FRESH DETAILS: Mnangagwa’s special advisor reveals why the army staged coup to oust Mugabe


OUTSPOKEN war veterans national chair Christopher Mutsvangwa says the alleged military intervention which forced then President Robert Mugabe to abandon his job in the last two weeks was a “counter coup” to former first lady’s Grace’s “bedroom coup”.

The alleged coup by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) was inspired by worry over Mugabe’s perceived intention to facilitate Grace’s rise to the presidency.

According to, Mutsvangwa, who has virtually been the de facto face of the controversial military intervention, denied this was close to a coup.

“There was no coup. There was a counter-coup,” Mutsvangwa told guests at a SAPES policy dialogue forum on Thursday.

“The coup was carried out by Grace when her senior husband was losing his faculties and sleeping all the time.

“She just uses a marriage certificate to get her cohorts at State House to start running this government. I saw it in cabinet, I told you.

“So, I am not talking about some detached observation from somebody who was outside. I was in the politburo; I was in cabinet.

“Grace, a mad woman with no brains, was in charge of the country on behalf of her cohorts and we are revolutionaries; we don’t carry out any coups.

“We protect what the people want and that’s what we did and if there is anybody has issues with that you try to form your own army.”

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