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Mnangagwa, Moyo bombshell : VP wants $3m from minister

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has given Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo a seven-day ultimatum to retract allegations that the veteran politician forced a prominent broadcaster to jump from the second floor of a Harare building, leaving him paralysed for life.

By Everson Mushava

Moyo claimed in a video presentation at a Zanu PF politburo meeting in July that Mnangagwa had given Godfrey Majonga two options; to either sit on a hot stove or jump out of his flat after they allegedly clashed over a woman.

President Robert Mugabe told a Zanu PF rally in Bindura recently that Majonga’s case was among many raised against the VP by the Tsholotsho North MP.

He said Mnangagwa told him he had prepared an 85-page response to Moyo, but in a dramatic twist, the VP’s lawyers on Friday wrote to the minister demanding that he retract the allegations using the country’s main newspapers or face a $3 million lawsuit.

Mnangagwa’s lawyers Dube, Manikai and Hwacha, said Moyo must unreservedly apologise to his nemesis.

“We are instructed to demand that you retract the statements and offer an unqualified apology approved by our client, which shall be placed on a prominent page of all newspaper publications circulating in Zimbabwe including the Herald, NewsDay, Daily News, Financial Gazette, the Chronicle and the Zimbabwe Independent within seven days of the date of this letter,” reads part of the letter dated September 22.

“Our client reserves the right to approach the courts claiming damages for defamation caused by the video presentation of July 19 2017 and the continuing damage being caused by its continued online /internet publication.

The lawyers said if Moyo failed to comply, the matter would be taken to court.

“In the event that you fail to meet the demand in this letter, for an apology and retraction of the defamatory statements within seven days of the date of this letter, our instructions are to commence civil proceedings against you, claiming damages without further notice. In this regard, we have assessed damages caused to our client to be three million United States Dollars (US$ 3 000 000),” the letter added.

Mnangagwa’s lawyers said Moyo’s video contained “scurrilous, scandalous and fallacious allegations.” They said the allegations had damaged the VP’s reputation.

“Our client is a senior member of Zanu PF, is vice-president and second secretary,” the letter said.

“He is also vice-president of the Republic and is responsible for administering the ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

“Our client has served his political party and the nation for decades in a number of different capacities.

“He has built a reputation as a respected politician and leader; he also served in government and Parliament since independence. Our client is a happily married family man.”

However, a defiant Moyo yesterday said he was ready to meet the VP in court, signalling what could be the beginning of a bruising legal battle between the two Zanu PF politicians who are at loggerheads over Mugabe’s succession.

“First, the fact that VP Mnangagwa’s letter was written and delivered on Friday September 22 makes its timing interesting given not only related events of the week, but also that the video in question was presented more than two months ago. But that is a matter for another day,” Moyo said when contacted for comment.

“Otherwise let me say, in the strongest possible terms, that in the interest of truth and justice as well as in the public interest, I’m ready to meet VP Mnangagwa in court over this matter anytime.

He added: “And let me add that it would be a terrible mistake for anyone to think that the material in that politburo video was put together and presented in the manner it was without due consideration of the facts and the law.”

Moyo accused Mnangagwa of plotting against Mugabe during the explosive politburo meeting.

On the other hand, the VP claimed the minister was an agent of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency who was destroying Zanu PF from within.

Mnangagwa has been under pressure lately as first lady Grace Mugabe started to openly fight in Moyo’s corner and accusing the VP of plotting against her husband.

18 Responses to Mnangagwa, Moyo bombshell : VP wants $3m from minister

  1. Sagitarr September 25, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    kkkk respect my foot. Who still has respect in this zanu (rural front)? Respect for what?
    Next Jonso will launch a counter-suit claiming loss of respect for being called a CIA agent. Ha ha ha. We thought zanu (rf) people had brains but no, havana. Hutsinye chete!!

    • Marshall September 26, 2017 at 12:26 am #

      This is a well staged managed drama…..

      All done to woodwink the people about he real concerns of money shortage, food shortages, destitution, price rises etc etc.

  2. papasharon September 25, 2017 at 9:56 am #

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  3. bhururu September 25, 2017 at 9:58 am #

    handei tione

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  5. hlonipani ncube September 25, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Two cases cannot be pushed at the same time, Mugabe and Grace when they come back and VP Mphoko will say this was planned during their absence and dismiss both cases. ZACC officials will be dismissed from work by Grace Mugabe if they try to arrest Jonathan Moyo that is why Chihuri the commissioner of police is reluctant to arrest

  6. Danai Pazvagozha September 25, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    The person who is being trapped here is Mugabe, but he does not seem to see it. Moyo wove his way to be Mugabe’s trusted lieutenant through Grace. Moyo promised Grace presidency position after Mugabe leaves office. Grace, unwittingly, and without foresight of future scenarios, hungrily swallowed Moyo’s bait. All those who interact with Moyo must know that Moyo is someone with unmitigated vanity fare. His mind is of a child when it comes to limelight and pomposity. As such he is blind to any danger warning signs as he walks his journey of life. And when he succeeds to influence a henchmen of clueless people like Grace, Moyo can easily lead them to a den of lions, whilst convincing them that – the lions have ever since been tamed since the days of Misheck, shadreck and Abednego, hence we can ride the lions. The results are too ghastly to contemplate. But Grace is currently impervious to this reality, despite Mugabe’s apparently advice to his wife.

    • mashambambeva September 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

      @Danai stop scarring people! Which den of lions are you talking about? Modern day Zimbabwe should be freed from such characters for they represent the dark and backward side of the country’s well being.

  7. Maonazvangu September 25, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

    Aaa the chickens are coming home to roost. While these bufoons are busy slogging it out in the courts, the nation is burning. To add salt to injury, the President is away on yet the country is sinking into economic quagmire. Cry our beloved Zimbabwe!!!

  8. john moyo September 25, 2017 at 6:17 pm #

    So this Jonho is a kinda RASPUTIN…..a bad vitriolic…..poison to the Czar? You plot succeeding the king…with the King’s wife……It’s like writing a will and testament where you give everything to your wife and doing that with her knowing……Is that no a suicide tendency………Think of it “If the Czar dies I as His Wife will be the NEW CZARINA” uUUH THAT IS A DANGEROUS TEMPTATION………EXPOSING THE CZAR TO POSSIBLE RISKS………………….UUUUH UMAMBO UHU HWAANE DANGER CHAIYO………APA PASHATA……WHEN I WRITE MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT THE BENEFICIARIES WILL KNOW THE DAY I DIE…..LET MY LIFE IS CUT SHORT…..VANENGE VAKUTI NDANONOKA KUFAZVE……VATORE HU CZAR HWACHO…….PAIPA APA

  9. kilo September 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    it now seems as if Jonathan Moyo is now editing the Standard. Or else the editor has bee paid a lot of money by Jonathan Moyo

  10. gwabu September 26, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    Why not the injured take Ngwena to court?

    Or simply why not Chihuri arrest Ngwena on charges of grievous bodily harm to the broadcaster.

    These are available options for moyo.

    revealing really why two bid guys would at each others throat involving a third party who is conspicuous by his absence from battle ground. kkkkkkkkkk

  11. gumbo September 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    This is just ploy to hoodwink the nation from the daily hardships,they are no different to Baba Jukwa.They will laugh last after the (fake) elections,mark my words.

  12. gumbo September 26, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

    This is just ploy to hoodwink the nation from the daily hardships,they are no different from Baba Jukwa.They will laugh last after the (fake) elections,mark my words.

  13. Bwe September 26, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    Professor Moyo is being used while he believes he is also using those manipulating him. The professor dreams of taking over one day. The game plan all along has been to isolate the Vp by suspending or expelling those who support him. This hasn’t turned out well as the Vp’s supporters are simply too many. Now the past is being dredged to find morsels of dirt to soil the VP’s reputation. History is already the victim as facts are twisted or conveniently omitted. It appears the Vp’s opponents are afraid of any clean and open leadership contest. They know that they don’t stand a chance. The Vp has won such a contest before. The Vp is right to sue. In fact there are so many instances he should have done so in the past. Party business is taken to twitter everyday for nefarious reasons, but there are no consequences. Why then should a nonentity’s mug present be an issue? Zanupf justice sucks. Sue him Mr Vp!

  14. Ezekiel September 27, 2017 at 11:00 am #

    Nothing else, Moyo is trying to ruin ED’s reputation so that he can’t be the president with bad reputation but unfortunately, no Zimbabwe will be lead by Moyo

  15. 1975 September 29, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    let majonga speak what he has been hiding all these years.

  16. richard gomo October 1, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    Idyananai kusvika mose mapera. Makauraya nyika yedu takatarisa, maifunga zvinoperera kupi? Isu hedu zii, ndezvemeso, ko kune chisingaperi? Tichawanawo zvekuyambira vemangwana tichishandisa imi semuenzaniso wechivi nemubayiro wazvo, tigonyorawo magwaro anotondedza nekuchenjedza vachauya nezvekukosha kwenhaka yedu senyika yamaDzimbabwe.

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