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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Mugabe in trouble as Mnangagwa’s govt arrests allies, targets more

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to
engage the services of Interpol to hunt
down Robert Mugabe’s allies.
In what is considered as beginning of
probe of Mugabe’s government,
Mnangagwa has ordered arrest of former
officials who fled the country when the
military toppled the veteran ruler last
month.
Former ministers Jonathan Moyo, Saviour
Kasukuwere and Paddy Zhanda are
believed to be the prime targets because of
alleged corruption-related crimes, The
Standard reports.
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission
(ZACC) pursued Moyo during Mugabe’s era
for the alleged theft of Zimbabwe
Manpower Development Fund money.
ZACC has already arrested four close
Mugabe allies namely Joseph Made, Walter
Chidakwa, Ignatius Chombo and Jason
Machaya.
Former Zanu PF youth leaders Kudzanai
Chipanga and Innocent Hamandishe were
also arrested on criminal charges linked to
the army takeover.
Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu told
The Standard that the government would
use Interpol to apprehend those outside
the country.
“We are doing everything possible to
ensure that those that have committed
crimes within Zimbabwe and are outside
Zimbabwe are brought to book. If it means
engaging Interpol, we will go that route,”
he said.
“The process is two-pronged, we are
looking at the local investigations and
outside investigations and outside
investigations, they involve Interpol.”
However, Mpofu refused to single out
Kasukuwere, Zhanda and Moyo as the
prime targets of the investigation.
“We are talking about all those that
committed crimes in Zimbabwe and if they
committed crimes, they will be involved in
this exercise.”
“If those three are involved in crimes
committed in Zimbabwe they will definitely
be part of our investigations,” the minister
added.
Reacting, Human Rights Watch’s southern
Africa director Dewa Mavhinga said the
government must prove that the spate of
arrests was not a form of revenge by the
Zanu PF Lacoste faction, which won the
battle to succeed Mugabe.
Mnangagwa’s government has a
challenge to demonstrate that recent
arrests of former ministers are not driven
by vengeance and political witch-hunting
and that there is total commitment to
rooting out corruption,” he said.
“Will the government target some current
ministers who have in the past been
publicly accused of corruption like Obert
Mpofu, who was accused of demanding a
$10 million bribe by Lovemore Kurotwi?
“There is an urgent need to build public
confidence that the government is serious
about ending corruption regardless of
factional affiliation.”
Human rights activist Patson Dzamara
said the arrests had nothing to do with
corruption but were an extension of Zanu
PF factional wars.
“There is absolutely no way these arrests
can be about corruption,” he said.
“It’s no brainer appreciating that Zanu PF
is a den of corruption, but when you see
one corrupt individual arresting another
then you must know it’s not about
corruption.
“The arrests of G40 members is becoming
a nauseating charade. For them to want
us to believe that only those who were/are
in G40 are corrupt is an unpalatable and
unamusing childish joke.

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