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– Kenyan denies it has provided asylum to a former powerful minister in Robert Mugabe’s administration

– Zimbabwean media claims the former minister is hold up in Kenya after Mugabe was overthrown

– The minister previously worked in Kenya with an NGO and was key to Grace Mugabe’s ascension to power

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has been forced to come clean on claims that Kenya has provided asylum to a former powerful minister in deposed Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe’s administration.

Kenya says contrary to claims being made by Zimbabwean media, former Zimbabwean Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo has not sought refuge in the country.

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Moyo is believed to have fled to Kenya when the Zimbabwean military removed from office Robert Mugabe after over three decades in power.

Kenya denies hosting Mugabe's close ally after Zimbabwe leader was removed from power

Kenya denies hosting Mugabe’s close ally after Zimbabwe leader was removed from power Photo: Facebook/Uhuru Kenyatta

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He is among the powerful officials in Mugabe’s administration being sought to answer to corruption allegations and running down the country’s economy.

“I would have known if he was in the country. Political asylum is a security issue and his request would have been processed by the National Security Advisory Council and the cabinet,” government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe said as quoted by Sunday Nation.

His sentiments were echoed by Interior Ministry spokesperson Mwenda Njoka who said Moyo has not sought political asylum in Kenya.

Emmerson Mnangagwa took over from Mugabe Photo: BBC

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As reported by, Mugabe was removed from office by Zimbabwean military when his wife, Grace, forced former vice president Emerson Mnangawa into exile in South Africa.

However, the military took over, forcing Grace to flee to Namibia as Mnangawa returned to take over as president.

The transition ended Mugabe’s 37 years in power and saw Zimbabweans pour into the streets to celebrate his end.

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