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Jonathan Moyo escape details emerge

Grace Mugabe ally and former cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo says he and his family escaped an attack by soldiers as they sheltered at the home of a colleague on the night of the military takeover in Zimbabwe.

Jonathan Moyo on Hardtalk
Jonathan Moyo on Hardtalk

Speaking in an interview with the BBC’s Hardtalk programme, Moyo denied earlier reports that he took shelter, together with cabinet colleague Saviour Kasukuwere, at the home of former president Robert Mugabe.

“There were 11 of us at (Kasukuwere’s) residence when the residence was attacked,” Moyo said.

“They (soldiers) subjected it to some 15 minutes of gunfire and amazingly after those 15 minutes… the sounds of gunfire just went silent and we waited there for something like 10 minutes and there was no movement or sign of the special forces… and we then managed to get out of the house and we were amazed they were no longer there,” he added.

Moyo and Kasukuwere were leading figures of the G40 faction that was promoting Grace Mugabe to take over from her husband until he was ousted during the November 15 military takeover and replaced with Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Moyo said he later slipped out of the country legally with the help of “angels”.

“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.”

It’s unclear where Moyo is at the moment. The BBC interview was done via a television link from an undisclosed location.

Moyo claimed that Mnangagwa and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the former army commander who led the November takeover, were now the most feared men in Zimbabwe.

“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”.

Mnangagwa is the Zanu-PF candidate for president in elections this year. As the most powerful of his two deputies, Chiwenga is widely considered to be Mnangagwa’s likely successor.

Asked whether he would spend the rest of his life on the run, Moyo said he was not a fugitive because he left Zimbabwe legally and there was no warrant of arrest against him at the time.

“I ran away from a death warrant – an unlawful attack on my house,” Moyo said. He said the only charges against him were “political” and that these wouldn’t be of interest to Interpol, the global police agency. News24.com

  • saka????

  • Mxxxxxxxxxm they shld arrest this too talkertive corrupt dog

  • aifanirwa kutourayiwa. Mwana waStembeni

  • Egghead

  • If they ddnt kill your father (Rorbet Mugabe) who are u 2 b killed ) dnt fool us

  • Tateta nazvo zvinyaya zvabharanzi uyu! Hamunawo dzimwe??

  • Chameleon Jonso so devilllllll …. .go to hell and dance with your master Lucifer

  • Every dog has its on day

  • How was this egghead allowed to leave? He shud be in chikurubi

  • Saka murume akona somek ka uyu

  • Jonathan Moyo was deliberately let escape to make the coup ‘not a coup’ It’s a pity he sees angels who helped him, that was politics of the highest order kwete zvenyu nanaGire zvematakanana

  • Kukurukura hunge wapotswaaa kkkkk

  • Hapana detail apa stop publishing rubbish imi

  • Hana nyadzi munhu uyu please vanhu vanotendera kuti munhu apiwe PHD diploma asina kudzidza shame

  • Saxton

    No one really cares about your story Jonathan. You ruined many Zimbabweans freedom with POSA and all the stupid laws you promoted. Your father must be turning in his grave. For many Zimbabweans there is change and that is better than the Grace option you were trying to force on people.

    • Ijaha leNkabazwe

      And he caused the BOMBING OF THE DAILY NEWS newspapers.He thinks our memory is short this idiot

  • Bassop lo inja

  • Jonso is Lucifer,deceiver lies is his native language.

  • Dako rako

  • What transpired during e military take over of gvt wl always make interesting news bcz thts now Zim s most recent history…so every detail n fact must b captured especially frm e deposed n e victors…witnesses wl then verify to leave true history fr posterity..this wl teach e future generations of national leader e dangers of misruling…poor constitutional making in order to safeguard one stay in power …overstaying in power etc……saka vamwe totoda kuzwa chokwadi chese chakaitika fr free…hatina mare yekuzotenga mabook kuverenga zvinhu zvirikuitika munguwa yedu uye variku actor vacho vachiri vapenyu..toda kuzwa zvese kubva mumiromo yavo..hatidi ma edited accounts frm collectors n editors..manyepo nechokwadi tichizwira

  • So Jonathan is scared of death yet u killed pple left right centre u n ur corrupt government. Karma will catch up with u

  • Watched interview on BBC iPlayer, guy was angry at junta. I was happy coz he is now outside the circle like everyone else. How does it feel Jonso? Hope they use laws you created to kill you off.

  • Kkkkkk Jona you make me laugh All along i was debating by my self about your physicotic disorder now the truth i know you are paranoid for real.No body except thieves like you liked Marunjeya Grace coz she was your bitch

  • James Bond

    Anenge arikunwa mapirits ekupenga kufuta kumeso muviri wakatetepa kudaro?

  • Enough with yur nonsense Johnso..just wait fo sekuru to die for u to marry Marunjata ,Gire then you organise yur coup to remove Ngwena coz the way you say things you seem power hungry. After all if you were clean why did you risk your life running away Johnso.? Be brave enough if you are innocent face whoever that is hunting you and speak for yurself..usapedzere shungu Ku media ……..coward…..

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  • Matsotsi haagerani jonzo,wanga waenda PAYE kkkkkk

  • Zvakatovharaa pakaenda Bob wakatoraswawo kuvukura hakuchanatsiri

  • Nonsense

  • Wanga waenda iwe kkkkk pakasara zvishoma b careful unoenda iwe kkkk

  • asi wakanyepa kti akaita border jumper ne mhuri yake isu takaiita tinoiziva hazvisi nyore

  • Why is this man still in the news? Don’t feed his ego he’s now irrelavant and he knows it

  • Nyararai baba jukwa munosvinwa tumabhora uto .tumabhora twenyu bambo jukwa ibuble gum kungwena

  • Where are the details nxa