Dinyane was to be the coup de grace

The prize-giving ceremony at Dinyane School in Tsholotsho on 18 November 2004 was supposed to be the final stage of Phase One of a “smart coup” that would have seen ZANU-PF chairman John Nkomo and vice-President Joseph Msika being kicked out with Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, former Speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa and women’s leader Tenjiwe Lesabe coming in, the High Court in Bulawayo heard this week.