Mnangagwa's wife apologises for burst up

 Mnangagwa's wife apologises for burst up
Published: 19 July 2019 (364 Views)
FRESH details have emerged surrounding the stunning manner in which First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa undressed a top military official on the phone. Early this week, an eight-minute audio recording of the conversation between the first lady and the top army officer, colonel Samson Murombo - commander of the 1 Presidential Guard Infantry Battalion - went viral.

According to the recording, the wife of the president appears edgy that soldiers wanted to kill her and were tracking her using cellular phones. The fuming first lady, a former Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agent, accuses Murombo of deploying one Manjoro and Mhlanga to do the spying hatchet job on her, and speaks of spying gadgets the duo had been furnished with.

The seemingly agitated first lady is heard fuming all the time, denying the soft-spoken Murombo a chance to reply. In the long tirade, Auxillia who, until now, has been known for her philanthropic works, dares the military to go for Mnangagwa, the man it installed as President of Zimbabwe in 2017 following a coup, and spare her life saying she is "just a mere woman, a grandmother."

The Daily News can exclusively reveal that the first lady flew into a rage on June 26 when she telephoned the army boss - responsible for securing the president and State House - as she was returning from Bulawayo to visit the ailing 83-year-old wife of Zimbabwe's first post-independence president Canaan Sodindo Banana, Janet, at her Southwold home.

During that trip, she also visited the late former Home Affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa's widow, Zodwa. The Daily News can also report that the telephone conversation was only recorded in the last minutes of the dress down.

In fact, the tirade lasted about 42 minutes, as the first lady fumed over alleged State surveillance. Only eight minutes of that leaked abridged audio recording of the conversation has gone viral.

According to impeccable sources, after suffering a dressing down on the telephone at the hands of the acerbic Auxillia, a shaken Murombo escalated the issue to Brigadier-General Fidelis Mhonda, who took over as head of the Presidential Guard from Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe during the May top army brass reshuffle.

Mhonda reportedly presented the abridged recording to Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) commander lieutenant-general Edzai Chimonyo, who approached the commander of the Defence Forces Philip Valerio Sibanda, who later on engaged President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

A meeting of the top security bosses reportedly discussed the issue and resolved that the matter was a storm in a tea cup. The first lady, confronted over the bust-up, reportedly apologised.

Contrary to pervasive speculation that the officers have since been relieved of their duties or transferred, the Daily News can report that the officers, who are stationed at the Presidential Battalion 1.1 which is next door to the State House, are still in their postings and free from harm or any danger.

"The case is now water under the bridge and a truce was reached between the concerned parties because everything was just a case of misunderstanding between the first lady and the officer in question," an authoritative security source told the Daily News yesterday.

The Daily News was told by top security sources yesterday that the phone in question is used to locate VVIPs and enable their protection and security.  The officials said it was not a spying device at all.

The sources told the Daily News that the phones in question are used in the communication of the presidential guard as they protect the VVIPs outside the cities.

The Presidential Guard is in charge of VVIPs security having almost taken over roles that were played by the CIO and the police VIP Protection before the November coup. The CIO and police are perceived by the new dispensation as having been loyal to former president Robert Mugabe and up to date there is spying and counter-spying between the army and the two other security arms.

"This actually took place about a month ago; the first lady was misinformed. She had been told that the military was spying on her and blew a fuse. Because of the fact that it was a small misunderstanding, the two had a truce and for now no one has been fired," said the source.

Zimbabwe Defence Forces spokesperson Overson Mugwisi said he is currently on leave and could not comment on the matter.

"I am on leave for two months; can you get in touch with Makotore," said Mugwisi.

ZNA spokesperson Alphios Makotore was not immediately available for comment.

- dailynews

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