SELF-PROCLAIMED commander of farm invasions Joseph Chinotimba’s business network faces imminent collapse as an onslaught on his political career is being launched by Zanu PF.
The former municipal policeman who rose to fame during the
land invasions in 2000, could see his empire, built through patronage, crumble.
Sources in Zanu PF said Chinotimba was one of the people discussed at last week’s politburo meeting, which resolved to expel former MPs Philip Chiyangwa and Kindness Paradza who represented Chinhoyi and Makonde respectively before their fallout with the ruling party.
Since his involvement in the Tsholotsho debacle, Zanu PF has been gradually clipping Chinotimba’s wings, first through elbowing him out of the parliamentary election before proceeding to boot him out of the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions.
If Zanu PF decides to expel Chinotimba, that would mark a serious indictment of his business empire, especially the security company which has secured most of its contracts on the basis of his links to the ruling party.
Chinotimba owns Edlan Security, which has been providing security to a number of parastatals and government buildings since 2003.
Edlan Security officers are distinguished by their green uniforms at Zupco bus termini throughout Harare. They are also in charge of security at Zupco headquarters and Grain Marketing Board depots in and around Harare.