Mnangagwa ups security

HARARE - As the ugly factional and succession wars devouring President Robert Mugabe’s post-congress Zanu PF worsen, it has emerged that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has beefed up his security ahead of the party’s crucial annual conference to be held in Victoria Falls next month.

This comes as the VP’s party enemies, mainly those linked to its ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40), are ratcheting up their attacks and schemes against the Midlands godfather.

At the same time, Mnangagwa’s allies are also said to be working hard to nudge President Robert Mugabe, who looks increasingly frail, to announce both his retirement timetable, as well as his successor at the December gathering.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News yesterday that Mnangagwa, who is now popularly referred to as Lacoste by his supporters, had upped his security arrangements amid fears of “more attempts on the VP’s life”, as had allegedly happened on a number of occasions since he was appointed Mugabe’s co-deputy late last year. 

“The man no longer trusts anybody because of the cyanide that was sprinkled in his office in an apparent attempt to poison him just after he became VP, as well as the subsequent motor vehicle accident that he was involved in which still linger in his mind. You should also remember that the man has always been not so trusting of anyone and his new high position makes it even worse,” one of the sources said.  

State Security minister Kembo Mohadi would neither confirm nor deny the development when the Daily News approached him yesterday, saying issues of State security were not for public consumption.

“We do not discuss what we do in the area of security with the media. That is why it is called security. Where have you heard that such issues can be discussed with the media? It doesn’t happen,” Mohadi said.

Reports over the past few months have said Mnangagwa has discarded several close security aides and senior security aides from the Central Intelligence Organisation, preferring to have his own people.

“While his wish to have his hand in picking the personnel that guards him was granted, he still thinks he needs to expand his security especially following the attempt on the life of one senior security officer who had to be rushed to South Africa for treatment about one-and-a-half months ago.

“The VP wants the security expanded particularly ahead of the December conference because he is looking forward to having the unresolved succession issues discussed and it could turn violent there,” another insider said.

Zanu PF is notorious for using State security agents, both in their internal power struggles and against the opposition — a situation that has bred a culture of paranoia among Zimbabweans across the political divide.

Only recently, Mashonaland Central provincial minister, Martin Dinha, received a bullet parcel with a chilling message from suspected political rivals within the ruling party.

In the run-up to the disputed 2013 elections, Dinha also allegedly received death threats that forced him to withdraw from the party’s primary elections for Bindura South constituency.

Comments (11)

If you don't trust anyone and you're aspiring to be president then you're in big trouble.

misty - 9 November 2015

It can never be that Mnangagwa can be seen being hassled by Grace or any other liliputian in the struggle for the liberaation of this country - Zimbabwe. This woman called Grace Mugabe the furthest she could go was to say Mnangagwa takes notes from her. She has the liberty to utter such nonsense because of her bed relationship with Robert. Otherwise she has no other basis to willy -nilly utter such nonsense. I do not hate her but she should know where her bounds lies. Zimbabwe is not a country inhabited by the the gullibles to whom she loves preaching. If she was told by Robert that in this country you can be what you want as long as you have the backing of the army , the she is wrongly informed . After Mugabe there is a new game. All corrupt owns will pay back. Never mind where you ortiginate from (regionwise) you will be required to toe the line- the line of proper government. After all, as things are, Zimbabwe needs a ruthless man like Emmerson to to gret rid of the shit that has crept in our society. The only applicable question anybody can ask is he clean. My answer is he could not be under MJugabe´s government becaus4e Mugabe rewarded his close man with corruption.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 9 November 2015

@misty . There is no trouble as you will call it. Surely we have to have people who aspire to be persidents os Zimbabwe , but no the Graceway. It can't ! She can campaign by her whole available power for good good governmence in Zim but she canot use her bed relationship with Bob to catapult herself into the postion of leading Zimbabwe after Mugabe. This position would only be reserved for her if she had hadf taken steps to rinse Zimbabwe of all corrupt tendencies. Unfortunately for for her,she did not do that despite her strategic position as one who goes to bed with Mugabe. She was only content in getting rid of Joice - but that is not enough in the eyes of ordinary Zims who expect action to red-direct the nation to find the the proper north again

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 9 November 2015

Now its there is no faction to play, the Mujurus are gone the old man is left exposed now, the ambitious lizard seems to have an upper hand, even Grace is now in fear to the the extent of abandoning her rally in the crocodile infested waters of masvingo,

mbare - 10 November 2015

Is Mnangagwa aware that the more security he is bring the more he is surrounding himself with more enemies. Every person in the security force is like a vulture waiting for any weak animal to show those signs of weakness and pound for a meal.

aminab - 11 November 2015

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