Embattled self-exiled former police boss Augustine Chihuri has sensationally claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa harbours a grudge against him dating back to the war of liberation when they clashed over a woman.
Chihuri claimed that he got married in Chimoio in Mozambique before the then political commissar, Mayor Urimbo (late), around 1976 and the following year, his wife was transferred to another area where Mnangagwa forced himself on her.
The ex-police commissioner-general made the claims in an affidavit filed at the High Court on Friday in his bid to have the court to set aside the unexplained wealth order it issued against him on June 20. Chihuri wrote:
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The current president of Zimbabwe, Mr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, was aware of this union and pregnancy.
Using his position, my then wife was transferred to Shai Shai in Mozambique where Mr Mnangagwa had a forced affair with her as she alleged.
I tried to terminate the marriage, but the political commissar threatened me not to dare to do it, citing that Mr Mnangagwa [as he then was] is a dangerous man and would behead me as he was not hesitant to kill.
… From then my relationship with the president of Zimbabwe worsened. He went on to suggest that my then wife terminate the pregnancy.
God was on my side, it was tried and it failed.
The late Cde Serbia, who was working under Mr Mnangagwa in the security department, told me about the termination of the pregnancy and that Mr Mnangagwa vowed that as long as he lived, I shall pay for not giving up on my then wife to him.
He further claimed that following the November 2017 military coup, Mnangagwa intensified his onslaught after he refused to betray the then president Robert Mugabe by joining the coup conspirators.
Chihuri is accused of stealing US$32 million in public funds that he used to build his sprawling business empire and properties.