verge of taking over anytime now.

Mugabe told the rally that Moyo had excavated dirt on Mnangagwa’s role in the 2004 Tsholotsho plot meant to further the vice president’s presidential chances.

Those supporting these principles envisaged a presidium with Mugabe, a Zezuru, as president, Mnangagwa, a Karanga, as one vice-president with an Ndebele co-vice-president, and a “young Turk” and legal advisor to Zanu PF, Patrick Chinamasa (Manyika), as national chairman.

After catching wind of the plot, Mugabe responded by suspending six provincial chairpersons and the rest of the coup plotters but spared Mnangagwa after he had distanced himself from the alleged plot.

A prominent turncoat politician, Moyo was a key player in the drama that unfolded.

According to Mugabe, Moyo never forgave Mnangagwa for refusing to take responsibility for his role in the ill-fated Tsholotsho debacle for which the political science professor was suspended together with a handful Zanu PF provincial chairs in 2004.

“Ndokubva azotsvaga dzimwe cases dzaakatipa, mutorododo wakadai wezviito zvavaMnangagwa. Haa zvimwe zvisina kunaka. Vakakonzera uyu mukomana aiva chirema anonzani, vasangana kuimba yemusikana, Majonga yah.

“Vasangana ipapo Majonga ndiye aidanana nemusikana uyu akanzi iwe kana uchada hupenyu you make a choice wogara pachitofu ichi chiri kupisa or you jump out through the window hameno kuti kana akapihwa those two choices I suppose munhu ipapo unenge usisina pfungwa yakatwasanuka.

“Akaona as just one of the two. No, ko dai akangoti resist, do what you can I will not do either of the them asi akangovhunduka akava nervous ndokubva asarudza kuzvidonhedza, ndozvatinonzwa kuti akajamba nekuwindow, kujamba nepawindow means storeys down.

Akatyokawoka, zvino angova chirema but he still has his brains, arikuma disabled uko, hameno kana zvirizvo vaMnangagwa vanoti havamboziva nyaya iyoyo.

Ndoimwe yakanyorwawo iyoyo yanezvimwe zvakati kuti, zvino vaMnangagwa vakati, fine ndichamupindura. Vakandiudza musi uno kuti vakapedza,” Mugabe said.

Mugabe said Mnangagwa, who is still recovering from suspected poisoning, had prepared his response to Moyo.

“He had some 65 pages of reply but nehurwere hwavainahwo he can only stand achitaura perhaps 15 or so minutes but kana asimba he will reply to him,” Mugabe said.

“Ndidzo nyaya dzimwe dzinotivhiringa muparty, personal differences, attacks and ambitions — zvatinoda kuti zvipere.”

Comments (20)

The headline is misleading. Majonga did not speak out.

Josh - 12 September 2017

The contents of your article do not justify the headline.

xyz - 12 September 2017

Daily News now owned by Jonathan Moyo. Daily News vakatokangamwa chanezuro nehope. Jonathan Moyo once you are done with ED don't forget the finish off the Daily News. Your first bomb was not effective. They write sensational headlines with nothing!

dick mboko - 12 September 2017

Hapana zvamataura apa.Hamuchisina nyaya mazuvaano mava kungorotomoka semunhu akataura nyaya iyoyi parally.Iye akanga asingazvizive here makore ose aya. Hypocrite iri kuda kusiya mukadzi wayo pachigaro. Ko zvako iwe zvichataurwa naani?

chimuti - 12 September 2017

Daily news-daily liars! And please not all of us can read shona so translate because this is disrespectful to those who cannot read isishona!! majonga actually spoke out in a subtle way .he seems to confirm the allegations by not denying them!

Tom - 12 September 2017

And by the way while i dont like Ed -your headlines should read "-Ed's alleged victim" !! Otherwise you will get sued!

Tom - 12 September 2017

Tom, the word "victim" is in inverted commas to show that it is alleged!!!

Valembe - 12 September 2017

Yes please Majonga spoke out! Its only that what he said is not what you were expecting when you saw the headline, then after reading through what he said in your warped minds you now think he didn't say anything?Don't always read articles expecting to hear what you think one should have said.Majonga indeed spoke out!

Janana wa Bikaz - 12 September 2017

The fact that Majonga refused to shed light is in itself incriminating. If the claim was not true, he would have said it outright and proffered a true explanation of his incident. We grew up all knowing about this event and now that the HE sorrounded by C10s simply confirms a public secret. Good report actually. Now we want you to latch on to Mutsvangwa's serious allegation that Sekeramayi is not a qualified MD. The burden of proof is upon him and reporters here is an oportunity for a scoop.

Alooter Continua - 12 September 2017

This is a silly story and this Majonga fellow must now spill the beans and if he does not he s equally silly.

eliasha - 12 September 2017

Lets wait a Solid flipping minute here, is the girlfriend referred to then now the current wife of ED, anyone with a flipping idea. What is going on here , this is all about prostitution if i read this correctly.

eliasha - 12 September 2017

Clearly shows Zimbabwe is doomed, cursed, forsaken and eff'ed. Tens of thousands of people going to a rally to hear this crap!! My goosh. When will Presidential candidates map out a plan to resolve the current crises drowning the country!!

zuze - 12 September 2017

Why now,? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ko zvimwe zvisiri kutaurwa, Pamire, Makamba, Kuruneri.Gezi, the list is long

Peter James - 12 September 2017

politics is always a game of the minds

ConcernedCitizen - 12 September 2017

what kind of journalism is this ?so misleading deliver us from this kind of gutter press.......

IS THIS JOURNALISM? - 12 September 2017

Mugabe killed Mujuru, Tongogara, Chitepo and the list goes on. All ZANU PF people are murderers.

Ziziharinanyanga - 12 September 2017

Majonga said a lot. He refused to back Jonathan Moyo lies. What did you expecthim to say The President lied. ? Wake up. Mugabe went to a rally with lies. Gossip. A whole president running the country on gossip. Zvinonyadzisa. Majonga clearly said Go back to your allegations guy Moyo and get your story. He did not give the story in the first place. What kind of journalism writing first without verification then asking for confirmation of your view. Remember Majonga himself is a journalist- a damn good one at that. He will not allow himself to be used in a smear campaign.

Grace Jones - 13 September 2017

Sekuru vakura. vachazobudisa nyaya dzisingaiti. A full president must not engage in cheap politics. mabasa 2mimillion aripi? Zvinobatsira nyika pakudii?

Ndonga - 13 September 2017

The next interface rally, we will see Majonga being asked to come and narrate the story for the public , after that he will be accommodated at state house, imi, politcs is a game of thrones. ED has greatly manifested serious maturity that now qualifies him to take the reigns of our ruins. He chose to focus on developmental issues . Those issues happended way in the long past and he has been mature enough to seal cans of worms from the past. i think the end of it all will turn bloody as there is so much to lose and so much to win at stake...#Ishe komboreraiAfrica

Masola wamiruki - 14 September 2017

Majonga used to be a critical journalist back in the days when Nathan Shamuyarira was Min of Information. It was a pleasure to watch ZTV then. After the mishap, he had to depend on Zanu (RF) who found a jobfor him at the Media Commission. What would you expect him to say? He is also cornered; next, people will want to know the name of the girl friend and the name of the flat and witnesses and dates & times etc imi? We might never know the full truth, just like who killed Edison Sithole, Herbert Chitepo, Josiah Tongogara, Peter Pamire, Rashiwe Guzha, Itai Dzamara etc to name a few. We still have idiots ululating for murderers in Zimbabwe, its sad.

Sagitarr - 19 September 2017

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