Zimbabwe president to visit Angola Friday

Zim ministry seeks Mnangagwa's consent to free 2 000 inmates

Zim ministry seeks Mnangagwa's consent to free 2 000 inmates

FORMER higher education minister and now prominent government critic professor Jonathan Moyo has appeared on the BBC's HARDtalk with the pre-recorded interview set to be broadcast Thursday morning.

Mnangagwa will also use the visit to formally introduce himself as Zimbabwean president to President Geingob, who also serves as deputy chairperson of SADC.

The Zimbabwean Government on Thursday, honoured an activist who was arrested for booing former first lady Grace Mugabe with a "liberation hero" status, after he died in a auto crash.

Namibia's two former presidents, Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba, attended Mnangagwa's inauguration in Harare past year and also paid a courtesy visit to Mugabe, who had just given up power days earlier.

Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao recently claimed during an interview with Voice of America that his uncle was being "ill-treated" by Mnangagwa's government. He says the situation has changed in Zimbabwe since 2013, when a new constitution was enacted.

Zhuwao - who was part of a faction loyal to former first lady Grace Mugabe - said that before Mugabe was pressured into resigning on November 24 groups that included women, youths and traditional leaders, as well as entrepreneurs, farmers and students had been joining forces within the ruling party.

"They have come into power via the bullet not the ballot", Moyo charged, adding that Zimbabweans "cannot be expected to embrace the most feared individuals". "He (Moyo) ran away from his family and left them in the hands of a 93-year-old, at the Blue Roof (Mugabe's private mansion)" said Charamba.

"At about 2.30am, about 15 to 26 members of the military special forces stormed my house, with the intent to kill me".

Since his resignation Moyo and his close allies have escaped into exile, claiming to have escaped assassination attempts by the military. A Malawi publication this week claimed that he was in that country.