Jonathan Moyo Describes Events Of Coup Night And How He Escaped


In his first interview on BBC Hardtalk, former cabinet minister Professor Jonathan Moyo revealed more details of how he escaped from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) during the military intervention. Moyo is yet to make a public appearance since Operation Restore Legacy and has refused to divulge his whereabouts, saying that he fears for his life. Said Moyo:

On that day, the military specifically targeted my house and myself with a clear intention to cause harm and that is why I am not in the country, although I left legally.

I am not at liberty to disclose my whereabouts because they have shown a very clear and determined intention to find me and harm me wherever I am.

On the morning of November 15, around 2:30am Zimbabwean time, between 15 to 25 heavily-armed SAS (Special Air Service) soldiers came to my residence and they destroyed the gate and entrance to my house and shot their way into every room looking for me, but fortunately they didn’t find me and none of the members of my family were there because I had been forewarned the previous night that I should not spend the night at my house and that I should take every member of my family with me out of the house.

…When they came to attack Saviour Kasukuwere’s house about 2:30am on November 15, they subjected it to some 15 minutes of gunfire.

Amazingly after 15 minutes they had surrounded the house and the sounds of gunfire just went silent and we waited there for about 10 minutes and there was no movement or sign of any presence of these special forces that had surrounded the house.

…I left Zimbabwe with the help of people, who to me are angels, because they saved lives and I am not at liberty to say who helped me, how they helped me and how I left Zimbabwe except to say I left Zimbabwe when President Mugabe was President of the country and I left with the assistance of these people legally.

I managed to escape the net of the military people and to be where I am legally…


You can watch the full interview.

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Jonathan Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician who is former member of the ZANU-PF party and was also a member of the party’s Politiburo. He also the former minister of Higher and Tertiary Education. Moyo was expelled from Parliament as the (Tsholotsho North) Legislator in November… Read More About Jonathan Moyo

Saviour Kasukuwere is a politician, businessman and farmer. He is the former Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing and former Zanu- PF national political commissar. Saviour Kasukuwere was expelled from Parliament as the (Mount Darwin South) legislator in November 2017. Read More About Saviour Kasukuwere

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces is the grouping of security forces in the Republic of Zimbabwe under which the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) and Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) fall. The Commander in Chief of ZDF is the president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Commander is… Read More About Zimbabwe Defence Forces

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