Police in Kadoma have seized an assortment of heavy guns, bombs, rifles, pistols and shotguns in the backyard of Midsec, a private Security Company after a search warrant was issued on allegations that the company failed to renew firearm certificates on time.
But, we can reveal that the company has been secretly training and providing high level security bodyguard services to prominent politicians from the Mnangagwa faction, who, in fear of elimination by opponents, have replaced members of the CIO who are now all entangled in the Zanu PF party web of party factions.
Sources said most Zanu PF leaders on both factions are now relying on private security bodyguards provided by companies linked to party factions.
The guns recovered from Midsec have since been taken away by the army for further investigations.
Investigators want to ascertain whether some of these firearms were also used in committing crimes, amid reports of links to the Chegutu cash heist.
The security company’s Kadoma branch manager Davison Dube (56) is assisting police with investigations.
Officer-in-charge CID Kadoma Property section Detective Inspector John Dzafunwa, yesterday said Dube was arrested on January 7 after police received information that he was in possession of the guns.
He said it was a very serious offence for firearms to be kept without licences as they would be abused or used in the commission of crime such as armed robberies.
But, our sources said the Midsec incident is part of the grand plan by the Mujuru Zanu PF faction riding on its ascendance to power and newly found momentum and desire to disempower the embattled faction led by Mnangagwa, and they have taken every step necessary to render the faction powerless.
Mnangagwa has been outflanked and decimated by Mujuru in the battle to succeed the veteran leader, Robert Mugabe in ZANU PF at the last Fifth National People’s Congress.
A report in a weekly newspaper The Standard has pointed to the battle for control of the Marange diamonds between the two factions as the reasons why the the Chiadzwa diamonds auction was halted in unexplained circumstances.
The two camps are already embroiled in a bitter decade-long battle to succeed ageing President Robert Mugabe (85) as leader of the party and the country.
The security company, Midsec is part of the group of companies seized from exiled Zimbabwean businessman Mutumwa Mawere and it has been transformed into a key security component of the the Mnangagwa faction.
The Mujuru faction has its own private security company run by former Governor for Mashonalanda East, Ray Kaukonde.
The business empire seized from Mawere by Mnangagwa comprised of Zimre, the holding company of Nicoz Diamond, Fidelity Life Assurance, Fidelity Life Asset Management Company, Fidelity Securities, Fidelity Life Medical Aid Society and Zimbabwe Insurance Brokers.
Also amongst the loot were AAM, Steelnet, Turnall, General Beltings, Tube and Pipe Industries, First Bank, Pigott Maskew, FSI, CFI Holdings, with its subsidiaries, Agrifoods, Victoria Foods, Dore and Pitt, Farm & City, Suncrest, Crest Breeders and Ross Breeders, among others.