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Moyo: Mnangagwa wants to delay Zimbabwe elections

Exiled Zimbabwe Cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo has reportedly called Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government illegitimate, saying it had come to power via the bullet, not the ballot.

FILE: Exiled Zimbabwe Cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo. Picture: @ProfJNMoyo via Twitter

HARARE - Exiled Zimbabwe Cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo has given his first interview since he fled the country in the wake of a military takeover in November.

He’s told the BBC’s HARDtalk programme that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga are afraid of elections and want to have them delayed by up to three years.

Moyo is a former higher education minister and a key ally of the so-called G40 faction loyal to Grace Mugabe.

He’s also an outspoken critic of the current president, Mnangagwa.

In the BBC interview, Moyo called Mnangagwa’s government illegitimate, saying it had come to power via the bullet, not the ballot.

Mnangagwa has promised to hold free, fair and credible elections this year, but Moyo believes the new government is led by the most feared people in the history of the country, and Zimbabweans won’t embrace them.

He claims that Mnangagwa visited opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai last week to try to get next year’s polls delayed by three years.

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