President Mnangagwa on Wednesday invited the Central Intelligence boss Isaac Moyo to a ZAANU PF politburo meeting to expose members of the ruling party who were allegedly plotting to dislodge him from power while elevating his deputy Constantino Chiwenga.
Moyo reported that the plot was being spearheaded by politburo member Claveria Chizema and former Mbare MP and businessman Tendai Savanhu and had been commissioned by state security minister Owen Mudha Ncube.
Speaking to ZimLive, anonymous high-level sources said Moyo presented posters, allegedly seized from all ten provinces, which were denouncing Mnangagwa while indicating support for Chiwenga which were allegedly intended to be used at the planned anti-government protests on Friday. Sources said:
The plan appeared to send out a message to Chiwenga that we are watching you, but they were either too cowardly to confront him or their strategy was always to just try and unnerve him.
Moyo told the Politburo they had looked into Chiwenga and found him to be a most loyal cadre supportive of Mnangagwa’s leadership, effectively isolating Chizema and Savanhu.
After the meeting, ZANU PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa said Chizema who was identified as the kingpin of the plot had been suspended for “dereliction of duty” after failing to report to the Zanu PF security department or the CIO that anti-Mnangagwa posters had been delivered to her home.
Recently, the Home Affairs Minister, Kazembe Kazembe, dismissed reports of a coup plot, threatening to deal with peddlers of such falsehoods.