Still No Evidence That Mugabe Resigned – Jonathan Moyo


JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was sacked as president illegally and the international community must help remove the “military government” that has taken power or risk the country descending into chaos, an exiled Mugabe loyalist said on Friday.

Mugabe, 93, stood down last November, a week after the army and his former political allies turned against him, ending nearly four decades of rule marred by allegations of corruption, human rights abuses and economic negligence.

His former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, whose sacking prompted the military takeover that forced Mugabe out, was sworn in as president and the general who led the de facto coup, Constantino Chiwenga, was installed as his deputy.

Mugabe’s resignation came in the form of a written statement and he has not spoken since.

“The president was alleged to have resigned. There is no evidence,” Jonathan Moyo, a cabinet minister under Mugabe, told Reuters by phone from an undisclosed location, in one of the first detailed accounts from a Mugabe supporter since the coup.

“It is completely unsustainable for anyone to say Mugabe resigned voluntarily when we know the army took over all institutions of the state and confined him to his residence. You have to be applying a Banana Republic model to say he resigned.”

Moyo was the fiercely combative mouthpiece for a faction in the ruling ZANU-PF party that opposed Mnangagwa and backed Mugabe’s 52-year old wife, Grace, to succeed him.

Mugabe’s departure brought tens of thousands of jubilant Zimbabweans onto the streets and was widely cheered by leaders in Africa and the West.

But Moyo said the international community, including the African Union and the United Nations, was making a huge mistake if it legitimised a government that came to power via a coup.

“This is a military government. You cannot send the arsonists to be the fire brigade,” he said.

He said the public was currently living in unprecedented fear of the former soldiers who have taken political office but eventually the masses would not stand for an “illegal regime”.


“If you don’t intervene when there has been such an outrageous, brazen attack on a constitutional order, you are simply opening the floodgates to conflict,” he said.

“If they don’t act, just as the sun will rise tomorrow, Zimbabwe will be another Somalia. There will be bloodshed.”

Government officials could not immediately be reached for comment. But in response to earlier criticisms levelled by Moyo, government spokesman George Charamba said on Thursday the issue of legitimacy or illegitimacy did not arise.

He pointed to large demonstrations in November calling for Mugabe’s departure and “across the political spectrum support” for his replacement by a new administration.

“So really this is a bitter, bitter defeated politician,” Charamba said.

Many of Mugabe’s political allies were either arrested by the military in a series of spectacular raids in the early hours of Nov. 15 or they fled into neighbouring countries.

Moyo said he narrowly escaped with his life.

“This was not Mickey Mouse stuff. There was heavy gunfire for 15 minutes. They shot stun grenades in the house. I was there with my wife and children,” Moyo said, adding that he has since fled to another country over fears for his safety.

“They still have aspirations to harm me.”

Grace Mugabe’s accelerating presidential ambitions contributed to Mnangagwa and the military taking action to prevent her taking over from her ailing husband.

Moyo, a figure reviled in much of Zimbabwe for his often brutal verbal assaults on detractors, says he has no regrets.

“I will never, ever accept the proposition that those who use violence have outsmarted me,” he said.

“I would rather be hated for standing for my principles and believing in the rule of law than be feared that if people don’t agree with me I will unleash the tanks.”

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  • Doctor Future

    Jonso has valid points invalidated by the comparisons on situations before and after. No more sanctioned state thieves (traffic police), no more sacred cows insulated against prosecution for criminal activies, no more public insults of fellow citizens.

    I wish were around to see a new people friendly government like the one in power now.

  • Brilliant

    Jonso apart from being emotional and corrupt , you are definitely more intelligent and a better leader in ZANU PF. You are smarter than anyone in the ZANU PF camps. Without a bullet you can single easily bury all of them. Keep on, who knows you can one day resurrect from the dead. Your points are valid .

  • simbarashe

    continue dreaming you Mugaberish fool. we are happy and very happy here in our mother land. I am sure there will be bloodshed where you are hiding. Not here sir. uya unzwe kutonga kwe gamba. matsotsi mu road out, ma company aakaputsa avakuvhurwa. Freedom of speech yati tiii. POSA, AIIPA Indeginous Act are following you mubako. Dream and dream about bloodshed while e live in peace.

  • Wezhira Wezheve Wezhowezhowe

    Jonso haana nyaya guys.Let us rewind a bit back to 2008.Mugabe was defeated by Tsvangirayi in the harmonized elections.He unleashed serious violence on the masses during the run up to the infamous 27 June runoff.We all know of the short sleave and long sleave issues.People were maimed and killed,houses were burnt,all because Mugabe did not want to concede defeat.Saka vakuru vakati kugocha kunoda kwaamai kwemwana kunodzima moto.Jonso did not see anything wrong with this because he retained or was appointed into cabinet.He is the same person who scoffed at the disappearence of Itai Dzamara,claiming that he was hidding in some foreign country.Now it is his turn to be a real fugitive,and he cries the loudest.Coup yakatanga na Mugabe muna 2008 and Mnangagwa and team have just perfected it.I am happy with the new dispensession,nomatter how they came into power.Jonso must stop speaking for Zimbabweans as we are all blessed to have mouthes and voices.Kana achida ngaatangewo bato rake rezvematongerwo enyika tione.

  • Billet Magara

    …And a mental patient cannot be the psychiatrist either

  • mbeva

    haana ma pointa apa nyaya iripo chete ndeiya inonzi zvainakidza Jonso kuona mbudzi ichi nyenga imbwa. Manje imbwa yaakunyengawo mbudzi Jonso aakuti hazviiti munokanganisa usavi.

  • Brad

    Jonathan Moyo is now mad. Everyone else is dumb and he is the only clever one in the room. So he wants to be shown the resignation letter? As who? Hamheno imi veZimeye muri kumupa space yekuvukura munenge munatwowo.

  • Hey Joe

    I dislike Msorobhangu after his destruction of independent press and his support of the Ho. But he does have valid points. Would have Dzasukwa stepped down without military intervention? I know the people couldn’t risk going on the streets as Chihure’s Gestapo were waiting to pounce.

  • Charles Maereka

    Matsotsi haagerani

  • nyamhangambiri

    Musorobhangu wanga usina kuzvitarisiraka zvakaitika izvi inonzi, operation restore legacy kana wanga usina kuudzwa. you schemed and plotted against the people of Zimbabwe zvakashaya basa-Even the so called MDC T you were scheming against it. Gwauta zvako kkkkkkk

  • Julius

    Musorobhangu nyarara,handiti waiti kungovukura vukura