Higher and Tertiary Education minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo’s beef with Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa could has taken a notch higher; he is now describing the command agriculture, economy and the like that the VP fronts as a coup detente in the making.
Moyo’s comments come after the ZANU PF government has made known its intentions to resort to command economy in a bid to boost industrial production.
Buoyed by the success of command agriculture, the government recently said it was working on the modalities to establish command mining, which would see the mining sector delivering 32 million tons to Fidelity Printers this year.
In that regard, Mnangagwa who chair the committee of food security and who is also the face of command agriculture; has outlined the need to expand command production to other key sectors of the economy.
However, Moyo a cabinet minister in the same government and from the same political party is not amused at all, as the succession wars in the ruling party now reaching the tipping end, he believes it now gives Mnangagwa a competitive edge in the succession race.
Moyo discredits and rubbishes command production, as not being a government programme, but a ploy to unseat Mugabe, the man he claims allegiance to.
“I have no knowledge of any command economy sanctioned and run by government.
“Command agriculture, economy is a silent coup brewing,” says Moyo.
Moyo who is alleged to be the godfather of the Generation 40 (G40) group that seeks to take power should Mugabe leaves office and who had admitted crafting the group has been at war with Mnangagwa who by protocol, is poised to take over from Mugabe.
As such, the learned professor now seems to be loggerheads with the President himself who initiated the programme and gave it to Mnangagwa for implementation.
Meanwhile, some have been asking on whose side Moyo is, for is attacking the same programme which is the brainchild of Mugabe, the man he claims to declare allegiance to, a clear sign that the centre is no longer holding.
The command mining programme has bias towards capacitating small scale miners, to which the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is going to inject US$40 million into the sector while at the same time opening it up to other funders.