Graphic details surrounding the arrest of cabinet minister Prisca Mupfumira can easily resemble a script taken off a Hollywood movie, Zim Morning Post can exclusively reveal.
Two double cab pick up trucks, heavily armed crack team, resistance from bodyguards were all scenes involved in this high profile arrest worthy of a Hollywood movie at her house in the plush neighbourhood of Mt Pleasant.
Zim Morning Post can authoritatively report that a crack team comprising of members from the Military Intelligence Department(MID), Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)’s Law and Order department, Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as well as members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) besieged Mupfumira’s residence in a movie-style arrest .
This publication understands that long emergency meeting was convened at the Harare Central Police Station on Thursday morning to assess the roadmap of the arrest and to avoid any miscalculations given the precedence of how top government officials tactfully evade arrest.
Our highly placed source said the arrest was well orchestrated and it ‘struck’ Mupfumira and her security team unexpectedly.
“The crack team comprised of different security departments to avoid repeating same mistakes after it was discovered that some ministers in the past had paid large sums of money to arrest officers or make dockets disappear.
“They ambushed her in the morning,” explained our source.
The crack team is said to clashed with Mupfumira’s security who refused to give them access.
“Mupfumira’s security initially resisted and gave in after making calls to the Police Headquarters .
“After she was arrested, the bodyguards trailed the convoy until they arrived at ZACC offices,” said our source.
Mupfumira was also denied access to her lawyer while at home but was granted such upon her arrival at ZACC offices, revealed our source.
An insider revealed that it took long to arrest Mupfumira because the State wanted a fool proof case to avoid her aqcuital on technicalities.
“The president (Mnangagwa) tasked his the Special Anti- Corruption Unit in his office to peruse the charges diligently and ensure that investigations were concluded with great finnese before an arrest could be made,” he said
“Mnangagwa wanted her charges on solid ground in case his minister’s name would be soiled for no reason and so when he was satisfied he allowed ZACC to act,” he added.
Mupfumira is facing seven counts of criminal abuse of office all of which were committed when she was the minister of Public Service, Labour and Social welfare, prejudicing the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) of money amounting to US$95 million.