Two of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s key confidants and their families are said to have sought refuge in Kenya after the long-serving head of state was ousted from power in a “bloodless military intervention”, various Kenyan and South African media have reported.
South Africa’s News 24 reported that Jonathan Moyo, a close friend to Mugabe’s wife Grace, and a chief architect of the dead and destroyed G40 faction in the Zanu PF ranks, has launched a Twitter campaign against President Emmerson Mnagangwa’s new administration.
Further reports are that Professor Jonathan Moyo, together with another Mugabe’s ally Saviour Kasukuwere, who was the Zanu PF National Commissar and Minister of Local Government during MUgabe’s last days as ruler of this country, fled to Kenya after Zimbabwean military seized the capital, Harare, and placed the former President under house detention on November 14th.
Jonathan Moyo was a top official of the G40 cabal that the new government and country’s army have declared as criminals for looting the economy.
Members of the G40 group included government officers drawn from the police and intelligence, politicians and businessmen allied to Grace Mgabe.
Unverified reports from Kenya further allege that Moyo and Kasukuwere were seeking asylum in Kenya and indicated that, while Grace Mugabe is still in Zimbabwe, her children are hiding in Singapore and South Africa.
“Grace’s allies, Moyo and Kasukuwere, who sought refuge at Mugabe’s house, the Blue Roof, after the army intervention, have also left the country and are hiding in Kenya,” Kenyan Media report.
Prof Jonathan Moyo is said to be a former colleague of Kenya’s Professor Mutahi Ngunyi at the Ford Foundation. Moyo was one of the individuals who stood accused of defrauding the organisation together with Mutahi Ngunyi,” Kenya’s kahawatungu.com reported adding that Jonathan Moyo is reported to be in Kenya, where he is allegedly hiding.
Mutahi Ngunyi is a Kenyan political scientist who has taught at the University of Nairobi, University of Leeds (Visiting Research Fellow), University of Helsinki in Finland (Visiting Research Fellow), Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (Associate Research Fellow) and the Scandinavian Institute for African Studies (SIAS) as a researcher on structural adjustments and political conditionality.
Mutahi Ngunyi is alleged to have contacted authorities in the Jubilee government which is protecting the two of former President Robert Mugabe’s key allies have fled to Kenya with their families, according to local media.