Mugabe workers quizzed over NPF

DOMESTIC and security staff at former President Robert Mugabe’s private residence in Borrowdale, Harare, were on Wednesday reportedly taken to Josiah Magama Army Barracks and quizzed by military officers to disclose who visited the veteran politician.

BY Everson Mushava/Xolisani Ncube

Reports from South African news outlets said the workers were collected from Mugabe’s Blue Roof mansion in the morning for questioning.

Former First Lady Grace Mugabe was said to be unsure of whether to remain at the house after Mugabe flew to South Africa on a private visit earlier.
Sources said an unknown number of workers were interrogated for more than 10 hours by military officers, who wanted to know who visited the former leader and what discussions they held.

Some of the workers also confirmed the raid, but could not give further details.

NewsDay understands they were released in the evening after Grace became restive.

“The interrogations were centred on who visits the former President, how they (workers) spend the day and if the ex-President discusses politics,” a source said.
“Basically, they wanted to know the thinking of the old man and his plans.”

The questioning comes in the wake of revelations that Mugabe was linked to newly-formed opposition National Patriotic Front led by former Cabinet minister Ambrose Mutinhiri.

The party is believed to be a grouping of members of the vanquished G40 faction.

Mnangagwa has responded by threatening to investigate Mugabe’s links to Mutinhiri and take “appropriate” action.

He said this while addressing a Zanu PF youth meeting on Wednesday, which was punctuated by derogatory slogans against the former leader.


Zimbabwe Defence Forces spokesperson, Overson Mugwisi was yesterday said to be in a meeting, while his Zimbabwe National Army counterpart, Alphios Makotore requested written questions, which he had not been responded to at the time of going to print.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said: “I have no information on what you are asking, kindly get in touch with the office of the President and Cabinet [chief secretary] Meshack Sibanda. They are the ones who are in touch with the former President’s office or family.

“No one has brought that to my attention.”

Sibanda was not reachable for comment.

The director of State residences, Douglas Tapfuma, said he was unaware of the development.

“I serve one master, His Excellency the President Cde ED Mnangagwa not the former President. I am sorry I know nothing,” he said.

Mnangagwa’s administration has been restive since Mugabe started speaking about events leading to his ouster and has been engaging political players.

Mugabe’s residence is manned by the police and military intelligence officers, with details of all visitors recorded.

The military is also concerned with business executives visiting Mugabe and reportedly wants to understand what the ex-leader discusses with them.

34 Comments

  1. Kuvhunduka chati kwata! Saka vaMugabe Bob idhara! Vakushaisa ED hope.

    1. You correct. ED and Chiwenga thought they owned Zimbos but alas ZanuPF will thrashed home and away. Mugabe is no push over.

  2. military rule is never sustainable in the long run its either some other military officer also decides to takeover or civil disturbance occurs.

  3. Mugabe gat a right to support whosoever he wishes so is every Zimbabwean

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  5. Vachadyisa sesugar nasekuru gore rino.Mirai muone

  6. Comment…Our constitution gaurantees freedom of association and Mugabe is free to meet anybody and comment on any matter. The lacoste cabal is scared stiff and knows it will loose the coming elections because they know Mugabe was and is still the face of zanu-pf. ED is not popular with the grassroots.

  7. Ko why is this old man given so much audience? ED respects him too much. He should just be ignored and left to the dust bins of history.

    1. He is not that type of a person whereby you ignore him and sleep a peaceful night when he is behind you. Coz there are two likely scenarios that are guaranteed when you wake – up: 1. Its either you will wake up facing your maker and wonder how you came there. or 2. When you wake up you will see all your vice presidents saluting him at the same time telling securities to arrest you and you wonder whether you are dreaming or you are dead.

      So kuvhunduka chati kwatara hunge une katurikire. Rega vavhunduke.

  8. Only goes to show that we still dealing with the same thugs that were there during the Mugabe era. But at least for once the old man is getting a taste of his own medicine.

  9. Mupagamuri-Chomuruvati

    Leave the old man to live his life. He is free to have a political opinion. Just becuse you carried out a coup on him you think you can also control his life, friends, associates etc? He is a free man who was involved in the liberation of this country (although he was a very bad man when he was in power!). He is free to join any party of his choice after you fired him and his family from your Mberengwa gathering! Muri kukwata rough!

  10. Zimbabwe Defence Forces spokesperson, Overson Mugwisi was yesterday said to be in a meeting, while his Zimbabwe National Army counterpart, Alphios Makotore requested written questions, which he had not been responded to at the time of going to print.

    Please editor do your job: ‘which he had not been’

    1. It is clear most of these so-called sub-editors “bought” their o-level English results-zimsec. At zimpapers it is disaster, the guys there don’t know the difference between his and hers or niece or nephew, it is a circus. If a story is better told in vernacular then let it be so. Cde editor allow the use of both english and local languages in your paper.

  11. Chatunga Mhere Blantyre

    let me Mugabe support any party he desires.Mnangagwa your coup is now haunting you.You know what Mugabe is capable of even in his old age.He is shrewd. You were fired from ZANU PF and you came back through the military and staged a coup.National Patriotic Front has come at the right time.Being led by a former commander with very strong war credentials. The party is a game changer.It will split zanu pf votes hence all this witch hunt!

  12. Cde. Ashley Chakanyuka Hondo

    If it is true then ED is going a little bit too far in violating our former President’s rights. He must know that the day shall inevitably come when he will fall from grace, and the same will be done to him. He must be mature enough to know that Cde Mugabe’s misfiring was that of allowing his vociferous wife to purge his wartime comrades, otherwise had it not been for Grace, Mnangagwa and VaMugabe could still be buddies, with the later singing praises. What’s happening shows that Mnangagwa is scared to death of the former statesman, and will go all the way to thwart any attempts by the newly formed party to challenge him through the ballot box. Cde Mugabe is entitled rights to join forces with whoever he wants to because they expelled him from the party. If I was to form my own party today, I would no doubt seek Mr Mugabe’s Sally time mentor-ship, because he was a good steward before, only to be corrupted by this Jezebel type of girl by the name Grace, of which I am sure he has since repented. Mnangagwa will one day pay for what he is doing: disturbing our elder statesman ‘s peace. Who doesn’t know that ED is not a saint, with a million skeletons in his closet?

  13. good move i hope there also got sjamboked

  14. But seriously these guys really think they have the support? As Zimbabweans we are very vulnerable kudita noise nemadhara arikuda kutonga nemazero avo awa shame sure. We need to be proping up change kwayo ichati nyika iinde mberi what will G40 and Lacoste vose were under Bob surely Grace Jonathan to lead Zimbabwe haaa varume mandipweteka nemaJokosi Africa so munogwadza maleaders

  15. As a man who was an absolute ruler for 37 yrs, Mugabe poses a big security threat to ED and the ZANU PF party. Surely, the man who wielded such enormous power- controlling the CIO, the military and the police to mention but a few- can be left unmonitored at ED’s own peril. He is even capable of successfully planning an assassination since he is privy to every minute security detail. Soon after Independence, the then CIO director, Ken Flower was alleged to have wanted to assassinate Mr muGate and he had to be dealt with. In any case, does anyone think muGate would have been happy should Ian Smith have decided to meddle in politics after all the years of anarchy at his helm?

  16. As a man who was an absolute ruler for 37 yrs, Mugabe poses a big security threat to ED and the ZANU PF party. Surely, the man who wielded such enormous power- controlling the CIO, the military and the police to mention but a few- can be left unmonitored at ED’s own peril. He is even capable of successfully planning an assassination since he is privy to every minute security detail. Soon after Independence, the then CIO director, Ken Flower was alleged to have wanted to assassinate Mugabe and he had to be dealt with. In any case, does anyone think Mugabe would have been happy should Ian Smith have decided to meddle in politics after all the years of anarchy at his helm?

  17. Guys don’t forget that Mugabe wanted to kill ED and Chiwengwa. Does he have the right to do that?. I won’t support Mugabe for that. He should remain quiet at his Blue ROOF ENJOYING THE RICHES HE LOOTED. Get out of politics mudhara. We know the game plan. He wants to fix ED because killing him failed. Aguta kunyarwa mudhara uyu. Anehutsinye.

  18. Zanu pf,ED and your old Mugabe, definitely we don’t want you anymore in our zimbabwean society at large. Your fights will never ever bother us as zanu pf and its support base are the really enemy of zimbabwe. So kill each others as you have done to innocent souls.

  19. Shut up Konde. You are very dull. Who was Mugabe’s right hand man for years achidyiwa pamaelections ongoitwa Minister. That ED guy is very ungrateful. He should be ashamed of himself. Mind you, he is 18 years younger than RGM. They removed him from ZANU PF, didn’t they? So what’s all fuss about? He has the right to support whoever he wants to support. They humiliated him and you EDiots celebrated yet your ED has proven to be failure. He has nothing to offer. RGM was way better than your 🤡 ED who deserves to go and play with kids as a ajiggyjar. We know he needs to rest and he himself knows it but he has a right to decide who to support. If you were RGM would you support ED after all the humiliation? Let’s be realistic here. Stop harassing the old man. Leave him alone and let him enjoy his retirement peacefully. After all ED iharahwa wo so STOP YOUR NONSENSE!!! Remember ED has many cases he is hiding- cases of rape, murder, abuse and many others. He is behind even the deaths of fellow ZANU PF ministers like Chindori-Chininga and many others like Rex Nhongo. We want a leader who does not kill citizens or harass them. To the 🤡 ED I say STOP HARASSING THE OLD MAN. Focusing on your useless campaigns (Ndosaka uchivingwa nemayouths 75 yet Tsvangirai attracted 750000 people most of whom were youths). ✋🏽✋🏽✋🏽✋🏽

  20. 1. Mugabe has a right to join or form any party
    2. If Mugabe does so, it shows that he has now accepted that Zanu PF does not support him
    3. He further accepts that the army does not support him either
    4. He then needs a new army of his own which is mutiny if divided the army or terrorism if makes new one
    5. So he cannot win
    6. However, the new party can give Mugabe a new political platform to undo Mnangagwa
    7. He can say who stole what and bring transparency
    8. Ed must let people take their mny from banks.

  21. Its jonso who is pulling the strings behind baba CHATUNGA PERIOD

  22. Chamisa anotonga chete siya zvakadaro

  23. mwari pindirai taneta nemudhara uyu haa with his age sure.Ko kuzorora akazviwanira respect yake kuramba tichangonzw nezvamugabe here

  24. I feel very sorry for u zimbabweans ndohwa tsitsi some of u ur contribution show u don’t know wat u want u just follow the wind the same guy Chiwenga who stood up to free us from Mugabe is now the same guy wamakumamira kudai mmmmmm shame on u if it wasn’t for these guys ingadai tirikuto nyanya kukwara nekutambura now u support chamisa who ddnt sacrifice anything for nxaa shame that simply shows we also contribute mukuparadza nyika yedu

  25. Heeey in france they have a 40 year leader Macron liberia young George Weah ,Austria they elected a 35 leader recently. In Italy few days ago a 31 YEAR OLD ran for presidency in that country and In Zim a 40 year old president IS COMING seems the world is getting fad up of old things AND we in the direction we want a president who will not lecture us about war when we say to him MR PRESIDENT PEOPLE ARE DRINKING WATER FULL OF SHIIT and we say lets put new water reticulation infrastructure for our cities and rural areas .Munangagwa is going he is just leading a shot lived govt just like Abel Muzoriwa ED yena hamba baba nyanisi he has no chance that is why he is panicking so .

  26. Whatever trick or otherwise that RG may attempt, it will not work. His track record, age etc are against him. The threats coming from him with his NPF may actually rally support for ED in the elections. The mere thought of his comeback will be enough to jolt voters into rallying behind ED. Mark my words.

  27. Ed ndizvo

  28. With no doubt ED is finished plus he is zanu and pple are tired of zanu .What is going to happen is lacoste and revived g40 will split votes this is going to happen anyone who does not see that coming is a fool .But majority of pple want total change just they are waiting for voting day .

  29. This is so wrong on many many levels. Mugabe has the right to form any party if he so wishes as a free Zimbo. Secondly, the army belongs to Zimbabwens not Zanu. So why are they quizzing people? On whose behalf? They are already showing that they are impartial and very partisan. These coup plotters must be vanquished for real. And I never liked Mugabe from day 1.

    1. I believe all of you who saying let Mugabe form a part, let him join that part, makanganwa razuro, hapana aiti bufu waiswera waenda iwe asi nhasi murikungotaura madiro makarara negotsi. he must stop it and rest home newazukuru wake mhani. he must be ashamed to try to come back at 94, he must appreciate these transformations that are taking place. 21 farms (14) asi wamwe one man one farm, aah nyarayiwo manga majaira kudya nemudhara uyo zvino motamba nhowa chete

  30. Mutinhiri is telling the truth. Vote Chamisa and you will surely get Grace Mugabe back either as his VP or his advisor. Mark my words RG Mugabe is a clever man. He does not endorse Chamisa for nothing. He has 21 farms by the way yet how many have you got?. I will never trust a man endorsed by RG because I know what happens to a country that unfortunately adopts RG’s family advice. The Junta is right RG needs very close monitoring. Surely he is a lucky man, his friend told him, for they left him alive. If it were me, Nxa.

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