Foreign affairs minister, Sibusiso Moyo, has formally launched a silent bid to succeed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as a possible alternative succession contender, with alleged British government support, Spotlight Zimbabwe, has been told.
According to senior foreign affairs ministry officials and sources, Britain is reported to have started working with Moyo behind the scenes, when Mnangagwa appointed him minister in November 2017, a few days after he appeared on national televison, as a coup announcer, to the late President Robert Mugabe’s power dethronement.
The officials said London wants Moyo to return Zimbabwe to the Commonwealth of Nations, and in turn back his presidential ambitions, as an alternative candidate to Vice President, Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga, whom they fear might become “incapacitated by health issues” to replace Mnangagwa by 2023.
The Commonwealth of Nations, generally known simply as the Commonwealth, is a political association of 54 member states, nearly all former territories of the British Empire.
Minister Moyo is said to have informally told Mnangagwa to step down during a couple of international trips, they have travelled together and allow a “new face to takeover”, for the country to achieve “full re-engagement with the West” and attain economic reconstruction.
“SB Moyo has told Mnangagwa to gracefully step down and allow a new face to takeover, if the country is to achieve full re-engagement with the West and attain economic reconstruction,” said one of the senior serving officials working in the ministry for the past 18 years.
“Mnangagwa has been given assurances of international protection, if he leaves office with dignity by Moyo’s foreign allies. Many people are not aware that Britian made SB Moyo foreign affairs minister for strategic reasons not Mnangagwa, when untold details of Mugabe’s removal were being planned between Mnangagwa’s lacoste faction, the military’s cosleg faction, and international capitals including Washington and Beijing, that’s why it was a bloodless coup. World powers were informed in greater detail about Mugabe’s demise, and Britain took care of things diplomatically behind the curtains, while China gave a greenlight to the whole Operation Restore Legacy.”
Other sources said British intelligence was also reportedly involved in propping the foreign affairs minister’s presidential bid, should VP Chiwenga fail to ascend to the top.
“Top British intelligence is at work here. They fear that VP Chiwenga might become incapacitated by health issues, therefore are backing SB Moyo as an alternative to the VP. However, the bigger picture and purpose for Moyo’s support from Britain, is that he sees to it that Zimbabwe rejoins the Commonwealth of Nations, and London returns the favour by endorsing him to become next in line should Chiwenga fail to become president by 2023. This is a plan that has been in motion soon after November 2017, and Moyo was told the cards to play when he visited Britain in April 2018, when their prime minister, Borris Johnson, was still foreign secretary.”
Moyo has emerged as a dark horse in the race to succeed Mnangagwa, who is determined to stay in power beyond 2023 and rule the country past 2030, in what all but amounts to a life presidency.
However, Spotlight Zimbabwe, has since reported on record that Mnangagwa’s days in office are numbered and that VP Chiwenga will soon ascend to replace him before the 2023 presidential and parliamentary elections. We have also put it on record, that the VP is going to handover power to exiled former cabinet minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, as his anointed successor.
The VP according to government and ruling Zanu PF insiders, has been pulling wool over Mnangagwa’s eyes, telling party supporters that Mnangagwa is their “flagship”, who is going to contest and win the 2023 presidential elections for the party.
“Let us unite as we prepare for a resounding victory, come the 2023 harmonised elections with our flagship, none other than the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa,” Chiwenga told a Zanu PF meeting in Marondera, a fortnight ago.
“He will be there and those who dream otherwise must realise that it was just, but a dream after all.”
“I repeat, no to factionalism in the party. Those engaging in factionalism and name-dropping are on a selfish, lonely and self-destructive path. We (himself and Mnangagwa) are one and will remain one.”
Moyo was not immediately available for comment last night, as his mobile phone went unanswered.
Questions sent by e-mail to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office last week, had not been responded to at the time of going to print.