The G40, a group of young politicians from Zanu PF, was led by Jonathan Moyo (a former higher education minister and Zanu PF politburo member), Saviour Kasukuwere and Patrick Zhuwao (Robert Mugabe’s nephew).
It was fronted by Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to fight against the rise of then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa – who led the factional group Lacoste – to the presidency.
After they outsmarted Lacoste by having Mnangagwa sacked from the vice presidency by his mentor and long-time ruler, Mugabe, in early November 2017, the G40 was ousted through a military coup several days later.
During the coup, Ignatius Chombo (then Zanu PF secretary for administration and finance minister) and Kudzanai Chipanga (youth secretary) were arrested by the military.
Kasukuwere, Zhuwao and Walter Mzembi (a long-term serving tourism minister at the time) all fled to the neighbhouring South Africa where they
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