Emmerson Mnangagwa wants Tsvangirai's support to postpone polls, Jonathan Moyo tell BBC


The Zimbabwe Amalgamated Churches Council (ZACC) has reportedly rubbished claims by former president Robert Mugabe's nephew that the new government of President Emmerson Mnagagwa was "ill-treating" his uncle.

Calling the takeover "unconstitutional", Moyo went ahead to describe the manner in which he fled the country, which accorded to him was because of a "death warrant" issued by the military. "There were 11 of us at (Kasukuwere's) residence when the residence was attacked", Moyo said.

Mugabe resigned after weeks of uncertainty in Zimbabwe, catapulted by his sacking of Mnangagwa as one of his vice-presidents, in what was widely reported as a covert attempt by the veteran statesman to pave the way for his wife Grace to succeed him as president.

"This is a military government".

According to Zimbabwe Independent, a privately owned newspaper, the academics said they had "no knowledge of her proposal, progress reports, thesis examiners and outcome". "It can't be a crime in a constitutional democracy", he said.

Government officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The once powerful politician, who is now a harsh critic of the Mnangagwa led government, spoke to the BBC and narrated the manner in which he fled Zimbabwe in addition to fielding questions on the Mugabe regime and plans of going back home.

He pointed to large demonstrations in November calling for Mugabe's departure and "across the political spectrum support" for his replacement by a new administration.

Presidential spokesperson, George Charamba, said the courtesy calls are a requisite for a newly appointed President.

Moyo said he narrowly escaped with his life.

Both the first lady and Mnangagwa had been vying to replace 93-year-old Robert Mugabe.

"I would rather be hated for standing for my principles and believing in the rule of law than be feared that if people don't agree with me I will unleash the tanks".

Trade between Namibia and Zimbabwe generated only N$24 million (about US$1.9 million) in 2016, a situation that President Geingob said was unacceptable.