Zim leader Mnangagwa bans cellphones in Zanu-PF meetings - report

2018-10-30 11:45
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa (File,AFP)

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa (File,AFP)

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

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly banned Zanu-PF politburo members from bringing cellphones to party meetings.

According to Daily News, party executives were last week told to leave their electrical gadgets - including mobile phones - at the entrance of the Zanu-PF headquarters.

They were also searched on their way in.

Analysts said the move was a clear sign of "deep mistrust within the ruling party", adding that this risked the party sliding into the old order when Mnangagwa's predecessor Robert Mugabe also banned the use of cellphones at party meetings.

NewsDay reported in June last year that Zanu-PF introduced a security scanner at the entrance into the boardroom, where everyone, excluding Mugabe, left their phones at the door.

Insiders said at the time that Mugabe had been unhappy that politburo deliberations were being leaked to the media verbatim, raising fears meetings were being recorded using cellphones.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.