Mnangagwa and Moyo fall out over Chiwenga

Relations between Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo have soured dramatically in recent months, after Moyo, a notorious political turncoat, deserted his former ally to begin promoting the presidential ambitions of army General Constantine Chiwenga.

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In 2004 Moyo was named as the chief architect of a meeting held in Tsholotsho to defy Mugabe's directive that ZANU PF must nominate a woman as his deputy. The so-called ‘Tsholotsho Declaration’ supported Mnangagwa who was then Speaker of Parliament, instead of Joice Mujuru, who was eventually chosen that same year.

SW Radio Africa however understands relations between Mnangagwa and Moyo have since deteriorated so badly the two are not even speaking to each other. Moyo is seen regularly visiting Chiwenga at Defence House, the army headquarters which also houses the Ministry of Defence where Mnangagwa is minister.

Mnangagwa is reportedly furious that his former ally has jumped ship and is now de-facto spokesman and strategist for Chiwenga’s camp and its presidential push.

“Moyo visits Chiwenga almost daily and it’s believed he has become the brains behind a clique of ‘not so bright’ army chiefs pushing to have Chiwenga succeed Mugabe,” a source close to developments told SW Radio Africa.

While there has always been talk of infighting within ZANU PF between the Mnangagwa and Solomon Mujuru factions, it is clear to many that a third faction, led by Chiwenga and backed by some in the army, has joined the fray.

Meanwhile it’s reported Mugabe blocked the election of controversial businessman Philip Chiyangwa as vice-chairman of ZANU PF’s Mashonaland West province. Chiyangwa was expelled from ZANU PF several years ago after being arrested and eventually acquitted of selling state secrets.

Mugabe used a recent politburo meeting to put the breaks on Chiyangwa’s political comeback. The reason used to bar Chiyangwa is that he was only recently re-admitted as an ‘ordinary member’ and does not qualify to stand for election. The decision is set to fuel more factional fighting as his supporters are not happy. – SW Radio Africa News

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