The past Zanu PF Government under the tutelage of late long-ruling president Robert Mugabe was pressing for a probe into allegations that incumbent strongman Emmerson Mnangagwa and three other serving ministers were being implicated in the infamous machete wars ravaging the Midlands mining town of Kwekwe, an ex-cabinet minister has claimed.
Former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Jonathan Moyo revealed that in 2017, his Home Affairs counterpart Ignatius Chombo was tasked by Cabinet to get the police to investigate the then VP Mnangagwa and serving Ministers Owen Ncube (State Security) and July Moyo (Local Government).
Chombo’s assignment, Moyo said, was birthed after former Vice President Pelekezela Mphoko had presented gruesome pictures of the victims of the machete wars in Kwekwe.
“In 2017, VP Mphoko showed Cabinet gruesome images of victims of machete gold-gangs in Kwekwe”, Moyo said in comments posted on his Twitter handle.
“Cabinet (then) tasked Chombo to get the police to investigate. (President) Mnangagwa, July Moyo and Owen Mudha Ncube were implicated”, Moyo said.
Moyo’s sentiments come in the wake of claims by exiled former Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Minister Savior Kasukuwere, that the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is holding documents implicating serving ministers in the machete wars in Kwekwe.
“Dockets of current ministers serving, implicated in the murders in Kwekwe are with the police. It is a public secret that two current serving Ministers were implicated in the Kwekwe machete wars”, Kasukuwere said.
When contacted for comment, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said:
“I am currently in a meeting with the Minister (of Home Affairs Kazembe Kazembe) and I cannot respond to your questions. Maybe you can get in touch with me latter in the day”