Higher and Tertiary Education minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has added more pressure on under-fire rival Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa after he reportedly told the Politburo and President Robert Mugabe that Mnangagwa had sponsored his independent campaign in 2005 after he was fired from Zanu-PF. Moyo also claimed that Mnangagwa had allegedly pushed for the formation of the opposition United People’s Movement (UPM) party between 2005 and 2007. However, the party never materialised.
According to Moyo, the UPM was supposed to ensure that Mnangwaga replaced Mugabe as President. Moyo also claimed that Mnangwaga tried to engineer a central committee rebellion after the Tsholotsho debacle. The president is said to have demanded that Mnangagwa should explain himself.
Moyo is alleged to have said:
Cde Mnangagwa, you have caused too many people to suffer for your lies.
You always sponsor disloyalty to President Mugabe and Zanu PF, but you never own up for your instigating role.
Throughout the planning process, we had several strategising meetings at the residence of a prominent lawyer who is related to you.
But you have not owned up to that. Instead, you have given a presentation that presents you as ‘Cde loyal’ when that is far from the truth.
Mnangagwa had earlier on made his own Politburo presentation in which he responded to several allegations made against him by Moyo at a politburo meeting in July. Mnangagwa is reported to have scored major points when he highlighted comments made by Moyo which are highly critical of Mugabe.