The bloody military coup that ended the late President Robert Mugabe’s 37 years of iron rule had a budget of US$100 million, exiled Professor Jonathan Moyo has revealed.
Posting on social media on Tuesday, Moyo said, “The military used the coup to coopt, in Zimspeak to compromise, key players in govt, ZanuPF, the opposition, civil society, media, business, churches, etc. There was a USD100m coup budget partly used to compromise people.”
The dramatic November 2017 coup which is captured in a hair raising movie-style hagiography by Douglas Rodgers was supported by the majority of Zimbabweans through the opposition parties and civic society organisations.
Professor Moyo is on record saying Mugabe had truly believed that his two protégés (Vice President Constantine Chiwenga and President Emmerson Mnangagwa) would never turn against him.
Interesting. The military used the coup to coopt, in Zimspeak to compromise, key players in govt, ZanuPF, the opposition, civil society, media, business, churches, etc. There was a USD100m coup budget partly used to compromise people. This is the elephant in Zim's political room! https://t.co/7m38CoiVd1 pic.twitter.com/nZhUMvMFZw
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) June 30, 2020
In 2018, Moyo said that if Mugabe had heeded the warnings, the November 2017 coup would have been stopped, adding that the coup plotters took a risk and were even surprised that it had paid off.
The Zimbabwean military temporarily took control of the southern African country on November 15 after internal feuding escalated in the ruling ZANU PF party over Mugabe’s succession.
The takeover, which the army said targeted Mugabe’s corrupt allies, came days after the 93-year-old leader had fired then deputy Mnangagwa, who had strong military ties and was widely tipped as the likely successor.