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Zimbabwe War Veterans Urge Zanu PF to Expel Prof. Jonathan Moyo

Professor Jonathan Moyo (Photo: Prof. Moyo Twitter account)
Professor Jonathan Moyo (Photo: Prof. Moyo Twitter account)

Some war veterans, who want Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed 93 year-old Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, have urged the ruling party to expel Politburo member and Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo for undermining the vice president.

The war veterans told journalists in Harare on Monday that Professor Moyo has also undermined the country’s economic growth though they could not clearly define how he is doing it.

Professor Moyo belongs to a faction of the party that allegedly want Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to succeed him. Another faction is backing Mnangagwa.

Mr. Mugabe is the sole presidential candidate set to represent Zanu PF in the 2018 general elections. He will be 94 when the elections are conducted.

War veterans chief, Christopher Mutsvangwa, whose group allegedly supports Mnangagwa, said Professor Moyo has become a liability to the party.

He attacked Professor Moyo saying he has undermined Mnangagwa by issuing statements criticizing the vice president for allegedly belonging to a faction, which wants him to succeed President Mugabe.

Some Zanu PF officials say the president is now too old and needs to be replaced by a young person before the 2018 general elections. Some say such talk is "treasonous" as it seeks to remove him from the office.