Moyo denies allegations that he tried to kill Chiwenga, claims he was in high school

Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Prof. Jonathan Moyo has denied claims made by Christopher Mutsvangwa that he tried to kill General Constantino Chiwenga during the liberation war in 1975. Moyo claims that at that period in time he was still in high school and that Mutsvangwa was lying on behalf of General Constantino Chiwenga. Speaking to the Standard, Moyo said:

These people are not just command liars, they’re also evil. In 1975 I was in high school and nowhere near Mgagao as they allege.

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I went to Mgagao in mid-June 1976 as part of a contingent that was ferried in the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) trucks from the Liberation Centre in Kamwala, Lusaka.

I got ill on the way and arrived in Mgagao mid-June 1976 when I could hardly walk or sit. One of the OAU officers put me on a bed which, it later turned out, belonged to one of the camp commanders who — on his return from wherever he had been — was so incensed to find me on his bed that he picked me up and threw me down like a stone.

I screamed like a baby and the OAU officer who had left me on that bed came to my rescue. Later that night I learnt that some two or so weeks earlier on June 6 1976 there had been a massacre of Ndebele speaking Zipra cadres at Mgagao.

Because I did not know any Shona then, I feared for my life purely on account of what I was hearing. I pleaded with the OAU officer to take me to a hospital.

The next day he and a Tanzanian army officer took me for treatment at Iringa, which was the nearest town to Mgagao.
I was in Mgagao for no more than 24 hours. In Iringa, I pleaded with the OAU officer not to return me to Mgagao.

…Chiwenga has been using the likes of Mutsvangwa to tell lies for too long.

Moyo said that he has never told anyone these details before.

More: Read the full interview in the Standard


Constantino ChiwengaJonathan MoyoChristopher Mutsvangwa

Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the second secretary of Zanu-PF political party and the former Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs. He is also the former Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and also the... Read More About Constantino Chiwenga

Jonathan Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician and former member of the ZANU-PF party where he was a member of the party's Politiburo. He is also the former minister of Higher and Tertiary Education. Moyo was expelled from Parliament as the (Tsholotsho North) Legislator in November... Read More About Jonathan Moyo

Christopher Mutsvangwa, commonly referred to as just Chris Mutsvangwa is a Zimbabwean politician, and special advisor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mutsvangwa is businessman .In December 2017 he was appointed as the Secretary for Science and Technology in Zanu-PF. Mutsvangwa contested in the 2018 harmonized elections... Read More About Christopher Mutsvangwa

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