Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa during his impromptu visit to Dubai last week offered Mugabe the use of the plane which the President declined, in a clear show of suspicion and fear it has been reported.
According to weekly The Independent , during the visit , the First Family were not happy with the fact that their guests had hired a private plane which was formerly owned by the Malawian government and sold to an arms company by former Malawian president Joyce Banda.
South African millionaire Ivor Ichikowitz — who is involved in arms dealings — provided the jet but it was not clear at the time of going to press yesterday why Mnangagwa decided to use the controversial businessman’s plane.
The plane was bought in 2013 by Bohnox Enterprises, a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands, which operates from South Africa, where it is loaned to VIPs by the jet company Fortune Air. Both companies are linked to Paramount Group, Africa’s largest private defence and aerospace firm.
It was then that Mnangagwa offered Mugabe the use of the plane but he turned the offer down.
And the acting president, whose offices were on Wednesday broken into, even posed for pictures in the private jet owned by Ichikowitz, owner of Paramount Group.
According to his website, “Ichikowitz is a life-long proponent of Africa and its people and his interests stretch from local community initiatives to international trade and development. He believes that the continent has the potential to become an important global economic power. Over the last two decades he has been an active investor, employer and entrepreneur building numerous successful businesses across the continent.
“Since the early 90s he has proudly supported initiatives that promote transformation and nation building in South Africa. He was active in the anti-apartheid struggle and has openly supported the African National Congress.”
There is a long history of Zanu PF politicians eliminating each other .