'Probe, arrest Mnangagwa'

HARARE - Zanu PF Mashonaland Central chairperson, Dickson Mafios, has upped the ante against sacked former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, saying he must be probed for abusing Command Agriculture inputs and grabbing mines.

This comes as the province was among the first to recommend Mnangagwa’s expulsion from Zanu PF, which happened on Wednesday.

Speaking at a Zanu PF youths rally on Wednesday, Mafios told President Robert Mugabe that his former deputy was corrupt and must be investigated and arrested.

“President, we thank you that you have taken a good move against Mnangagwa, we were worried about his conduct...after this move, you must make sure that Mnangagwa is investigated against the abuse of Command Agriculture inputs,” he said, adding that “it was a shame that a lawyer and vice president abused Command Agriculture inputs to advance his factional agendas”.

“Mnangagwa also grabbed many mines which belong to small-scale miners. He was abusing his authority as the VP to grab whatever he wants. We say Mnangagwa must be arrested because he is corrupt, he must face the music,” Mafios said to the delight and wild cheers from Zanu PF supporters.

Interestingly, a Zanu faction — Team Lacoste — allegedly led by Mnangagwa faction in April this year organised massive demonstrations against Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Mafios, accusing them of setting parallel structures and grabbing various mining claims in Mashonaland Central Province.

Mnangagwa who was fired from the VP post on Monday was Mugabe’s deputy since 2014, when he took over the position from Joice Mujuru, who was dismissed from government and Zanu PF on similar allegations.

Prior to his dismissal, the 75-year-old had held a number of senior positions in Mugabe’s government among them minister of State Security (1980 to 1988), minister of Justice (1988 to 2000), Speaker of Parliament (2000 to 2005), minister of Rural Housing (2005 to 2009), minister of Defence (2009 to 2013), and minister of Justice from (2013 to 2017).

His rise to power began as a young man, when he helped direct Zimbabwe’s 1970s war of independence and later became the country’s spy-master during the 1980s civil conflict.

He worked closely with Dan Stannard, who was one of the few whites who remained in the Zimbabwean secret service after the departure of Ken Flower.

In 2004, he lost his post as Zanu PF secretary for administration and was instead named secretary for legal affairs, in what was considered a demotion.

As secretary for administration he had been able to place his supporters in key party positions.

The move followed reports that Mnangagwa had been campaigning too hard for the post of vice-president, backed by his then close ally former Information minister Jonathan Moyo.


Comments (3)

when will this political soap opera end? why are these maggots creating one episode afta another? when are they going to stop bickering and face the economic challenges head-on? why cant mafios rise-up & say the person who came with the idea of bond notes must be called to order? we have this psuedo-currency raking havoc in the economy and no one is standing up to say pple are suffering!! this ed tune is being over played when prices & unemployment are running out of control. zanu pple, please save this drama for jongwe building and get down to sorting out real economic issues.

SaManyika Chaiye - 10 November 2017

Crazy "Dick'' Mafios!Why were you not saying all this nonsense all along before Mr Tichingotonga got kicked out by the old dictator?Even if the old man that you hero worship gets chucked out from the presidency you will be first one to tell us how bad Mugabe was.Speak of double standards!We all know that you are all thieves,crooks,murderers,you are everything that is evil!

Janana Bikaz Madhogodhogo - 10 November 2017

Tell Bob whatever he wants to hear...except the truth that he has overstayed and is not relevant to the problems we face as a nation. Tel him anything he likes so he rewards you. Til the day you run foul of his agenda, which is to die in office and leave his family to rule us all under the same conditions. A youth rally where nothing is discussed about the youth. We've had presidential interface rallies, we've had meet the people rallies, we've had million man marches and so forth and yet nothing ever cmes out of these except to suck up to Bob. Shame on you men of Zimbabwe. All of you! You fear losing the bread crumbs Bob gives you instead of removing him and getting real meaningful gains for all your hard work and education? Chamunotya chii? Kusiri kufa ndekupi?

Kwidz - 10 November 2017

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