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Only a mi­nor­ity of Zim­bab­weans dis­liked Grace Mugabe and the mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion that saw her ex­pelled from the rul­ing party has re­duced Zim­babwe to a “banana repub­lic”, a for­mer Cabi­net min­is­ter has said.

Jonathan Moyo said it was “un­pro­fes­sional” for the army led by Con­stantino Chi­wenga to in­ter­vene in Novem­ber just be­cause they didn’t like the for­mer first lady.

‘I left Zim­babwe with the help of an­gels’, for­mer Grace Mugabe ally tells BBC.

“The fact that some peo­ple, who may in fact be a mi­nor­ity, may have is­sues with Doc­tor Grace Mugabe does not mean it is a crime to sup­port her,” Moyo said in a BBC HARDtalk in­ter­view on Thurs­day.

“You do not pre­vent an elec­tion through a mil­i­tary coup sim­ply ar­gu­ing


that you do not like Grace Mugabe. It’s un­pro­fes­sional for an army to do that,” he added.

Watch the video be­low as Moyo speaks dur­ing the in­ter­view

Moyo was a key mem­ber of the G40 fac­tion that, un­til Novem­ber 15, had the up­per hand within the rul­ing Zanu-PF party. Grace Mugabe looked cer­tain to be­come one of the coun­try’s two vice pres­i­dents fol­low­ing the sack­ing on Novem­ber 6 of Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, who led a ri­val fac­tion.

But the mil­i­tary takeover saw the ex­pul­sion from Zanu-PF of Grace Mugabe, Moyo and oth­ers linked to her. Mnan­gagwa re­placed Mugabe as pres­i­dent.

Moyo said the army in­ter­ven­tion had re­duced Zim­babwe to a “banana repub­lic”.

“Zim­babwe’s army un­der Chi­wenga has joined the ranks of banana re­publics where mil­i­tary in­di­vid­u­als in­ter­vene be­cause they don’t like this in­di­vid­ual, or they like that in­di­vid­ual,” he said. Chi­wenga re­tired as defence forces com­man­der last month, but was swiftly pro­moted to vice pres­i­dent. He is also the min­is­ter of defence.

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