Office break-in: Mugabe must also be worried

THE burglary at Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Justice Ministry offices at the New Government Complex in Harare on Tuesday night, made worrisome reading, particularly with indications suggesting that it could be an inside job given that the office is located within a heavily-guarded security building.

While there could be many ordinary people that do not care a hoot about Zanu PF internecine fights, these happenings have a far much wider implication with regard to national security and protection of the country’s leaders.

At this point, Mnangagwa is not just an ordinary Zanu PF politician — he is the State Acting President — and if factional politics can go to such an extent as to endanger his life, sane people must be worried stiff. This applies to everybody who occupies that position — President Robert Mugabe, Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko or whoever else.

While it is commendable for the police to be seized with the matter, Zanu PF must do serious soul-searching and bring the warring factions to a consensus for the good of both the party and the nation.


We urge Mnangagwa to go a step further by engaging private investigators to get to the bottom of this matter as six attempts on a high-profile individual shows those behind these machinations could be determined to eliminate him. The private investigators must exonerate the involvement of our security apparatus; otherwise it could be an internal thing.

What compounds the matter is that there are some within Zanu PF who have publicly declared themselves anti-Mnangagwa as though he was not Zimbabwean. We do not mind them differing with him for we are sure he also expects that, but these attempts on his life can only come from people with a selfish motive to throw the country into chaos.

Does this follow that these threats are only directed at Mnangagwa only? Mugabe must also be worried if he is really not sponsoring the gangsters, otherwise what stops this same cabal from plotting his downfall? Zimbabweans believe in constitutionalism and not chaos, and so it is hoped this will only end with those in an acting capacity and not a constitutionally elected leader.

The fact that these threats targeted at Mnangagwa have been going on for a long time — perhaps in the hope of scaring him off — there’s no telling what will be done next if these early futile attempts fail to ruffle his feathers, as they probably have already, anyway.

Zanu PF cannot afford to remain in a state where it is now characterised by suspicion and, perhaps, fear and anxiety. Failure to intimidate Mnangagwa by whoever is responsible may lead to more drastic attempts that may be disastrous. And with Mugabe increasingly losing grip on the party due to advancing age and its attendant ailments, the party will likely implode with huge consequences for the majority.

From what has been reported so far, there is no indication that the culprits were looking for something in the office, but were merely out to send some kind of message to Mnangagwa. The fact that this happened almost immediately after he assumed the Acting Presidency from Mphoko makes the whole thing even more curious.

The fact that this also came shortly after Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane recovered a live bullet from his hotel room demonstrates that there is far much more to this saga than meets the eye. It also demonstrates the urgent need to contain whatever dissensions are within the party at the moment. Zanu PF cannot afford to sit and watch such things happen. They portend ill.

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  1. Wasting our time. Why is that on all those attempts there have been no arrests or rumour of arrests. These are inside jobs by Ngwena himself. Why is he so quiet about all these attempts to his life.
    Even though they are genuine enemies it also shows that he has enemies and also plotting the same to them.
    Its their game let them play it.

    1. You are right, this either a staged break in by Mnangagwa himself or the CIO. No one else has the resources to carry out such an audacious break in.

  2. This Timi maBonzo game in town must come to any end. This is just a succession ploy game at hand. Uncle Bob should rein in this otherwise Zim will suffer , and the first being his family. Please note the following footprint.
    1) General Solo died when Uncle was in Angola
    2) When the General Solo died there was no crack team from the army to investigate his death
    3) There was reported party for celebrating the death of the former soldier
    4) Joice was kicked out after match Gamatox Vs Weevils
    5) Army tells Zanu PF to put their house in order
    6).New party leaders appointed
    7) G40 VS Lacoste game starts
    8) Army told not to get involved in politics
    8) Bullet in the room vs office break in
    9) Army to investigate break in but not bullet?

    Conclusively I can tell Uncle B that for his legacy to stand he must consider his successor wisely. YOU DONT GIVE A TROPHY TO MURDERS !The people who burnt Solo yester year and the same people who will make his family suffer.

    Mudhara vanhu venyu ava hameno???

    1. @Timmy. Why do I feel tempted to agree with you. This is all to do with the late general’s death. Ngwena is receiving some warnings. The guys, whoever they are, are saying “chidembo tamba-tamba zvako but muswe takabata”. If it’s not Ngwena himself who did it, it must be someone in a higher office than his. I think there are some strange and odd people just waiting for the departure of the strongman, Zim1, before they start a terror crusade in the country. Sometimes I wish Mugabe would live forever and manage the mess he created. It’s better that way. We can’t go back to civil unrest and war!!!

  3. RG is behind all this. He is not worried and he does not care about the so called legacy. he is just after absolute power until he departs permanently. He is just warning Ngwea/Lizard that he, RG, has the power to do him a Mujuru.

  4. A government building manned by heavily armed police. An office of the most feared person in Zimbabwe and of Vice President konzi kwapinda mbabva twice? Lets not expose our security to the world like that. How about those registers which visitors sign in and out? Does it mean they aren’t efficient? Check on your records Commissioners of any person who would have signed in and never signed out. I hate instability and I have war. Zimbabwe is a peace loving and God fearing country. I urge our leaders to be fair with the people who voted them in and stop fighting.

  5. Who wrote this article? The whole story is a fabrication, sad to see people believing Zanu’s machinations.
    Why would Mugabe or anybody in the top echelons of Zanu when they created this whole story to gain mileage.

    1. not just that, but it is the only article I have read in years where the replies are better written than the piece itself.

      D- ! Must do better !

  6. this Zambian killer at his games AGAIN ….!!! you have been warned…!!!!

  7. Seeing govt is broke, is there no private security company that can show their patriotism by offering free CCTV services for govt to prevent a repeat of this and to prevent a worst case scenario? Just thinking aloud.

  8. kana pafa munhu mukuru anenge achida mutsamiro (pillow) yekuenda akatsamira,
    naizvozvo Zim1 arikutsvagirwa pillow.

  9. I e­­­arn 2­­­5 do­­­llars e­­­very 3­­­0 mi­­­nut­­­es. Wo­­­rk f­­­or fe­­­w ho­­­urs a­­­nd ha­­­ve l­­­ong­­­er ti­­­me wi­­­th fr­­­iend­­­s an­­­d f­­­ami­­­ly. ­­­ch­­­eck it o­­­ut th­­­is li­­­nk fo­­­r de­­­tails.­­­


  10. Mayo Mayo!! We have come of age, us with milk slobbering down our noses. Us a population of political minnows. Us a country reputed for its political immaturity. Who is the author of this opinion piece? None other than the editor of the News Day!!!!, itself an SBU of AMH. It is quite laudable if you were to ask me. The paper threw away the jacket of oppositional political activism, to be specific MDC-T and Western regional politics, for matters of national interest. It is something that has been agonizingly missing in this paper’s publications over the years. My fellow comrades always miss telling points in newspaper articles. The issue here is not about who is doing it, because the opinion adequately covered that. It is the security implications to you and me, and the entire country. When such bad things happen to our national leaders we must all be worried because the implications are too ghastly to contemplate. In fact these are reckless shenanigans which must stimulate the whole country. For once, Newsday is spot on to point out that these are issues that should take the country beyond the barriers of partisan politics. For a good measure, the editor merits a huge pat on the back.

  11. Hapana kana nyaya apo, tsoro yakarongwa iyo, Ngwena anoda timunzwire tsitsi achizvibhogomorera office rake ega. In fact who cares. Satan must design a new hell, special for Zanu pf leaders. Aaah Vanhu vashungurudzwa kani vachaneta riniko.

  12. This is rubbish, diverting attention from the real issues. Who would dare do that? First it was the so called accident along Josiah Tongogara, in that run down Mercedes…now a couple of burglaries. Idzi ndonhema!! Ngwena is stage managing all this. Crap!

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