You’re out of order, Moyo tells Mnangagwa

via You’re out of order, Moyo tells Mnangagwa – New Zimbabwe 29/08/2015

EVEN as President Robert Mugabe was clearly struggling to walk, pausing every few seconds for breath at the Heroes Acre on Saturday, Jonathan Moyo was taking issue with an unguarded remark by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa regarding the Zanu PF leader’s age.

Clearly aware that Mugabe’s biological clock may be ticking its last, the veteran leader’s wife Grace last week said Zimbabweans would miss the 91-year-old when he is gone.

But when Mnangagwa, in an interview with the UK-based New African magazine made similar remarks, Moyo took to Twitter to criticise the vice president.

“We shall miss him (Mugabe) dearly. He is an outstanding leader and human being,” said Mnangagwa in the interview last week.

And it was the hint of an impending end which appeared to grate with Moyo.

Said the higher education minister: “VP Mnangagwa on President Mugabe: ‘We shall miss him dearly’. Rather premature to say!”

Told by a follower that Mnangagwa was simply “accepting the inevitable”, Moyo was adamant.

He said: “The inevitable is the truth of everyone & so there is no telling who is going to die before who!”

Another follower insisted: “… death comes to us all, nd wen it does, 2day/50yrs from now, you guys will miss him.”

Moyo responded: “Of course death is certain but how does anyone know who is going to die first & therefore who is going to miss who?”

Sections of the ruling Zanu PF party have been keen to project the idea that Mnangagwa is now in pole position to take over from Mugabe and that he may, as first deputy, even be the veteran leader’s preferred successor.

But Moyo has used media interviews to make clear that Mnangagwa is merely one of Mugabe’s two assistants, adding that his chances of taking over are as good as those of any other party member.

His interventions have been seen as suggesting that he may not be not overly enthused with the idea of a Mnangagwa presidency, a claim Moyo denies.

In his interview with the New African, Mnangagwa admitted that the succession contest was still open to all party members, adding his position as vice president does not privilege his chances over other party members.

I told you so, said Moyo on Twitter.

“Cde Mnangagwa says his VP job is to assist Pres Mugabe,” he wrote.

“When I said precisely this, successionists wanted to kill me!”


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    hey wena to say WE shall miss me for me its very correct. maybe if he had said ‘l shall miss him’ then you could have asked your question like ‘how does anyone know who is going to die first & therefore who is going to miss who?” WE maybe refers to a many people (zimbabweans, etc)

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    kamba 7 years ago

    we don’t miss that old dog Mugabe he will die nomatter wat as for munangagwa no chance for that post yor record is bad here at matebeleland so tym for joice to be the pres come wat may

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    machakachaka 7 years ago

    “We shall miss him dearly” could mean after his death. But it could also mean after his retirement. But here people, including the learned professor, are only looking at the death scenario, and are not looking at the possibility that Mnangagwa could have been referring to retirement.

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      biend 7 years ago

      I fully agree with you my friend nobody said anything about death,but the learned Honourable Minister jumps to that conclusion,one cant help but to wonder why.The VP echoes the words said by the First Lady,why didnt the ,Minister pose the same question