The minister of higher and tertiary education in Zimbabwe, Jonathan Moyo, became the latest victim of a spate of break-ins at the offices of top officials of the country’s government.
Moyo has offices at the New Government Complex in Harare.
His chair and the boardroom table were smeared “with a brownish substance”.
In a press statement late Sunday, the ministry’s acting principal director for administration and finance, John Dewah, said: “The ministry of higher and tertiary education, science and technology development wishes to advise the public that there has been a burglary at its head office in Harare.
“The burglary happened at the New Government Complex Building on the night of August 6, 2016. The burglars gained access through the ceiling on the sixth floor. They ransacked offices in the entire fifth floor where principal directors and directors (offices) are located.”
He said office equipment such as laptops were stolen, although he did not disclose the details.
The burglary was said to have been discovered by one of the directors the following day.
“The offices of the minister and permanent secretary, located on the sixth floor, were also broken into and ransacked…Nine offices were broken into, two on the sixth floor (minister and the permanent secretary’s offices) and seven on the fifth floor for two acting principal directors, four directors and legal adviser,” Dewah said, adding police were investigating the matter.
There have been several break-ins at the offices of senior government and judicial personnel, but the people behind the burglaries have not been arrested, neither have the police made public the findings of their investigations.
In January, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office at the New Government Complex was broken into, the sixth time suspected burglars have broken into his government office. Burglars had also broken into his office at the Zanu PF headquarters building.
Mnangagwa doubles as justice, legal and parliamentary affairs minister, and had his office in that capacity broken into four times.
His office at Defence House was also broken into once when he was defence minister.
At the Zanu PF offices, the burglars laced a desk in his office with cyanide, poisoning his secretary who had to be hospitalised for weeks.
Other top officials who have also fallen prey to the ongoing break-ins include transport and infrastructural development minister Obert Mpofu, whose office was broken into last year in January.
In August of the same year, the burglars broke into Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku’s offices and made off with a desktop computer and a television set.
Also, a burglary at the country’s Harare’s Rotten Row Magistrates’ Courts the same month provoked intense suspicion and concern about the safety of court records and destruction of potential critical evidence.
– African News Agency