Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was blocked from leaving the country after he was stopped from leaving Zimbabwe for the Mozambican port city of Beira by police manning the Forbes Border Post in Mutare.
Barely 24 hours after being fired from government, Mnangagwa who was in the company of four other people believed to be his relatives, had a torrid time trying to exit the border despite that their passports had already been stamped.
Suspected Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operatives and plain-clothed police officers also held and detained one of his sons, David, for several hours. An immigration official who spoke to NewsDay said officials refused to open for him to pass. Said the immigration official:
Mnangagwa took the option to leave the country via Forbes Border Post after efforts to secure a private jet hit a snug. Sources told us that Mnangagwa’s allies spent the better part of Monday looking for a private jet.
They advised him to travel to Buffalo Range in Triangle where arrangements had been made for him to be picked up by a jet supplied by a South African business associate but the jet never showed up.