EXILED former cabinet minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo has rubbished claims that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy, Constantino Chiwenga, cannot rule Zimbabwe because they and were foreigners.
The claim was reportedly made by National Patriotic Front (NPP) spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire while addressing a party meeting.
A video was posted of Twitter of the NPP official suggesting that Mnangagwa and Chiwenga were not Zimbabweans and could not, therefore, rule the country.
Moyo, a sworn political enemy of both Chiwenga and Mnangagwa, disagreed.
Responding, the former higher education minister said; “It is false, illegal and unacceptable to say Mnangagwa and Chiwenga are foreigners.
“They were born in Zimbabwe and contributed immensely to the country’s liberation.
“A name is not a nationality. Besides it’s not a crime to be a foreigner. People are judged by their deeds not parentage.”
This is likely the first time Prof Moyo has appeared to defend Mnangagwa and Chiwenga who took over power after the military ousted former President Robert Mugabe last November.
An ardent loyalist of the fallen veteran leader, Moyo was forced into exile during the coup after escaping what he described as an assassination attempt by the military.
Thought to have been involved in the formation of the Mugabe-backed NPP party, Moyo has continued to be a bitter critic of Mnangagwa and his government from exile.
He stridently opposed the former vice president’s bid to succeed the aged Mugabe and looked to have won that battle after Mnangagwa was fired from both government and the ruling Zanu PF party.
However, the military intervened ousting Mugabe, and it was Moyo’s G40 group which scattered with Mnangagwa returning to take over power.