By Nkosana Dlamini
A recent Twitter call by ‘Mandi Chimene’ on fellow G40 politicians to give up their past affiliations with the near extinct Zanu PF faction and surrender to President Emmerson Mnangagwa has elicited a savage reaction from Jonathan Moyo who is adamant the character behind the fawning posts was not the self-exiled former Manicaland provincial minister.
‘Mandi Chimene’ has in the recent past been pleading for forgiveness from Mnangagwa while also saying she is now homesick and would want passage back home to come and work under the incumbent.
Lately, ‘Chimene’ has called on “my G40 cdes who were against @edmnangagwa’s presidency” to accept “the man is equal to the task”.
“Instead of keeping trapped in in past differences, let’s be the patriots that VaMugabe wanted us to be & go home to support him. Let’s go back to ZANU PF,” said ‘Chimene’.
But Jonathan Moyo, through his own Twitter handle, has disputed this was indeed the controversial former G40 politician but a state security agent hiding behind her name.
“This is not a Mandi Chimene account but a #CIO account for its new #Twitterbots operation meant to generate false & misleading information. The #CIO managers of the operation are breathtakingly stupid: look at the people that Mandi is supposed to be following, it’s a big circus!” Moyo said.
‘Chimene’ was however not amused with Moyo’s accusations, also claiming the former Information minister was inciting people to insult her via WhatsApp group.
“Uri kutuma wana Munyaradzi Shoko kuti wandituke muma WhatsApp group enyuyo ezvinhu zvenyu sekuti ndofanira kuita zvaunoda iwe kuti uri ani? Ndava mbuya vevana and I deserve respect. I started politics before you kuhondo ndiko takabva ne ZANUPF iyi. Wausipo saka haundifungiri priz,” Chimene said.
That was enough to prompt a curt dismissal from Moyo who said, “Haiwawo. Pfuseki imi maCIO bots, munopenga and you will not get anywhere with this amateurish nonsense, instead you risk being exposed big time!”
However, Chimene has never publicly disputed the Twitter handle did not belong to her.
Chimene is a one-time fanatic of former First Lady Grace Mugabe who was in 2017 seen as angling to succeed her now late husband Robert Mugabe who was at the twilight of his 37-year-old rule.
The stunt by Grace invited a vigorous reaction from the military which ousted Mugabe and installed Mnangagwa.