Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s close operatives are currently hiding in Kenya after Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the country according to Zimbabwe media.
Kenyan authorities are yet to confirm reports of the foreigners’ alleged presence in the country amid claims in Zimbabwe media that Jonathan Moyo, who was allied to Mugabe’s wife Grace, has waged a Twitter campaign against President Emmerson Mnagangwa’s new government.
Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere fled to Kenya after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces seized the capital, Harare and parts of the country, according to media reports that indicate that the two left the South African nation in the wake of Mugabe’s detention by the military on November 14.
Moyo, a controversial character even within the Zanu PF, from which he was ostracised, belongs in the G40 cabal that the new administration and military has branded as criminals for plundering the economy.
Mnangagwa, 75, was sworn in after the takeover, which the military said aimed at arresting “criminals” in government around the 93-year-old Mugabe.
His cabinet also retains many faces from the Mugabe regime, including the finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, and Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu.
“The bulk of members of the so called new cabinet is from the old guard,” said University of Zimbabwe political scientist Eldred Masunungure.
Kasukuwere was local government minister whereas Moyo served as Cabinet minister and spokesman.
Grace is believed to be in Zimbabwe, her children are scattered in Singapore and South Africa.
“Grace’s allies Moyo and Kasukuwere, who sought refuge at Mugabe’s house, the Blue Roof after the army intervention, have also left the country.”