Jonathan Moyo unkind as British think tank retracts message saying Zim elections on July 18

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BRITISH Think Tank Chatham House was late Monday forced to retract a tweet it had posted claiming Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo had declared the country would go to the polls on July 18.

Moyo, however, indicated elections will be held in July without giving a date.

Former Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, however, did not take kindly to both the Foreign minister’s pronouncement of a month in which the elections will be held or Chatham House’s “clarification”.

“Clarification: HE Sibusiso Moyo spoke of elections in July 2018, with no specific date, the below date (sic) was tweeted in error,” Chatham House said in a tweet referring followers to a video link of Moyo’s presentation.

But former Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, now in exile in the aftermath of long-time dictator Robert Mugabe’s fall last November, lashed out at Moyo for the “gaffe”.

“The coup announcer’s declaration in Britain that 18 July is Zimbabwe’s election date is enough proof that Emmerson Mnangagwa is a pawn of the British controlled post-coup Zimbabwe army and that Zimbabwe has become a British colony again. The past is back with a vengeance,” Moyo said.

However after the clarification by Chatham House, Moyo turned his guns in the Think Tank and insisted the Foreign Affairs minister had no right even to give an indication that elections will be in July.

“You are not fooling anyone by claiming to be clarifying your error when you should be correcting it,” he said in a tweet targeted at the organisers of the event.

To his namesake the former Higher Education minister said: “Still it’s wrong and not his brief for SB Moyo to say elections are in July. At law the elections should be between 21 July and 22 August. The exact date is proclaimed by the President in the government Gazette.”

Former Industry minister Welshman Ncube’s MDC said it welcomed Moyo’s pronouncement that Mnangagwa will give up power if he loses to the opposition. However, he added that it should be the national army assuring the world that it would accept the election results.

Ncube is spokesperson of a loose coalition of fringe opposition parties led by the MDC-T under the banner of the MDC Alliance.