Mysterious break-in at minister Mpofu's offices

HARARE - One month after Zanu PF’s damp-squib “elective” congress, that was supposed to put paid to the debilitating culture of fear, plotting and factionalism within the party, Transport minister Obert Mpofu’s government offices were “mysteriously” broken into yesterday morning.

This came amid allegations that a fresh wave of ugly infighting is sweeping through the ruling party, as former allies in the broad group that worked together to annihilate former Vice President Joice Mujuru

turn against each other for a share of the spoils.

In a statement yesterday, police national spokesperson Charity Charamba described the break-in at Mpofu’s Kaguvi Building offices in Harare as “unlawful entry with intent unknown” — adding that nothing had been stolen during the break-in.

“An unknown accused person (sic) forced open three (3) doors at Kaguvi Building, 16th Floor, in Harare and tried to enter into Cde Mpofu’s office and failed.

“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,” Charamba said.

This is not the first time that the offices of senior politicians have been broken into in the past few weeks.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reported two major break-ins recently, as Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars continue unabated.

And despite spirited attempts by politiburo members Jonathan Moyo, Savior Kasukuwere, President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao — alleged kingpins of the so-called “Gang of Four” that includes Oppah Muchinguri — to present a picture of a united Zanu PF, there are growing claims that there is serious disquiet within the party over how positions were allocated after its congress.

Vice presidents Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko have borne the brunt of most of the recent infighting, amid claims that the two have been the biggest “undeserving” beneficiaries of Mujuru’s decimation.

As the infighting has raged on, a poisonous substance was allegedly sprinkled on Mnangagwa’s office desk last month, which left his aides who entered the office first battling for their lives after inhaling it.

In the run-up to the congress, Moyo and Mpofu allegedly locked horns in an explosive politburo meeting, with the Information minister apparently insulting the Transport minister, saying he had the brains of a rat.

Moyo accused Mpofu, who was in charge of Zanu PF’s Matabeleland North congress preparations of unilaterally and unprocedurally orchestrating the withdrawal of the nomination to the central committee of the speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda.

At the centre of Mpofu’s ructions with Mudenda towards congress was believed to be a dogfight for the party’s powerful post of national chairman -- that has since been done away with by Mugabe.

So vicious was the exchange between Mpofu and Moyo, that Moyo pummelled Mpofu with a furious tirade that forced the burly minister to withdraw into his shell after Mugabe supported the garrulous Information Czar.

Mpofu, who often hilariously and dutifully signs his official letters to Mugabe as “Your most obedient son”, was also reported to have been given a torrid time by Cain Mathema who allegedly slammed him for bragging about his wealth.

Mathema also allegedly accused Mpofu of being power-hungry and that he was overzealous in his attempt to be recognised as the most visible politician in Matabeleland North.

Comments (9)

These politicians they always like to project themselves as victims, someone tried to assassinate mnangagwa, mphoko was involved in an accident and now this.awu akelisixolele bantu

Mfokamdalampumsn - 4 January 2015

All these break ins are not real; they are of their own making as they try very hard to detract people's attention from the bread and butter issues affecting the general population.

Beta Dhliwayo - 4 January 2015

Baba Mpofu, If it was possible, start using your vast wealth to develop some areas of your choice, it could be tarmacking one stretch of road, sprucing up UBH or Mpilo, reforestation efforts, something or anything that will get you in touch with humanity once more because at moment you on cloud nine...come down Tara, calm down Mafukufuku.

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Rodney - 4 January 2015

This bitch called Charity Charamba is dull. Can't the ZRP find someone with a bit of brain. What does "an unknown accused" mean. She comments as if she were a member of ZANU PF. This is the problem with people who used their backsides to go up the ladder.

Tafanana Zhou - 4 January 2015

Are there no CCTV systems in government buildings?? This is 2015 and the 21st century of technology!! Work up the authorities that be. These are stage managed break-ins to distract us from real issues.

Garikayi - 5 January 2015

how does the police deal sternly with suspects. is this torturing before going to court being referred to. why does the police sound like a military bridgade

Cynthia Mushona - 5 January 2015

we r staying in a circus country, wat is more important??break ins or work, food on the table , electricity,water... ma basics... plus officer charity tanzwa nekubirwa kuno musingauye, wat kind of police r u?? plus we all know gvt offices r guarded by zrp cio even ma one man private security companies enyu ma shef...saka mbavha ndimi

ndini uya uya - 5 January 2015

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