Emmerson Mnangagwa wants Tsvangirai's support to postpone polls, Jonathan Moyo tell BBC

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

"Remember I was part of the negotiations (after the military coup and the period preceding Mugabe's resignation) and the question that kept coming up was the former President saying 'we don't even know what to do with this large family he (Moyo) left in our hands".

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF youth league has reportedly claimed that former president Robert Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwao is "plotting sabotage voting" against the party in the forthcoming elections.

Harare- Zimbabwe's former higher education and tertiary minister Jonathan Moyo has claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited ailing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai last week, in a bid to seek his support to postpone elections by three years. The BBC interview was done via a television link from an undisclosed location. "It can't be a crime in a constitutional democracy", he said.

The last time he appeared on the hard-hitting programme as information minister in 2015, Prof Moyo scoffed at interviewer, Stephen Sackur, suggestion that then vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa was "now the heir apparent" to veteran leader Robert Mugabe.

Before his visit to Windhoek, the Zimbabwean statesman is expected to pay a courtesy call to Angolan President João Lourenço on Friday.

Moyo said the army acted unconstitutionally when it briefly took power from the government in November.

"In terms of the new constitution of Zimbabwe, section 62, there is a constitutional provision on the right to access to information, which entitles any person the right to any information which is held by the state in the interest of public accountability, fairness, human dignity and justice".

Responding to Moyo's remarks on a local radio station, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said: "Moyo should come to Zimbabwe and clear his name in the courts of law and not on BBC HardTalk".

Meanwhile, former ministers and other ex-Zanu PF officials linked to Grace Mugabe and the G40 faction who are still in the country have faced arrests on corruption charges.

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