Tension grips Zimbabwe after a break-in at VP's offices
14 January 2016, 14:17
Harare – Tension has gripped Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party following a break-in on Tuesday at the offices of Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare.
This was the sixth time that Mnangagwa's offices were broken into since last year.
According to reports, unknown suspects drilled the ceiling to gain entry into the offices.
The state-owned Herald newspaper said that government had expressed concern over what it called "mischievous" attempts on the life of the country's second most powerful man.
The report said it remained unclear what was taken from Mnangagwa's offices.
"…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 of Information, Media and Broadcast Services Christopher Mushowe was quoted as saying.
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According to NewsDay, unnamed top party officials believed that the break-in was an inside job, as tension between Zanu-PF rival groups fighting to take over from President Robert Mugabe intensified.
President Robert Mugabe's spokesperson, George Charamba, said this was the fourth break-in at the same offices of the vice president.
"… This is the fourth time his same office has been broken into since last year, but all in all it’s the sixth taking into account the one while he was still at the defence ministry and the other one at Zanu-PF headquarters. This is a very serious matter meant to bring harm on him. This is a very worrisome trend,” Charamba was quoted saying.
In 2014, soon after being sworn in as the country’s deputy president, cyanide was sprayed into Mnangagwa’s offices, leaving one of his secretaries badly injured.
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