Jonathan Moyo Warns Britain Mnangagwa Could Become a Muzorewa

One of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s bitter rivals Jonathan Moyo has warned Britain that by openly supporting Mnangagwa it could be making the same mistake it made by backing Zimbabwe-Rhodesian Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa at independence.

Muzorewa who was Prime Minister prior to the elections leading to Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, lost dismally to Robert Mugabe winning only three seats out of the 80 that were reserved for blacks at the time.

Mugabe won 57 and Joshua Nkomo who was leading the Zimbabwe African People’s Union at the time won 20.

Moyo’s comments came after what he described as Stephen Sackur’s “crass” interview with the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa on the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Sackur grilled Chamisa on his grabbing power hours after Morgan Tsvangirai death, his promises of introducing a bullet train between Harare and Bulawayo and the violence against former colleague Thokozani Khupe at Tsvangirai’s funeral.

He heaped praise on Mnangagwa for the reforms he had made since he took over from Mugabe in November last year.

“After @stephensackur’s crass @BBCHARDtalk with @nelsonchamisa, there’s growing chatter @CatrionaLaing1 is behaving more like #JuntaPF’s Commissar to Britain than UK’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe. They’ve forgotten how such support for incumbent Muzorewa in 1980 ended in UK shame!” Jonathan Moyo tweeted.

Moyo who left the country soon after the military intervention is pushing from all sides to prevent Mnangagwa from winning the coming elections.

He has even suggested that Mugabe should rally the opposition forces into a Grand National Union by throwing his weight behind them to restore legitimacy.

He said it is now “time to quit mumbo jumbo stuff” because “If it’s not about strategy & tactics, it’s useless & a waste of time at this stage!”

He went on: “God help Zim if the opposition forces don’t currently have engine rooms that are all about formulating & implementing strategy & tactics, against an illegitimate junta that illegally & unconstitutionally grabed power, & now seeks to legitimize itself via an illegitimate election!”-Insider

Jessie Majome Withdraws From MDC Alliance

MDC-T legislator for Harare West constituency Ms Jessie Majome has withdrawn her candidature in the opposition party’s primary elections, saying the playing field was not level.

Ms Majome, the first Member of Parliament to represent Harare West following her election in 2008, announced her decision during a Press briefing.

She was re-elected to represent her constituency in 2013.

Ms Majome said she was prompted to withdraw her candidature owing to manipulations of the party guidelines.

“Before the close of the 8th Parliament, I was seeking re-election for Harare West Constituency under the banner MDC Alliance,” said Ms Majome.

“However, sadly for me in this primary election, I have noted several factors that I cannot ignore, which I have highlighted to my party which I believe, honestly, constitute manipulation of my party guidelines towards a fair outcome to the extent in my view regrettably so, that the will of bona fide and genuine Harare Westerners would be lost in that process.

“In the light of this, I wish to advise the Harare Westerners that, because they had placed their confidence in me, that I am withdrawing with a heavy heart my candidature for MDC Alliance for Harare West Constituency . . . because of the reasons that I have given in detail to my party.”

Ms Majome, however, gave her constituency assurance that she would continue to have their interest at heart and would always communicate with them on the way forward for the “best of the community”.

She added that the reason why she had offered herself to serve her constituency was that she wanted Harare West and everyone who lives and works there access to the best possible life.

Reports say Ms Majome could have quit because Mr Chamisa wanted to impose Ms Joana Mamombe in Harare West.

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