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

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

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.

On Nov 13, the military took over control of government in Zimbabwe, placing Mugabe under house arrest and detaining several senior government officials.

Namibia's two former presidents, Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba, attended Mnangagwa's inauguration in Harare a year ago and also paid a courtesy visit to Mugabe, who had just given up power days earlier.

"It is completely unsustainable for anyone to say Mugabe resigned voluntarily when we know the army took over all institutions of the state and confined him to his residence".

This is prof Moyo's second interview after his televised BBC appearance, the latter which was his first ever since he fled Zimbabwe in November past year.

That was widely seen as a reference to Mugabe's wife Grace and supporters of her apparent desire to succeed the 93-year-old statesman - efforts that riled many in the military establishment.

"This is a military government".


He continued saying, "if you don't intervene when there has been such an outrageous, brazen attack on a constitutional order, you are simply opening the floodgates to conflict", he said.

Moyo's comments were made during an interview on BBC's HardTalk with anchor Zeinab Badawi, on Thursday morning.

Moyo, a figure reviled in much of Zimbabwe for his often brutal verbal assaults on detractors, says he has no regrets.

However, just over two years later, Mnangagwa is now Zanu PF leader and state President with Prof Moyo forced to escape into exile.

Zhuwao - who was part of a faction loyal to former first lady Grace Mugabe - said that before Mugabe was pressured into resigning on November 24 groups that included women, youths and traditional leaders, as well as entrepreneurs, farmers and students had been joining forces within the ruling party.

"I would rather be hated for standing for my principles and believing in the rule of law than be feared that if people don't agree with me I will unleash the tanks".

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