Mugabe ghost continues to haunt Mnangagwa’s regime

A bid by former Zanu PF youth leaders to force the Prosecutor General’s (PG) office to release minutes pertaining to operation restore legacy, which saw former President Robert Mugabe relinquishing power in November 2017, hit a snag after prosecutors argued there were no minutes to speak of as Mugabe was not overthrown.

HARARE – An attempt by former Zanu PF youth leaders to force the Attorney General’s (PG) office to release a transcript of the legacy restoration operation which saw former President Robert Mugabe resign from power in November 2017 was raised yesterday, a demach prosecutors had argued there were no minutes to speak since Mugabe was not ousted.

Prosecutors made the comments while responding to calls from Kudzanai Chipanga, Rodney Dangarembizi and Innocent Hamandishe for more details and insisting the state had protocols on the alleged coup.

The three men face charges of harassment, alleging they wrote and published a speech in response to Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Commander Constantino Chiwenga’s speech calling for the start of the recovery operation of the announced inheritance.

President Mnangagwa and Mugabe
President Mnangagwa rose to power after pushing out mentor Robert Mugabe in a November 2017 coup

Prosecutor Desire Chidanire told the court that the state had provided the trio with all the necessary documents it deemed relevant to their case and therefore they should use them to prepare their defense.

“Frankly, there has never been a coup in Zimbabwe, so said coup protocol does not exist,” Chidanire said as he completed his paperwork.

However, the trio’s lawyer, Alec Muchadehama, insisted that the state had not demonstrated in its findings that it had made any effort to obtain the transcript of the coup from official sources.

“It is not true that the documents do not exist, as state documents indicate that Chipanga responded to statements made by Chiwenga and Sibusiso Moyo in a press release during the operation to restore the legacy, so name the investigation has erthis men investigating the responsible “documents,” Muchadehama said.

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