Prof Moyo blow as African Union says there was no coup in Zimbabwe, rules out sacntions

By: 
Denis Gwenzi

AU Commissioner Smail Chergui and Prof Jonathan Moyo

Source: 
Own Correspondent

THE African Union (AU) head of peace and security has insisted that, under its rules, there was no coup in Zimbabwe, adding that the continental body was not planning to impose sanctions against Harare.

“It's not a coup according to African Union rules, because we are the one to declare if someone has made a coup and then apply sanctions… We are neither in a crisis in Zimbabwe nor in extraordinary situation," AU commissioner for peace and security Smail Chergui told Russian publication in a recent interview.

He added; "We didn't lose a single life in this process, totally peaceful and at the end, even the [former] president left with honour.

“It was just a dialogue between the leadership of the country and the president and they convinced him that maybe some of the actions taken, including around him and his immediate surrounding, were not good for the country, and he accepted to submit his resignation willingly.”

The position deals a major blow to allies of former President Robert Mugabe who have been urging the AU and regional block SADC to take action against last month’s transfer of power in Harare.

Mugabe, 93, eventually resigned after the military took to the streets mid-last month in what was seen as a move to stop plans for his wife Grace to succeed him.

Some allies of the former president have either been arrested or forced into exile after former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa took over power.

The Generals who helped force Mugabe out have denied staging a coup, claiming they were only targeting criminals against the aged former leader who were causing political and economic strife in the country.

But chief among the former cabinet ministers condemning the military action as a coup Mnangagwa’s government is illegal have been now-exiled former higher education minister Prof Jonathan Moyo.

Moyo and ex-cabinet ministers and allies such as Saviour Kasukuwere and Patrick Zhuwao have since escaped into exile.

Other cabinet colleagues linked to Mugabe’s wife such as former finance minister Ignatius Chombo and Walter Chidhakwa, who was mines minister, have since been arrested.

Mngangagwa las already indicated that fresh elections due next year would go ahead as scheduled.

However, Prof Moyo said the new an illegitimate government could not be trusted to conduct credible elections.

Said the ex-minister in Twitter recently; “Given what has happened since the coup d'etat of 15 November 2017, the only way forward is for #Sadc, #AU & #UN to #CuretheCoup by restoring constitutional legitimacy through a civilian national transitional structure to oversee free, fair & credible elections!”

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