Former Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo has come up with another shocker.
He says the violence in the run-up to the presidential elections run-off in 2008 was targeted at former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s supporters who were accused of bhora musango in the first round and not at the opposition.
“Everyone needs to be honest about 2008,”he tweeted yesterday.
“The Military was not a factor in the first round but it in the runoff with no Tsvangirai. Victims of ZDF violence in the runoff were Mujuru supporters who were accused of Bhora musango in the first round. This was huge issue within Zanu PF!”
Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the presidential elections of March 2008 but the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission which delayed the announcement of the results by almost six weeks said he had not won enough votes to form a government and ordered a run off in June.
Nearly 200 people were reportedly killed during the violence that erupted during the campaign for the run-off forcing Tsvangirai to pull out a few days before the poll.
Jonathan Moyo was not a member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front at the time.
He was expelled from ZANU-PF in 2005 when he refused to give way to a woman candidate for the Tsholotsho seat.
The move to reserve the seat for a woman was viewed at the time as a way of getting back at Jonathan Moyo for his role in the so-called Dinyane meeting or Tsholotsho Declaration which sought to stop the appointment of Joice Mujuru as party vice-president.
The organisers preferred Emmerson Mnangagwa who was Speaker of Parliament at the time.
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