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Exiled Mugabe ally says Mnangagwa's gov't is 'illegitimate'

Exiled Mugabe ally says Mnangagwa's gov't is 'illegitimate'

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<p><strong>Exiled former minister for higher education in Zimbabwe, Professor Jonathan Moyo has spoken to the media for the first time since fleeing the country.</strong></p> <p>The once powerful politician, who is now a harsh critic of the Mnangagwa led government, spoke to the <span class="caps">BBC</span> and narrated the manner in which he fled Zimbabwe in addition to fielding questions on <br /> the Mugabe regime and plans of going back home.</p> <p>Moyo was one of the prominent members of the so-called G40 Zanu PF faction which viciously opposed ex-vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa from succeeding the nearly 94-year-old Mugabe.</p> <p>The G40 enjoyed the support of Grace Mugabe who was thought to be keen on taking over from Robert Mugabe. </p> <p>Moyo told the <span class="caps">BBC</span> that ‘it is not illegal to support Grace Mugabe’.</p> <p>“First of all, it is not corrupt to support any particular politician to become any office holder whether its vice president, president. It can’t be a crime in a constitutional democracy,” he said.</p> <p>He went ahead to condemn the military takeover that ousted Robert Mugabe and ushered in the country’s current president, Mnangagwa deputised by former army chief Constantino Chiwenga.</p> <p>“They have come into power via the bullet not the ballot,” Moyo charged, adding that Zimbabweans “cannot be expected to embrace the most feared individuals”.</p> <p>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.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What would you do if you & your family survived a 2am-15 minute <span class="caps">ZDF</span> attack on your house with 7 children one of them 12 years old, by 25 <span class="caps">SAS</span> snippers with semi automatic weapons; randomly firing tracer bullets & stun grenades? Is this the New Justice? New Dawn? New Era? New Zim? <a href="https://t.co/vr6EWzByFq">pic.twitter.com/vr6EWzByFq</a></p>— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProfJNMoyo/status/935436056119468032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 28, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“I left Zimbabwe with the help of people who to me are angels because they saved lives,” Moyo said. “I escaped the net of the military people to be where I am legally.”</p> <p>It’s unclear where Moyo is at the moment. The <span class="caps">BBC</span> interview was done via a television link from an undisclosed location.</p> <p>Since his resignation Moyo and his close allies have escaped into exile, claiming to have escaped assassination attempts by the military. A Malawi publication this week claimed that he was in that country.</p> <p>Meanwhile, former ministers and other ex-Zanu PF officials linked to Grace Mugabe and the G40 faction who are still in the country have faced arrests on corruption charges.</p>

I left Zimbabwe with the help of people who to me are angels because they saved lives. I escaped the net of the military people to be where I am legally

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