Moyo threatens bloodshed

FORMER Cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo has sensationally declared that Zimbabwe will be plunged into bloodshed if the international community fails to remove President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

In an interview with Reuters news agency on Friday from an unknown location, Moyo described Mnangagwa’s government as illegitimate while calling for the intervention of the international community.

He did not however state whether the source of the “bloodshed” would come from within or outside the country.

Moyo also claimed that Mugabe never signed his alleged resignation letter, claiming he was forced out at gunpoint by the military.


He said there was urgent need for the United Nations and the African Union to intervene and remove the Mnangagwa government to avoid the opening of floodgates to conflict.

“If you [UN and AU] don’t intervene when there has been such an outrageous, brazen attack on a constitutional order, you are simply opening the floodgates to conflict,” Moyo said in the interview with Reuters.

“If they don’t act, just as the sun will rise tomorrow, Zimbabwe will be another Somalia. There will be bloodshed,” he declared.

Moyo’s threats, warnings and other recent utterances have largely been dismissed as sour grapes although government at one time sought to have him gagged by his supposed hosts, Kenya. It later turned out however that Moyo was not in Kenya and that nobody seems to know where he is speaking from in posts on Twitter.

Asked to comment on Moyo’s bloodshed threats, presidential spokesperson George Charamba yesterday said Moyo was now irrelevant and not worth his time anymore.

“Can I be allowed to decline to comment on Jonathan? I think I have better things to worry about,” he said. “I am finished with him. He is not an issue for this country and he can run and rattle because he has that time. He is not worried about things that I am worried about. How do I continue commenting on a bitter man without myself sounding bitter? I am done with him.”

Zimbabwe Defence Forces spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi requested questions in writing. He, however, said Moyo needed to explain what he meant.

“This matter has nothing to do with us. Ask him, he is the one alleging that,” Mugwisi said. “Is he being prophetic or it’s his prediction [about bloodshed]. Please ask him about his predictions and not me. I don’t see where we can fit here. People can dream. Ask him about his dreams.”

War veterans spokesperson Douglas Mahiya said Moyo’s remarks pointed to wishful thinking.

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