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Jonathan Moyo Urges Youths To Challenge “Power-Drunk” Mnangagwa

21 August 2021

Exiled former Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo, has challenged Zimbabwean youths to take the "power-drunk" President Emmerson Mnangagwa head-on in the 2023 elections.

He spoke after Mnangagwa had said the opposition in Zimbabwe cannot assume power in the country as what happened to neighbouring Zambia. Moyo tweeted:


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Mnangagwa,  the octogenarian drunk with power, waffling that what happened in Zambia cannot happen in Zimbabwe that's not only an insult to both Zimbabweans & Zambians, but it is also a direct challenge to the youths in Zim to take the octogenarian head-on at the polls in 2023.

While commissioning an oxygen-producing plant in Mutare on Thursday, Mnangagwa scoffed at suggestions that the opposition victory in Zambia's 12 August election can be replicated elsewhere in Africa, including in Zimbabwe. He said:

Regai ndikuvudze ini, tisafungidzira, anenge arota zvakaita Zambia, zvayambuka kuvuya kuno, muka ubike doro!

[Let me clearly and openly tell you, if anyone dreams of what happened in Zambia happening in Zimbabwe, come back to your senses and brew some beer.]

The opposition in Zimbabwe has seen political dynamics in neighbouring Malawi and Zambia as hope that there could be change in Zimbabwe.

Jonathan Moyo, however, warned that the political landscape in Zambia and other countries is totally different from that of Zimbabwe. Moyo said there will be no victory for the opposition if political reforms have not been implemented. He said:

...2023 will be another wake-up call, meaning it will be another stolen election...

Responding to Jameson Timba, a former Minister of State in the Office of the late former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai who had said the army generals will uphold the constitution in 2023, Moyo said:

...you're relying on a dead gukurahundi mass murderer, Chimonyo and Gen PV Sibanda who coined the term "Operation Restore Legacy; stole 2018 presidential poll & refuses to act on findings of Motlanthe Commission on 1 Aug 2018 army massacres? Mwari pindirai!

The opposition in the country has been calling for political reforms accusing the ruling ZANU PF of abusing state institutions including the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the army, police and the Registrar General's office to rig elections.

Opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa vowed last year that he will not participate in the 2023 elections if ZEC has not been restructured accusing it of conniving with ZANU PF to manipulate the 2018 presidential election in favour of Mnangagwa.

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