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Vol 45 No 8

Published 16th April 2004


Zimbabwe

Gunning for Mnangagwa

A corruption probe into ZANU-PF's finances aims to block the Parliamentary Speaker's bid to succeed President Mugabe

A high-level investigation initiated by former army commander General Solomon Mujuru into claims of massive corruption in the commercial operations of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Popular Front (ZANU-PF) is targeting Parliamentary Speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa. Although the allegations to be investigated centre on graft, mismanagement and security breaches, the intent behind the probe is overtly political ­ to stop Mnangagwa positioning himself to succeed President Robert Mugabe. As the party's Secretary for Administration, Mnangagwa is held responsible for the disarray in ZANU-PF's finances and has been recently named in another investigation into illegal gold trading. Gen. Mujuru proposed the investigation at last month's central committee meeting after a ZANU-PF linked company, Treger Holdings, had been cited in cases of foreign exchange offences, and another ZANU-PF notable, the volatile Philip Chiyangwa had been charged with fraud in another case (AC Vol 45 No 6). Mujuru caught Mnangagwa's clique off guard when he argued that the anti-graft campaign would lack credibility unless it looked at the ruling party's own finances.

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