Former Foreign Affairs Minister Walter Mzembi has found himself in the centre of a political storm after a WhatsApp chat was leaked in which he is purportedly plotting with South African based businessman Mutumwa Mawere to oust President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The authenticity of the chat is yet to be verified as it was published by a shadowy Twitter personality who calls himself M Matigiri and who has written for online publications under the name Matt E.T. Matigari. Matigari has been accused of being a Mnangagwa apologist as well as a cyber bully by others. However, the state-controlled Herald has claimed that Mzembi and former cabinet Minister Walter Mzembi are involved in a regime change plot for Zimbabwe. The Herald claimed that it is in possession of, although it did not publish, a leaked WhatsApp conversation between Mzembi and Mawere.

Could this be it?


[03/13, 21:44] Mutumwa Mawere: Hi
[03/13, 21:45] Walter Mzembi SA No: Good evening Bro
[03/13, 21:46] Mutumwa Mawere: Good evening
[03/13, 21:48] Walter Mzembi SA No: My apologies on today , was in PTA until late , we may have to move our coffee chat to the weekend when it’s all relaxed a bit , what’s your take?
[03/13, 21:48] Mutumwa Mawere: Fine with me
[03/13, 21:48] Mutumwa Mawere: Did you go through the stuff?
[03/13, 21:50] Walter Mzembi SA No: I have been going through the information you sent my summary is a regime change in Harare is part of the solution if not the ultimate solution.
[03/13, 21:51] Mutumwa Mawere: Is there an angle to pursue
[03/13, 21:53] Walter Mzembi SA No: International lobby on property rights and restitution is key. Harare cannot compensate whites for land and improvements, and skip you out of the list. It’s laughable
[03/13, 21:54] Mutumwa Mawere: What about the SA angle? Have you checked with Dewa if he has read the text messages?

[03/13, 21:56] Walter Mzembi SA No: We have to place your issue before the USA in a manner where it becomes topical politically and linked to removal of sanctions. Equally EU. So Dhewa will be key if we package it properly
[03/13, 21:57] Mutumwa Mawere: What about taking Ramaphosa to court in SA?
[03/13, 21:57] Walter Mzembi SA No: Senate Foreign Relations Committee our entry point in USA [03/13, 21:58] Mutumwa Mawere: Should we not separate Ramaphosa from ED first as a strategy [03/13, 21:58] Walter Mzembi SA No: Ramaphosa as our host we need him . We just need to bring Am up to speed with the Zimbabwean question
[03/13, 22:00] Walter Mzembi SA No: He needs to recalibrate regional solidarity
[03/13, 22:00] Mutumwa Mawere: Do you not agree that if he is put to the test in court then he will be forced to take the issue seriously? What do you think of convincing the EFF to take the front end of it?
[03/13, 22:01] Walter Mzembi SA No: As long as you don’t front it yourself the optics have to be right
[03/13, 22:02] Mutumwa Mawere: Have you read the draft affidavit by Miriam?
[03/13, 22:06] Walter Mzembi SA No: This is why I wanted to meet you so run me through some of the intimate details .
[03/13, 22:08] Mutumwa Mawere: Is it possible for you to seek the opinion of your lawyers, Dewa and EFF lawyers on the draft as a starting point so that we can pick their brains.