Th deadly fights within President Mugabe’s warring ZANU-PF took an ominous turn yesterday after Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha received an AK47 bullet and a threatening message telling to step down or risk suffering the same fate as the late Zanu-PF political commissar, Elliot Manyika, who died in a suspicious car accident in 2008.
Although efforts to get in couch with Dinha were in vain, well placed sources in ZANU-PF told the Daily News that the ‘the parcel’ with the bullet and the message was r were delivered to the minister’s office just after midnight-yesterday morning-amid ‘clear indications’ this was the work of hardliners within Zanu-PF angling to succeed President Robert Mugabe.
The lawyer turned politician is said to be ‘very shaken and in hiding’.
Although initially linked to Joice Mujuru, Dinha is now said to be close to the First Family a development which is said to have displeased some within Zanu-PF.
Reports are that Dinha’s secretary arrived in the morning and was handed the envelope by security guards. The AK-47 bullet was reportedly accompanied with the menacing message, “Game over Dinha, resign now, or else we take you out. Your time is up, you messed with the wrong guys.”
A source said Dinha was terrified and taking the threats seriously because Elliot Manyika was given a death threat before he was ‘eliminated’.
Bindura Police professed ignorance on the matter, with the force’s Mash Central Head, Munorwei Shava Matutu saying he had not been informed about the matter. “I am hearing this for the first time, maybe you can phone the minister’s office,” he said.
Home Affairs Minister, Ignatious Chombo was not available to comment, although there were claims that his predecessor, Kembo Mohadi who is now State Secutity Minister is handling the case.
Another source said what appeared to be at the centre of ‘this anarchy’ was Dinha’s alleged proximity to the First Family, a a situation which has ‘peeved the G40′.