A senior official in the ruling ZANU PF, Justice Mayor Wadyajena has said that he agrees with the Vice President of the opposition MDC, Tendai Biti who claims that machete gangs are being protected by politicians.
Wadyajena who is regarded as one of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s close allies posted on Twitter and said:
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For once, I’m in agreement with Hon Biti. Machete gangs have the blessings of politicians. It’s been widely reported that Hon @ is one such politician benefiting from MaShurugwi gang & criminal activities, including gold smuggling using his Chegutu & Namibia connections.
In response, MDC Secretary-General, Chalton Hwende said that the allegations are an excuse to arrest him. He said:
I already know that you are planning to arrest me again just like what you did in January with the Treason Charge. I am not afraid or deterred from continuing with fighting for a Democratic Zimbabwe I have never seen a gram of gold in my entire life and I am not mukorokoza.
Meanwhile, exiled former Cabinet Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo suggests that President Mnangagwa, Ministers of State in the president’s office for National Security and Local Government, in that order, Owen Mudha Ncube and July Moyo were sponsoring and protecting the machete gangs.