Mugabe's wife Grace 'overhauls' security as 'fears of spying increase'

2017-02-11 16:00
Grace Mugabe. File: AFP

Grace Mugabe. File: AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare – Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly overhauled her entire security team, as factional wars within the ruling Zanu-PF party "intensified" and "fears of spying for rival factions increased".

The sweeping changes occurred in December, with most of the affected personal aides said to have served her for more than 20 years, according to Zimbabwe Independent.

Her long-serving and most experienced aides Albert Mujuru and Max Mapfumo were among those who fell by the wayside, the report said.

Mapfumo was reportedly "axed for failing to intervene when Robert Mugabe Jr was involved in a scuffle in a night club in Dubai last year".

The changes affected close to 10 of her security personnel.

An unidentified source in the security cluster said that Grace together with her cohorts in the Generation 40 (G40) faction were under the impression that the security aides were spying for Mnangagwa.

Grace's security team was now believed to be led by a senior security aide known as Mubvakure, who was among the aides rejected by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2015, said the report.

The G40 is one of the ruling party factions that supposedly supports Grace.

The group is reportedly made up of young prominent Zanu-PF leaders, among them, Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo and President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao.

Zhuwawo, however, last year distanced himself from the factional group.

The group is bent on keeping Mnangagwa out of the race to succeed the visibly ageing Mugabe.



Read more on:    patrick zhuwawo  |  grace mugabe  |  jonathan moyo  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.