EXILED former Cabinet Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo on Saturday brutally tore into newly reinstated MDC-T Secretary-General Douglas Mwonzora, saying Mwonzora approached Moyo seeking for funding from the late former President Robert Mugabe’s family to fight Chamisa in 2018.
Moyo, who dared Mwonzora to dispute the allegations, threatened to publish the conversations the G40 factionalists had with Mwonzora as he sought financial support to fight Chamisa.
The drama started when Mwonzora accused Moyo of being the architect of the draconian pieces of legislation known as Public Order and Security Act (POSA), as well as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), which the Mugabe regime used in the early 2000s to harass opposition activists and journalists.
“In 2002, Zimbabweans saw the enactment of POSA, AIPPA , the Citizenship Amendment Act etc. This was meant to close democratic space. Those who championed this cannot suddenly masquerade as democrats. For the record, I have never met Jonathan Moyo since the (November 2017) coup,” Mwonzora said.
He added: “Zimbabweans suffered immensely under POSA and AIPPA. They lived in a period where hate language against political opponents was the order of the day. I did not say you personally single handedly brought the laws. But the fact is that these were bad laws.”
This invited an avalanche of furious responses from Moyo, who accused Mwonzora of being a treacherous character that sought funding to fight MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.
“Only a desperate ediot of a lawyer will link me with POSA. On AIPPA a quick perusal of the Hansard shows it was voted for unanimously by Zanu-PF and MDC MPs with no single vote against. I’ve not met you since the coup but you met Patrick Zhuwao and others and sent me messages seeking funds!
“You must be an ediot to believe I Jonathan Moyo had the power to push the whole Parliament of Zimbabwe in 2002 to unanimously vote for AIPPA. Absolute ediocy. The Hansard is there. No single MP voted against AIPPA when it was enacted in 2002. And you want to make that my issue!”
Moyo said he was in possession of WhatsApp chats and other evidence of Mwonzora seeking funding from the cash rich G40 politicians after 2017.
“He (Mwonzora) actually sent me a WhatsApp message, asking me to help find him a sponsor (read the late former President Mugabe) to fight Nelson Chamisa. This was after the November 2017 military coup. This fellow is too duplicitous. Let him say nyoo and the V11s (evidence) will speak for themselves!” Moyo dared.
Mwonzora refused to take the chances, apparently for fear of being exposed.
Observers say after Mugabe was deposed from power, he sought to fund the opposition as a way of defeating Zanu-PF in the 2018 elections.
“However, there were too many opposition factions clamouring for G40 funding, and the G40 settled for Chamisa as he had the best chance of winning the elections,” a source within the G40 told this publication.
Apart from Jonathan Moyo, other former G40 members of Zanu-PF are believed to include Saviour Kasukuwere, Patrick Zhuwao, Mandiitawepi Chimene, Grace Mugabe, Shadreck Mashayamombe and Walter Mzembi.
– Zimbabwe Voice