By Alex Bell
9 April 2013
Suspected infighting in ZANU PF has continued to intensify, with the arrest of a key ally of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s.
Mike Madiro, ZANU PF’s recently suspended Manicaland chairman, appeared in court on Monday charged with stealing cattle donated to President Robert Mugabe. Madiro his colleague Dorothy Mabika are accused of ‘stealing’ 10 cows donated by a Chipinge farmer for Mugabe’s birthday celebrations last year.
They were released on $150 bail ahead of their trial, which is set to begin on April 22nd.
Madiro was suspended by the party in February together with four other senior ZANU PF members, following allegations of fraud, corruption, theft, embezzlement and dishonesty. The five are alleged to have misappropriated $700,000 collected from diamond mining companies at Chiadzwa, on the pretext it was meant for party activities.
But the targeting of Mdiro is being viewed by some as a plot engineered to weaken Defence Minister Mnangagwa’s presidential ambitions.
Madiro is a lifelong ally of Mnangagwa who worked under the ZANU PF strongman for 15 years as Director of Finance, at the party headquarters in Harare.