Zanu PF succession battles: Mnangagwa in chemical warfare scare after office break in

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THERE was a break in at Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s offices at the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs last night. This is the fourth time this has happened at the same office.chinamasa.mnangwagwa

In last night’s break in, the suspects drilled a ceiling panel to gain entry.

There were no indications as to whether anything was stolen.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs permanent secretary, Mrs Virginia Mabhiza said the break-in was discovered around 7am today when the Acting President came to work.


“We are not very sure of the motive whether it was to gain entry or to insert objects but this is what was done,” she said.

“So far we cannot confirm whether there was any access into the room. All we can say is that the ceiling was tampered with, with two very visible holes which were possibly drilled. We are not sure of the motive and we have not fully assessed what else could have been done in this office.”

Government immediately expressed its concern at the relentless attempts on Cde Mnangagwa’s Offices and his life.

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Christopher Mushowe said Government was worried by the developments.

“As Government we are concerned and whoever is responsible for this must understand that Government cannot allow this to continue to happen,” he said.

“The pattern suggests that the same perpetrators who did it last time who used that panel there used this panel. So they know the nature of the panels here.

“Government will do everything possible to make sure that this kind of mischief is arrested.”

Meanwhile several security departments and officials from the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe were this morning doing their investigations at the offices.

SPORTS and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane this week found a live bullet in his hotel room and has since reported the matter to the police.

The minister found the bullet at Crowne Plaza Monomotapa Hotel in Harare in his 16th floor room as he returned from work at around 6PM.

The incident comes at a time when Zanu-PF has ordered the Midlands province to conduct hearings against party provincial leaders who have been accused of threatening Hlongwane and two other Ministers: Anastasia Ndhlovu, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality as well as Tapiwa Matangaidze, the Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.

Hlongwane, Ndhlovu and Matangaidze recently wrote to Zanu-PF national commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko seeking protection from party members who are allegedly victimising them on claims that their appointments were G40 (Generation 40) motivated.

Hlongwane yesterday confirmed filing a report at Harare Central Police Station in connection with the matter, but could not be drawn into saying much.