Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s security was reportedly breached “during a recent Zanu-PF youth interface rally in Gweru after a losing candidate tried to grab his hand while he was on stage”.
According to the privately-owned Standard newspaper, sources close to the development said that the security breach had landed three members of Mnangagwa’s close security unit into trouble.
Government officials said that a daring losing Zanu-PF candidate from Masvingo, identified as Moses Mavusa, attempted to get a picture with the president “after sneaking through barricades to reach the main stage at an open space in Gweru”.
This was not the first time that Mnangagwa’s security was breached.
In December, a self-styled prophet, Gathry Chiredzero, reportedly used a fake identity card to impersonate a state agent, and then controlled the crowd during the cabinet swearing in ceremony at the state house.
Chiredzero again used the same modus-operandi during the renaming ceremony of the King George V barracks to Josiah Magamba Tongogara on December 6.
He was charged with “possession of offensive weapons at public gathering, impersonating a public official and forgery” when he fappeared before Harare magistrate.