Zanu PF botches up Gaddafi rescue plan

HARARE - In the inaugural instalment of this column, I promised that the Bull Eland would sneak into every nook and cranny and expose the beast for what it is.

I promised that I would invariably be inside the beast, exposing the rot and the shenanigans; especially in this Zanu PF’s last hour where a cabal has sought to enjoy their last supper.

This week, I take you to top security happenings in Zanu PF; a party that has become so porous that its political opponents are receiving briefings of top shelf secrets of this dying party.

At the recent UN summit in New York, Mugabe made an impassioned plea to the US to show some empathy on the brutal murder of one Muammar Gaddafi.

What he didn’t tell the world was that he is an interested party in the stampede by rogue African states to provide sanctuary to the late dictator’s family, not for any moral reason, but to benefit from the crumbs falling from this rich family’s table.

On September 19, 2011, exactly a month before Gaddafi was killed, one Yousef Murgham, the Libyan secretary of the Libyan Arab People’s Bureau in Kampala sent a message to Mugabe from the Libyan strongman asking for arms and support.

“As the Al Fateh revolution stood by its African brothers during the liberation struggles, it is that stand which has caused what we are facing in Libya today,” reads Colonel Gadaffi’s terse letter to Mugabe.

“You ought to return the favour and stand by the Al Fateh revolution and your brothers in the same way we stood for you, providing us with fighters, arms and logistical support. All our land borders are still open and will remain so to receive any help you can send us.”

We shall never know whether Mugabe assisted his friend in his last days, but there was a recent effort to provide sanctuary to Gaddafi’s family here in Harare.

This is not surprising. After all, we have already made our reputation as the sanatorium of Africa’s dictators, what with Mengistu Haile Mariam enjoying our Harare sunshine?

The same Yussuf, who was based in Uganda last year, last month made a request to a very senior official responsible for state residences in Harare requesting that Gaddafi’s family be provided sanctuary in Zimbabwe.

This senior official responsible for state residences engaged a known three-member team of retired police, army and CIO officers to work out the arrangements, which team convinced the President to provide a secret place for their sanctuary. (The names and more details can be made available if someone has the audacity to refute this!)

Mugabe agreed, but said the issue needed to be handled with care as it was “very sensitive.”

A private jet was arranged to go to Niger to pick up Saad Gaddaffi, the dictator’s third son who was born on Africa Day in 1973 but who has been provided asylum by Niger.

Saad, upon arrival in Harare, was expected to prepare for the arrival of the rest of the family members.

The hired jet left Harare on Friday, September 21, 2012 for Kampala to meet with the Ugandan-based coordinator of this mission and the group was expected to be given a fortune (for themselves) for offering to provide sanctuary to the highly-prized family that is being hunted by the world for gross human rights abuses.

The plane was not to proceed to Niger without money exchanging hands in Uganda.

But there was no money and the head of mission back in Harare ordered the plane to return to Harare if this team was not given money for this dangerous mission.

Yussuf gave assurances that the money would be made available once the jet landed in Niger.

The group proceeded to Niger via Chad where the plane refuelled before landing in Niamey.

Gaddaffi’s son did not board the plane as arranged but instead Niger intelligence officials approached the plane, whisked the pilots away and the passengers for interrogation. (Who would want this moneyed family out of their country?)

The Niger security refused to hand over the former strongman’s son. The Zimbabwean team was told that Saad was under house arrest and would not leave without the authority of the Niger government!

Saad said the plan had been badly executed as it was his mother and family member who were supposed to be in Harare first.

The Zimbabwean group was still under detention and interrogation and were only released after diplomatic interventions.

The Zimbabwean team, returned home without the prized possession and landed at Harare International Airport in the wee hours of Sunday, September 23, 2012.

The Bull Eland wants to send a message to Zanu PF that we are fully briefed. We have people in all spheres and that is why we won elections in almost all cantonment areas.

And that is why we will win the next election!!!

Our problem is that brave and audacious journalism has died, leaving only an embarrassing whimper to announce the profession’s feeble existence.

On a different note, Morgan Tsvangirai last month proved to all and sundry that he is the man to beat when a 30 000 strong-crowd turned up after a gruelling month in which his political foes had written his obituary.

Well, murume uyu ane vanhu!!!!

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