Was Jonathan Moyo really saved by Grace or someone else?


“But I was not able to access what we had left at our house that night of the coup. So that became my luggage, and I crossed Ruya River at the border with that luggage on a motorbike. I was received by Sekuru Dzenga of Dzenga Village at 4am. We rested for an hour, proceeded to catch a lift to Tete and flew to Maputo the next day. I only got a proper bag when I did some small shopping in Maputo. I was on the run until Maputo. I only got a proper bag when I did some small shopping in Maputo. I was on the run until Maputo.”

Although Moyo has repeatedly refused to disclose who helped him to escape, first from Kasukuwere’s house and later from the Blue Roof, this could only have been facilitated by senior military officers, who like then police chief Augustine Chihuri were sympathetic to Mugabe and G40.

According to a war veteran the officers included a general who has since been retired from the army but has been given a lucrative government post.

The war veteran said the general had been spared because he had useful information and had to be kept close to the administration.

This is typically how the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front has operated since independence – “keeping its enemies close”.

All the cadres who had rebelled against Mugabe and were detained in Mozambique -including Rugare Gumbo- were offered lucrative posts either in government or in state enterprises when they returned to the country to keep them close.


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