War vets leader: Moyo 'now president'; Grace thinks she’s new Nehanda

Staff Reporter

Jonathan Moyo

Grace Mugabe

WAR veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa claimed Thursday that higher education minister Jonathan Moyo had effectively taken over as president, adding First Lady Grace Mugabe was under the impression she is the new Mbuya Nehanda.

Mutsvangwa was speaking at a press conference in Harare after riot police used water cannon and teargas to brutally disperse hundreds of war veterans who tried to gather for a rally at the City Sports Centre.

The ex-fighters had also planned a march on the ruling Zanu PF party head offices in central Harare as President Robert Mugabe’s succession fight takes an increasingly violent turn.

The war veterans back vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed the 92-year-old Mugabe. But the ex-fighters face formidable opposition from the G40 Zanu PF group which rallies behind Mugabe’s wife Grace.

Mutsvangwa had all along given the impression his faction has the support of the security establishment whose top echelons are dominated by former freedom fighters.

He was rudely surprised Thursday and could not hide his shock at the police reaction.

“I am addressing you with a heavy heart,” he said.

“A heavy heart stemming from the events of this morning, specifically the fact that the police found itself resorting to heavy handed violence against war veterans who were coming to Harare for an extraordinary meeting of the war veterans.

He added: “These are the war veterans who were today and whose delegations were subject to violence by the State.

“They never expected this kind of treatment from the Government which they gave birth to, from a police commanded by a leader which they so much adore also from the commander who shared with them the same trenches in the armed struggle.”

Moyo ‘now president’

He then went on the attack claiming Grace Mugabe was under the influence of spirit mediums.

“There is a mystical movement going on in the party, which is totally an anathema to the revolution,” said the war veterans minister.

“They are even trying to find out who were the traitors to Mbuya Nehanda, among the people living today.

“It is against the religious beliefs because if you get these mystical people in a secular State then you are now having an equivalent of ISIS in Zimbabwe.

“That is where we are going with this kind of occultism which (Manicaland minister and Grace ally) Mandi Chimene is propounding. This kind of mystical behaviour get audience in the wrong places and it drives some Politburo members. It is unacceptable.”

Mutsvangwa then charged at Jonathan Moyo, seen as the key strategist and driver of the G40 group.

“Jonathan Moyo will stop at nothing; he was anticipating this violence. We assume police chiefs in Mat North and the one in Harare probably listened to Jonathan Moyo and were getting orders from Jonathan.”

Moyo was now effectively running the country, Mutsvangwa added.

“He has become de-facto member of the Executive of this country. From nowhere he has become the executive. Jonathan does not need to be elected, but he anoints himself, then he gets the occult of Mandi to ensure that the people of Zimbabwe accept him.

““This is the incestuous relation between the occult and a drive for power which has no basis except for a mystical belief in himself.

“I assume that when he was boasting he knew the deployment of the police he knew the result of today. He must have contrived, wished it and propelled it.

“So, we now have a situation where Jonathan has become de-facto the Executive. We call upon the President as fellow revolutionaries, as loyal people, to take back his powers from this mystical man.


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