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Ministers leaking confidential Cabinet minutes

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  • “Right now the British Parliament discusses our Cabinet minutes in their Parliament. We know that they work with the British.”

ZANU-PF has accused its ministers of leaking confidential Cabinet minutes to “hostile” countries such as the United Kingdom amid allegations of a rift between President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s appointees and the ruling party’s heavyweights.

Patrick Chinamasa, the acting Zanu PF spokesperson, yesterday told journalists in Harare, that Mnangagwa’s Cabinet had moles that served foreign interests.

Chinamasa said the leaked minutes had in the past become part of discussions in the British Parliament.

“It is very clear that some people are receiving advice from their colonial masters. They oppose everything,” Chinamasa said.

“They disregard the Official Secrets Act and now publish cabinet minutes to their colonial masters.

“If you want to investigate this issue, journalists you can get it.

“Right now the British Parliament discusses our Cabinet minutes in their Parliament. We know that they work with the British.”

The former Justice minister refused to name the ministers that allegedly leak minutes after he was pressed by journalists.

British parliamentarians from time to time raise issues about human rights violations in Zimbabwe and the political crisis.

Zimbabwe’s former coloniser has of late taken a tough stance against Mnangagwa’s administration after initially warming up to the 77-year-old ruler when he seized power from former president Robert Mugabe in a military coup.

Chinamasa’s claims followed repeated allegations that former ministers that were deployed to Zanu PF headquarters after Mnangagwa left them out of his Cabinet in 2018 are involved in a tug-of-war with new ministers over supremacy.

The Zanu PF heavyweights want to dictate government policy, arguing that the party is supreme.

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