Former Vice President Kembo Mohadi is reportedly still enjoying VVIP privileges, including a motorcade and beefed-up residential security at his upmarket Glen Lorne home in Harare at taxpayers’ expense.
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The NewsHawks reports that Mohadi is enjoying the services of a motorcade, complete with a police car and two motorcycle outriders.
Sources said he still has security from the Central Intelligence Organisation, Presidential Guard and Police Protection Unit. A source said:
Mohadi may no longer be vice-president, but he remains a VIP. Because of that, he continues to enjoy such privileges as there are risks associated with his previous office and his current position in the ruling party.
Such arrangements have been done before. If you may recall, although at lower level, during the late former president Robert Mugabe’s final days, former youth leader Kudzanai Chipanga, who at the time was strongly opposing President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s bid for power, at one time had PPU (Police Protection Unit) officers deployed at his home. In fact, on the day of the coup when he was seized from his home, a police officer was grilled why he was deployed to guard someone who shouldn’t enjoy VVIP privileges.
The treatment Mohadi is getting is however different from that shown to other past vice-presidents, Joice Mujuru and Phelekezela Mphoko, who left government after Mugabe’s fall.
They were left with thin security arrangements but Mohadi retains vast privileges as he remains Zanu PF co-deputy leader.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has not yet replaced Mohadi as state vice-president amid reports that the president is waiting for the Zanu PF congress next year to replace him.
Monica Mutsvangwa, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, and Valerio Sibanda are some of the names suggested as Mohadi’s replacements.