THERE was yet another break-in at Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office on Tuesday night and Government yesterday expressed concern at continuous attempts on his life as it pledged to bring the culprits to book.This is the sixth time unidentified culprits have tampered with Cde Mnangagwa’s offices in Government and at party level. Acting President Mnangagwa’s offices have been broken into four times at the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and once at Defence House when he was Defence Minister.
His offices at Zanu-PF Headquarters in Harare were broken into by unknown elements in 2014 who laced his desk with cyanide, poisoning his secretary who had to be hospitalised. In the latest break-in at the Government Complex, the culprits drilled a ceiling panel to gain entry.
There were no indications if anything had been stolen. Officials from security departments with sniffer dogs and the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe visited the offices yesterday to carry out investigations.
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Christopher Mushohwe said Government was concerned with relentless break-ins at Acting President Mnangagwa’s offices. “This is the sixth time that this kind of break-in has happened at the offices of the Acting President.
“We are concerned, especially with this one because you can see the holes that they drilled and pulled the ceiling from the roof and used the hole as an entrance. We do not know what they wanted here or what they have done or taken from the office because experts are yet to do thorough investigations.”
Minister Mushohwe said it was clear the incessant negative reports by the private media, particularly the Daily News, against Acting President Mnangagwa were a precursor to the break-in at the offices. The whole of this week, the Daily News has been leading with stories that portrayed a negative picture of Acting President Mnangagwa.
On Monday, the paper led with a story headlined “Mnangagwa begs Mugabe . . . as VP feels heat of Zanu- PF’s brutal succession wars”. On Tuesday they led with a story titled: “VP allies face Zanu-PF sack . . . as Midlands succession wars continue to escalate. Yesterday they had a headline story titled: “Mnangagwa in a corner as G40 minister gets bullet parcel”.