Zimbabwe: Jonathan Moyo Floors Grace

Former First Lady Grace Mugabe and former Cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo.
11 September 2018

Former cabinet minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo has launched a vitriolic attack on the wife of Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe, Grace who called on his colleagues to forgive President Emmerson Mnangagwa and move on, saying the remarks attributed to her betray her lack of political experience.

Moyo who is in self imposed exile following last November's military coup that dethroned Mugabe said Grace's remarks were unfortunate, false and insensitive adding that it is an absurd corruption of public morality and ethos for the former first lady to claim that Mnangagwa's gesture to hire her a private plane constitutes a political paradigm for the country to move on.

"Mrs Mugabe's sentiments as reported by Standard are most unfortunate. They are unfortunate because they are false and insensitive. People who are national leaders or who aspire for national leadership must, above everything else, be truthful and sensitive," said Moyo.

He added that Mrs Mugabe was indeed well within her rights to thank Mnangagwa for assisting her family at a time of need, but she had no rhyme or reason or right to turn that into a national cause. Even worse, it is shocking to hear that Mrs Mugabe claims to be the one person who was affected the most by the November military coup.

"It is important to have principles. It is important to be with the people and for the people. Mrs Mugabe can move on with Mnangagwa. But the people are not going to be part of that movement. The people are moving in a different direction. Their vote was stolen.

"Their compatriots were murdered in cold blood and some were maimed; and their livelihoods were destroyed. This happened last month," fumed the former Higher and Tertiary education minister.

Last week, Grace Mugabe described President Emmerson Mnangagwa as God given while calling on her colleagues who were fired from the ruling Zanu PF following a military coup to move on.

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