Govt notes Mnangagwa statement

Minister Khaya Moyo

Minister Khaya Moyo

Innocent Madonko Bulawayo Bureau
GOVERNMENT and Zanu-PF have taken note of a statement attributed to former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa which he allegedly issued after being fired by President Mugabe, but will not respond to it since it is neither addressed to the ruling party or the Head of State and Government, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, said Zanu-PF is not a press club and is thus not compelled to respond to press statements.

Former VP Mnangagwa was dismissed from Government over allegations of, among other things, disloyalty, disrespect, deceit, unreliability and lack of probity in the execution of his duties.

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His discharge of duties had also become inconsistent with his official responsibilities.

On Wednesday, Cde Mnangagwa was expelled from Zanu-PF following recommendations made by all the party’s 10 Provincial Co-ordinating Committees.

The decision was made during the 313th ordinary session of the Politburo which unanimously endorsed his dismissal from Government.

In an interview yesterday, Cde Khaya Moyo, who is also the Zanu-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, said contrary to reports in sections of the private media which inaccurately quoted him as confirming that various arms of the State were studying Cde Mnangagwa’s statement and an announcement on the appropriate action would be made “shortly”, Government is under no obligation to respond.

“The press statement is not addressed to the leadership of Zanu-PF and besides, Zanu-PF is not a press club. Therefore, we have just taken note of the statement but we don’t have to respond to it,” he said.

Cde Khaya Moyo’s clarification comes in the wake of an article in a private daily newspaper yesterday alleging that President Mugabe could lay treason charges against former VP Mnangagwa on allegations of undermining him.

Quoting unnamed Government sources, the report also alleged that the former VP could alternatively be charged with conspiracy to overthrow a constitutionally elected Government.

“Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday confirmed that various arms of the State were studying Mnangagwa’s statement, saying an announcement on the appropriate action would be made shortly,” the article said.

Cde Khaya Moyo said the report was inaccurate.

“All I said was as Zanu-PF we have taken note of the statement, but we don’t have to respond to it,” he said.

Former VP Mnangagwa on Wednesday issued a statement from an unknown location outside the country in which he alleged that he would return in a few weeks’ time to take control of all levers of power.

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  • Chivhu

    Nkomo called Robert, “very sly, trying to smear me”. Hakuna akashanda nemukuru uyu akasazorwa
    Mai Mujuru vakanzi vakayenda kun’anga.
    Vamwe vese vateedzeri vari pasi pevhu

  • nelson moyo

    “Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.” – Winston Churchill

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      What are you insinuating? There are two videos where former VP Mnangagwa talked about kubika doro kana warota ZANU PF isingatonge nyika ino. Another when he made a comment about the expulsion of Mai Mujuru.

      • mabwe

        And what then are you saying?

      • tau

        I bet muzvinavhu English is quite hard top grasp for you!

  • Cecil Roars

    Is it government that notes his statement or its ZANU PF that has noted it? Former VP seems to have sacked by ZANU PF factions and so they should deal with the threat independently of government.

  • tau

    I honestly know now that Herald is a zanu pf controlled rag, in their opinionated assumptions the zanu pf led government has no bullshit, it is the best organization in their history of politics

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    No person will be jailed without breaking the law for longer than the constitutionally stipulated period in this country. You talk of trying? Trials are not convictions before the legal verdict.

    • succuba

      Did these hecklers break any law (fakey)?

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        Disorderly behavior is an offence. Let us wait for the court to decide. Those given to political disorderly behavior are not exempted. Disrupting other people`s meetings is an offence in my learned view. As the President said, they can form their party and spend the whole day heckling each other,drinking Musombodia, illegally, until they get arrested.

        • succuba

          Does booing someone you don’t agree with warrant a night in the cells and charged with “Disorderly Behaviour” (fakey)?

          Please point to me in the constitution where this exists…

  • succuba

    I read the Constitution… what law did these guys break?

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      If they are remanded ,they must have been charged. The court will decide , not you ignorant idiot. If there were no charges ,then the magistrate would set them free , without any bail. Are you educated to understand such simple procedure instead of waffling on this important forum. I abhor debating with ignoramuses like you . Anyway,it is my duty to educate you the uneducated stooges of the West.

      • succuba

        Let me inform you… they have been charged with:

        “Undermining the Authority of President Robert Mugabe”

        How does booing Dr. Grace Mugabe because they did not agree with her message fit in here… is she the president?

        Heck… she is not even in government… wise up (fakey).

        I repeat for clarity as you seemed to have missed this important issue the first time round:

        What law did these guys break?

  • succuba

    OK then…

    Does booing someone you don’t agree with warrant a night in the cells and charged with “Disorderly Behaviour” (fakey)?

    Please point to me in the Criminal Law Codification Act where this exists…

  • succuba

    She has every right to address a rally….. as people have every right to disagree with her… what part of that don’t you understand (fakey)?

  • Bert

    Go eat cow dung.

  • mabwe

    What Nelson refers to as there dictator is your leader. Whether you believe that or not is your problem. The tiger is your former VP. Any other argument you want to put across here does not relate to Nelson’s comment.

  • Gandanga

    Here we are… by hook or crook he is back and the old man is out.