Zimbabwe’s provincial affairs minister arrested while trying to flee to South Africa

Zimbabwe’s provincial affairs minister arrested while trying to flee to South Africa

- Paul Chimedza was arrested on Thursday night at an army roadblock

- He was appointed less than a month ago in Mugabe’s last cabinet reshuffle

- Arrested officials now includes ministers of finance, education, provincial affairs and Zanu-PF youth league leader

Zimbabwe’s fairly new Minister of Provincial Affairs Paul Chimedza was arrested on Thursday night. The minister was apparently trying to flee to neighbouring South Africa when he was stopped by an army roadblock in Matabeleland.

Zimbabwe’s provincial affairs minister arrested while trying to flee to South Africa

Paul Chimedza. Photo: theZimbabwean.com

Chimedza was appointed to his portfolio less than a month ago when President Robert Mugabe reshuffled his cabinet.

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His arrest comes after the army seized control of the government on Wednesday. Army officials announced that they were would be arresting criminal elements around President Mugabe.

Briefly.co.za learned from Eyewitness News that Chimedza is the latest high-ranking government official to be arrested. The list includes the Minister of Higher Education Jonathan Moyo, Minister of Finance Ignatius Chombo and Zanu-PF youth league leader Kudzanai Chipanga.

It appears as if the military is rounding up allies of first lady Grace Mugabe. Her whereabouts remain unclear at this time some sources indicate she is in Harare while other sources claim she fled to Namibia.

Sources in Zimbabwe claim that the military had established various checkpoints at key locations around the country and was conducting regular searches.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF is reportedly getting ready to force Mugabe out of office. Senior party officials have confirmed that they would ask Mugabe to step aside on Sunday and had a plan to impeach him by Tuesday if needed.

READ ALSO: Mugabe out of options as Zanu-PF looks set to fire him

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Source: Politics.briefly.co.za

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