Responding to questions during a Sunday Press conferenc, Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu addressed Grace Mugabe’s complaints over reduced security personnel at her properties saying that it is the responsibility of the former First Family to hire security personnel to guard its private assets and companies. He added that his ministry “will only step in after assessing the situation”.
I want to assure the nation that the security services are currently verifying and rationalising the security around the assets and the projects belonging to the former First Family and we want to assure the public that the concerns that have been raised by the former First Family will be speedily attended to with a view to providing enough security in areas that deserve to be secured.
Asked to clarify which areas deserve to be secured, Mpofu said:
There are areas of a private nature; these are areas to do with private assets, private companies and I think it is really the responsibility of those owners of private entities to provide security. But there are some areas that will require security, which our security will advise on and we will provide security to those areas, but you know, we don’t really know which areas are being referred to as I speak. But as we are advised for the need on areas that the former First Family will require security from government, we will do so as gazetted by the State, we will do so. If it is a question of insufficient security, which is also an area we will be dealing with.