Professor Jonathan Moyo has described Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his faction, commonly called Team Lacoste, as a threat to the country. Moyo went as far as calling the actions of team Lacoste “subversive.”
Speaking in his personal capacity at the Sapes Trust Policy Dialogue Forum titled Whither the Nationalist Project in Zimbabwe?, Moyo said
In my analysis, the so-called Team Lacoste poses a clear and present threat to the nationalist project. The threat is dangerous not least because it comes at a time not only when the centrepieces of the nationalist project have found expression in the new constitution, but also on the eve of the 2018 elections. It is important that the 2018 elections are used to consolidate the gains and legacy of the nationalist project
… the current situation where the so-called Team Lacoste uses a whisper campaign to carry out a silent power grab is harmful to the nationalist project. Time has come to subject the so-called Team Lacoste to open and public scrutiny consistent with the values and aspirations of the nationalist project and our new constitution. People who say they are on the verge of taking over power deserve that kind of robust scrutiny. It would be tragic for Zimbabweans to wake up into a power grab.
… Where there is no vacancy any talk or activity of succession — such as contained in the Blue Ocean document and in the New Statesman interview, is by definition subversive.