President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reportedly considering sacking local government minister July Moyo for allegedly harbouring presidential ambitions.
NewZimbabwe.com reports that the axe has been hanging over Moyo’s head for some time and recent dramatic scenes from his Midlands home heightened tensions between Mnangagwa and the local government minister.
Moyo is reported to have influenced Mudha to deploy Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operatives to help certain candidates win despite having been unpopular with voters.
Mnangagwa is said to have summoned some nine ministers and senior politburo members seconded to supervise proceedings in the provinces to two meetings on Monday, where Moyo’s name feature prominently “in a very bad light”.
The ZANU PF leader also reportedly met with some losing candidates he has a soft spot for and told them to calm down since he has plans for them in the not-so-distant future. NewZimbabwe.com reports:
So, from the look of things, it appears July Moyo’s days are numbered. Remember he is where he is courtesy of the president’s benevolence. The president handpicked him after he had lost the election for the Redcliff (National Assembly) seat, and he really has no roots of his own except in the presidency.
Someone reported in those meetings that during ahead of the provincial elections, Moyo was frequently being referred to as Prime Minister in their conferences.
Last year, exiled former cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo claimed that July Moyo was using witchcraft in his efforts to topple the ZANU PF. He tweeted:
JULY MOYO IN A FIX WITH ED: In 2020 he saw a N’anga on how to succeed ED; was advised to buy shoes; he got them in TURKEY; N’anga put juju on shoes and asked July to give ED as B/Day gift. Plot leaked to ED’s N’anga. July delivered shoes in Kwekwe & all OCCULTIC HELL BROKE LOOSE.
The former information minister added that as July Moyo delivered his birthday gift package to Mnangagwa at his Kwekwe farm, the First Lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa, intercepted it to see what was in it. He added:
…when she saw a fancy pair of shoes, she screamed, ‘shangu dziya, shangu dziya’ [those shoes, those shose]; Mnangagwa then asked July to leave immediately with the shoes, “buda, buda! [get out].
Independent MP for Norton, Temba Mliswa, has also previously accused Mudha and July Moyo of plotting to destroy Mnangagwa’s political life.