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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