UNKNOWN people attempted to break into Transport minister Obert Mpofu’s Kaguvi offices in Harare, it has been established.
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This comes hardly a month after unknown assailants sprayed cyanide in Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Office leaving at least two people hospitalised.
Police yesterday confirmed the incident.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said they were conducting investigations in connection with the case of “unlawful entry with unknown intent” which occurred at Mpofu’s office yesterday.
“An unknown accused person forced open three doors at Kaguvi Building 16th Floor in Harare and tried to enter Cde Mpofu’s office and failed. Initial investigations have revealed that nothing was stolen from the office,” Charamba said.
“The ZRP has stepped up surveillance on all government buildings and will take stern action against anyone who will be found trying to cause alarm and despondency on government officials.”
Mpofu is also the Zanu PF secretary for finance, a position that was held by former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa following the death of David Karimanzira.
Cases of break-ins at offices of top government officials are on the increase. Last September, burglars broke into Mnangagwa’s Ministry of Justice offices at the New Government Complex.
On the day President Robert Mugabe named Mnangagwa as one of his two deputies, unknown people broke into his Zanu PF HQ office and sprayed what is believed to be cyanide.
Burglars again broke into the Chambers of Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku at the Supreme Court and walked away with a desktop computer and a television set. Four Supreme Court judges also lost the keys to their Chambers.
The cyanide incident happened a few weeks after Mnangagwa was involved in an accident with a Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals truck in a move observers claimed he could be subject of attack as Zanu PF infighting escalated.
Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko was also involved in an accident a few days after his appointment.
Zanu PF had been embroiled in serious infighting in the run up to its congress last year. A faction led by ousted Vice-President Joice Mujuru was battling with the Mnangagwa faction in the race to succeed Mugabe, who turns 91 next month.
The infighting has claimed several scalps, with Mugabe firing 16 ministers and deputies who were perceived to be linked to the Mujuru camp, accused of plotting to assassinate Mugabe.