Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo, one of the kingpins of the G40 faction of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front who joked at Zimbabwe Defence Forces chief Constantino Chiwenga’s statement on Monday as “kungovukura vukura”, was fished out from President Robert Mugabe’s mansion in Borrowdale together with his colleague Saviour Kasukuwere.
This was despite the fact that Moyo had boasted “ini zete kuvata zvangu!” rubbishing Chiwenga’s statement in which the defence forces boss had threatened to step in because the country was being hijacked by counter-revolutionaries.
According to Newsday, Moyo and Kasukuwere, the masterminds behind G40, fled their homes to Mugabe’s mansion after security details were removed from their premises by the military.
When Moyo tweeted that he would be having a sound sleep as there was nothing to worry about, one of his follower tweeted: “nhema hadziuyi Moyo mangwana motomukira kwa dr fugu for strategic planning zve university mombosendeka.”
Moyo had tweeted that he had spent the day with his Deputy Godfrey Gandawa and the First Lady Grace Mugabe working on Robert Gabriel Mugabe University in Mazowe and its charter had been approved, but the tweet and pictures have since been removed from his page.
Newsday also reported that other officials that were arrested were Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, youth leader Kudzai Chipanga, police chief Augustine Chihuri (though there are conflicting reports about this) and Central Intelligence Organisation deputy director Albert Miles Nguluve.
Details of the people arrested are still very scanty.
Moyo had virtually become the spokesman for the G40 faction through his twitter handle which has 205 000 followers.