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Mnangagwa saga in dramatic twist

Fired vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa is still holed up in South Africa and isolated despite claims that he is in China, sources said amid indications President Robert Mugabe has ordered that his finances must be closely monitored.

BY Everson Mushava/Xolisani Ncube

Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe two days after he was fired by Mugabe on Monday for “disloyalty and deceit”.

A statement attributed to him threatened that he would return in a few weeks to topple Mugabe, but sources yesterday said far from being in a fighting mood, Mnangagwa was desperate to re-open lines of communication with his boss.

“Mnangagwa is in Pretoria and did not go to China as is being claimed,” the source said last night. “He is broken, terrified and scared.”

The source said the former VP was also being shunned by his business associates, including the Indian owners of the Africa Chrome Fields (ACF).

ACF owners refused to provide Mnangagwa with a private jet last Tuesday and have not been in touch with him since his arrival in South Africa

“He is desperate to reconnect with Mugabe and his wife so that he can be allowed to return home,” the source added. “He has told his children that he is not feeling well and is desperate to return home and rest but his supporters are putting pressure on him to fight his dismissal.”

Mnangagwa is said to be with his son Emmerson Junior.

War veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa, who addressed a press conference in Johannesburg last week and announced that the former VP was on his way to South Africa, promising he would join the opposition ranks, was tongue-tied yesterday.

On Friday he promised to answer about 10 questions from The Standard about the Mnangagwa debacle, but eventually delivered two lines before going quiet.

“I am focused on the future, not this parochial history. The Mugabe era of monumental misrule is in imminent sunset,” was all Mutswanga could say about the questions, including whether he penned the statement attributed to Mnangagwa or not.

Meanwhile, in Harare state security agencies were said to be investigating a number of Mnangagwa’s alleged crimes, including suspected money laundering that could see the once powerful VP being arrested on his return.

“The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe financial intelligence unit has been instructed to keep a close eye on his bank accounts and his business interests because there are fears that he could be funding terror and violence within Zanu PF structures,” a senior government official said.

“His close allies, both in the business sector and outside the country, are under monitoring and surveillance — be it mobile money or their business operations — from the amounts they are banking to sales.”

The former VP is said to have interest in sectors such as banking, hotel and leisure, energy, mining and agriculture.

Mnangagwa has allegedly been linked to a case where a local company was using bank transfers to mop up foreign currency in contravention of the Exchange Control Act.

The matter was partly investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission under RR 27/10/17 but was dropped under unclear circumstances.

Companies identified as Europium Star Investments, Spartan Security and Makanaka Investments are involved in the saga.

Spartan is owned by Mnangagwa’s close relative, Tarirai David Munangagwa who initially tried to leave the country for Mozambique via Forbes Border Post.

Makanaka Investments, also trades as Pote Investments and operates largely in the Zvishavane area, is owned by for former VP’s ally, Antony Clever Pote.

The directors of Europium and Spartan are being investigated for allegedly violating the Exchange Control Act by selling money through bank transfers.

A Billy Tanhira, who is believed to be opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s late wife, Susan’s brother is also being investigated as part of the case.

According to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) documents, the matter came to light after two men, Fordias Nyerere and Onesimo Ndoro; accused of converting $100 000 to personal use by Tanhira, who claimed to be the owner of Europium, were arrested for theft of property.

Tanhira’s, whose name does not appear on the ownership documents of the company but is the complainant in the matter, claimed Nyerere and Ndoro were supposed to give $201 000 from Makanaka Investments realised from the transfer of $232 000.

Nyerere and Ndoro’s lawyers, Bherebende Law Chambers have now written a complaint against the police claiming their clients were being victimised because they were small fish.

The lawyers said several transactions of a similar nature where several millions of dollars were sold by Makanaka Investments to several companies including Spartan were conducted through t Nyerere and Ndoro.

Sources this was part of many cases that could be used to put Mnangagwa behind bars.

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22 Responses to Mnangagwa saga in dramatic twist

  1. Tafmug November 12, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    For a paper paid to parrot g40 propaganda, you could not do better than this

  2. ED ka 1 November 12, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    Thus stupid why investigations now.Thus to say all of the ministers are busy looting and the police is just letting the go free because they are ministers.ED has no case to answer.

  3. Bwe November 12, 2017 at 9:37 am #

    The Standard should refuse to be used. You are soiling your name.

  4. I Hate G40 November 12, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    Shame on you Standard.Your will.soon lose.relevance with your paid rubbish stories

  5. Nyikavanhu November 12, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    Haiwawo!!!!!

  6. Singa Pore November 12, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    You want Standard to ignore this case because Lizard is involved.He should have his day court for all i care.

  7. lizard lingley November 12, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    No Why why and why now.this means the status of the government in providing is terrible

  8. Lacoste garwe November 12, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    Mnangagwa should fight back

  9. lizard lingley November 12, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    No Why why and why now.this means the status of the government in providing is terrible. VANHU VEMUZIMBABWE VAKAPUSISISA TICHITARISA NENYIKA DZIRI PASI ROSE.ZANU NGAISIYE GOVERNMENT.WHY NOW NOT KUDHARA KUTAURA UMBAVHA HWA MUNANGAGWA.KOVARI MUCABINET YAMUGABE AVA KEEE.MWANA WE ZIM.SVINURA MHANJE

  10. Tengenenge November 12, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    Hogwash penned by the ZIMDEF thief, Jonono himself

  11. Ezzo November 12, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    Mnangagwa atori nani pane vasara vacho koz iye akatomira kuba .
    Vakasara muZANU PF vacho vachiri kuenda mberi nekuba.

  12. Mthulisi November 12, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Hw much is Chimsoro Bangu Jonah paying u

  13. Mkaranga November 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Hapana hunani panemhondi yakaita saMnangagwa. Ropa revazhinji ririmumaoko ake.

    Ranga riri instrument of death, post independence, during Gukurahundi, to settle personal & business affairs,, during those violent elections and other intra-party and inter-party incidents.

    He is experiencing exactly what others experienced under him and his mentor.

    Feeling how easy it is to have your freedom taken away from you using state resources.
    To be hunted down with dogs like a rabbit.
    To feel powerlessness and true terror.

    That’s how every other Zimbabwean, who was his victim, suffered under him.

    Let him live by the way he also administered power to others.

    May he continue to be persecuted as he did others.

    May he suffer more because of his fall from Grace…all puns intended.

    May he experience the same and full weight of injustice that he imposed upon others.

    I am happy he is suffering.

    It delights me and many others who lost people directly attributable to Mnangagwa!

  14. mgobhozi wezintabeni November 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    What about the $1,500,000 marriage ring?

  15. mbwa dzevanhu November 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    I don’t care about the cases of stealing, money laundering, etc, it’s just the mugabe and zanu pf way of operating. Everyone in Zanu PF steals, and Mugabe turns a blind eye as long as you blindly loyal to him. What is disconcerting to me is that progressive Zimbabweans were made to believe there was a crocodile in Zanu with potential to face Mugabe and hopefully change things for the better from within this Zanu pf monster, but alas it’s all a damp squib. Mnangagwa the Croc here, ran away from the fight, Chiwenga supposedly a strong military supporter is apparently in hiding, all these other Lacoste backers have become of not consequence, there is not even an apparent plane to fight back – or am I too rush?

  16. Sir Teep November 12, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    That’s hogwash , the private media is going out of the road in full speed. Now you are more public media than the sundaymail

  17. SHIBOBO November 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    While some may view Mnangawa’s ouster as GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH, the manner in which it was done, and the consequences that may arise, that is, the creation of a Mugabe dynasty through the elevation of his wife to VP should be quite scary to all right thinking people in this country. The only way to stop this from happening is to institute an impeachment motion in parliament NOW before right thinking people are expelled. There is enough disgruntled members of parliament in Zanu PF who would support this move in a secret ballot. It is now time for any of those men and women to stand a up and be counted by not letting this country go to the drain. We are watching!!!!

  18. chris November 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    Don’t scare people with monitoring. you don’t have equipment. Zim Gvt broke. Grace and co. looting. Investigate them first. Hypocrytes.

  19. Chatikobo November 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Surprising how people expected Mnangarwa to free this country from the shackles of misrule, oppression, corruption, violence, election rigging, the list is endless, when he was and still is a captive of the same. If the so called statement by him is anything to go by, he still considers beautiful, a party that has reduced almost the entire country to rubbles. He still sounds exclusive, just as Jono once said ” they say chinhu chedu” He was just a power hungry, unrepentent blowhard bent on pepertuating ZANU PF evils. Why do these people only try to be good when they are booted out? Lets register and vote against this evil creature.

  20. Singa Pore November 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

    Lizard is gone for ever

  21. Mnangagwa November 13, 2017 at 3:14 am #

    But why

  22. DonGumpo November 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    Garwe eats pebbles to sink under water. It swallowed too much and failed to come up hence it is now the last kicks of a dying horse. He over deed his stunts, murders, thuggery, taking over mines businesses or farms, raping mayors wives, etc. Come on. Do you think all this was done in complete darkness? He deserved what came his way. Who is he to say he will come back to lead an uprise? When others were fired he was at the forefront pushing them out. Now its him grapes are sour!! We need more Madam Stopits, it will scare the lacostes away and maybe some degree of sanity, one step at a time, will prevail until all is well. He is far from being a leader, he is a typical tyrant. GOOD RIDANCE

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