Weekly publication The Independent has alleged that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is claiming that his former ally turned rival Professor Jonathan Moyo is plotting to have former RBZ governor Gideon Gono as President Mugabe’s successor. The newspaper reports that it has secured an 85-page dossier that Mnangagwa has prepared in response to the allegations that Moyo against him to the Zanu-PF Politburo. Part of the dossier reads:
Professor Moyo has been luring Dr Gono, telling him that they will make him the country’s next president and I can tell you that there was a picture which circulated in the media, where Professor Moyo was standing together with former advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai, Dr Alex Magaisa and Cde Kasukuwere at the Plot Restaurant (in Borrowdale).
Dr Gono was also present, but he refused to be part of the picture crew, and this has been confirmed by Dr Alex Magaisa, as well as his female companion, who is well-known to Professor Moyo and who happened to have accompanied him for coffee at that restaurant.
When asked for a comment, Gono said:
The authors of the report, if indeed it exists, should go back to their sources and check their facts. Their real enemies are their sources, no one else. In my job as Seza chairman, I meet a lot of people from across the political divide. Finally, I’m on record as saying that I do not belong to any faction and that I stand by my President till death do us apart. Any talk of or around succeeding him before his time is out of bounce for me and can only be promoted by those who do not know the party constitution and what it says in respect thereof. Fortunately I’m not one of those who do not know.
More: The Independent