Another break-in at Mnangagwa offices

HARARE - Yet another break-in has been reported at the offices of embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Justice ministry offices, despite the fact that the complex where the offices are situated has 24-hour police guard.

The break-in was discovered on Wednesday morning when staff reported for duty and was believed to have taken place on Tuesday evening.

It occurred at a time that the ruling Zanu PF is locked in deadly factional and succession wars at whose heart the Midlands godfather is often mentioned.

The intruders appeared to have broken into the offices, on the 6th Floor of the New Government Complex along Central Avenue in Harare, through the ceiling.

ZBC reported that a ceiling board, with holes caused by a drilling machine, was found lying on a side table in the offices.

The permanent secretary in the ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Virginia Mabhiza, said it appeared as if the door to the VP’s office had not been tampered with.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba referred questions to the ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services.

And the permanent secretary in the ministry George Charamba confirmed the incident.

“Yes, I can confirm that there was a break-in, they drilled through the manhole that gives access to the ceiling, which is made of fibre material and then they went in,” said Charamba.

Asked about the time when the incident occurred, Charamba said he was not sure but also revealed that this is the sixth time the VP’s offices have been broken into.

“I don’t know what time it happened as I only went there around 9am, but what I can tell you is that this is the sixth break-in,” he said.

According to Charamba, on two occasions, the daring people used the ceiling to gain access into the offices of the feared politician.

The motive for the break-in was still to be established, and until late yesterday nothing had been reported to have been removed from the offices.

This is the fourth time that such an invasion of Mnangagwa’s offices, at both party and government level, has been reported since 2014.

Last year, some burglars also tried to break into his offices, while on another occasion a leather sofa in the office was tampered with — and surprisingly, it is not clear on all these accounts what the motive was.

In addition, State media reported a year ago that Mnangagwa had been involved in a car accident with a bus in Harare, in a case that his supporters claimed was an attempt on his life.

And when his party offices at the Zanu PF headquarters was broken into in December 2014, President Robert Mugabe was quoted saying he was aware “of people who really want to harm us, physical harm also”.

Comments (4)

zvava kubayana zanu ne zanu. nhaka vanopedzana. this is the time pf should start selling themselves to the electorate. mdc t ine confusion zanu ihondo so people first has a fair chance amassing the spoils.

zvirozviyedzwa - 14 January 2016

Crying victim when someone is about to bite.

X-MAN IV - 14 January 2016

we a tired of this huhhahooing, hocus pocussing daily noises. lets meddle on nationbuilding issues period!

jeff - 15 January 2016

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