Mohadi Replacement: “3 Scenarios” – Jonathan Moyo

Zimbabwe’s exiled former cabinet minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo has identified three ways through which President Emmerson Mnangagwa can replace Vice President Kembo Mohadi who resigned Monday.

The 71-year-old tendered his resignation letter following reports that he was having affairs with his married aides.

While a number of names have been suggested as Mohadi’s potential replacements, the exiled political scientist and former ZANU PF politburo member believes that “there are three scenarios.” Speaking to ZimLive, Moyo said:


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There are three scenarios. The first is whether they will use the matrix of the coup. The second is whether they use the constitution of the party and the third is whether Zanu PF remains committed to the Unity Accord.

Mohadi came in as reward for his role in the coup. The coup matrix can bring even the Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Phillip Valerio Sibanda because he was an important cog, and they can use the excuse that he’s ex-Zipra (PF Zapu’s military wing). Bringing him into politics would keep the spirit of ‘Operation Restore Legacy’ burning, especially following the death of Sibusiso Moyo.

Sibusiso Moyo, (Constantino) Chiwenga, Perrance Shiri and Engelbert Rugeje all came into politics straight from the army. The military in Zimbabwe is one place where there’s a straight line into politics.

He said the second scenario is where a former Zapu member would be picked as per the Zanu PF constitution and the Unity Accord of 1987.

Moyo says in that scenario, Simon Khaya Moyo is the clear frontrunner followed by primary and secondary education minister Cain Mathema.

He observed, however, that in terms of the party hierarchy, the most senior politician from the Matabeleland region is secretary for administration Obert Mpofu whom he said would be affected by his defection from the party before the Unity Accord.

Moyo observed that the third possible scenario would be where a woman is appointed as Mohadi replacement adding that the race would be between defence minister Oppah Muchinguri and information minister Monica Mutsvangwa.

More: ZimLive

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4 comments on “Mohadi Replacement: “3 Scenarios” – Jonathan Moyo

  1. The Elevation Of Mai Muchinguri Or Mai Mutsvangwa Would Jeopardise The Spirit Of Inclusivity As Spelt Out When The Two Liberation Movements Formed The United ZANU-PF . But However It Could Be Used To Cement A Balancing Act , Given That A Gender Equation Is Needed .

  2. How accurate, e’ new VP shall be selected through these scenarios…..The Professor is e’ most brilliant Zimbabwean Political Scientist !
    I however foresee SK Moyo mainly bcoz of his ‘Bootlicking Loyalty’ n to try n balance e’ tribal equation to appease Matland as evidenced in strategy on ED hosting Bosso at Byo State House, and e’ sugar coated utterances on MZWP, restoring Byo as Industrial Hub, implementing Devolution, Marginalisation. This can be e’ trump card to pacify n win e’ region from MDC, based on great success to disintegrate e’ MDC.
    Coup considerations n militarisation can be 2nd possibility to falsely pacify Matland as PV Sibanda is ex-ZIPRA / ZAPU.

  3. Regarding women, Mutsvangwa cannot qualify – too juniour. The speaker of the senate Chinomona, would fit in better, even ahead of Muchinguri. But to safisfy Manicaland they could go with Muchinguri

  4. I don’t understand this from the word go how come things just changed at a suddenly.when the unit accord was singned it was agreed that president from zanu Vice President from ZAPU but now zapu is the third to me which means zapu is not considered

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Mohadi Replacement: “3 Scenarios” – Jonathan Moyo