Mnangagwa's office broken into 6th time, no arrests for previous cases

Staff Reporter & BBC

Emmerson Mnangagwa

INTRUDERS have broken into the office of Zimbabwe’s vice president - considered President Robert Mugabe's heir apparent - through the ceiling.

Debris from Emmerson Mnangagwa's office ceiling was shown on state TV along with tears to his leather sofa. There was no sign of damage to the door.

Mnangagwa’s offices are located at the Government complex in central Harare.

The police are investigating, State Security Minister Kembo Mohadi said.

This is the sixth time Mnangagwa’s government and Zanu PF offices have been targeted by burglars.

In 2014, his party office was also broken into by still unidentified individuals who deposited cyanide on his desk, poisoning his secretary who had to be hospitalised.

Information minister Chris Mushohwe said Wednesday that government was concerned about the continued breaches.

“This is the sixth time that this kind of break-in has happened at the offices of the Acting President,” said the minister.

“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.”

Factions in Zanu PF party disagree over who should succeed the president. who turns 92 in February.

Mnangagwa is currently acting president in the absence of Mugabe who is on holiday with his family in east Asia.

Celebrations for Mugabe's 92nd birthday are to be held in the Masvingo province for the first time, local media reported.

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