Prominent journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, who was recently released on bail after six weeks in prison, has alleged that his arrest and those of other high profile activists were orchestrated by President Emmerson’s nephew, who leads the Special Anti Corruption Unit (SACU) in the President’s Office.
Chin’ono alleged that Tabani Vusa Mpofu (not to be confused with prominent lawyer, Advocate Thabani Mpofu), is related to President Mnangagwa and is the hand behind the high profile arrest cases the country saw over the last few weeks.
Hopewell Tweeted: “Mnangagwa’s nephew, Tabani Vusa Mpofu, is the head of that crooked and unconstitutional unit! He was behind my arrest and that of many others including @adv_fulcrum (Adv Thabani Mpofu) & removal of (lawyer) Beatrice (Mtetwa) abusing that illegal unit! It is used to target Mnangagwa’s critics & political rivals!”
This was after MDC Alliance Spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere revealed that they were being prosecuted by people from SACU in a tweet that reads: “Our criminal matter is yet to start. We are now being prosecuted in the Anti-Corruption Court by the President’s Special Unit because one of the protesters had a poster written “No to Corruption.” We have changed courts 4 times this morning.”
Advocate Thabani Mpofu, who is said to be the victim of the same organisation, commented on the matter and said: “You are quite right. He also conveniently forgets to spell his name properly in order to give the false impression that he is Advocate Thabani Mpofu. His sins are many. The day of reckoning is nigh.”
International Crisis Group Consultant Piers Pigou also commented and said every Zimbabwean must know Tabani Mpofu and his alleged job in President Mnangagwa’s administration: “Every Zimbabwean should know who this man is & the role he’s allegedly playing at the behest of the Mnangagwa administration. This is Thabani Mpofu (NOT the Adv of the same name). He supposedly runs a special anti corruption unit but seems to be busy targeting regime critics.
“This man, Tabani Mpofu, used to run the MDC’s research [department]. Was he a corrupt Zanu-PF plant who served his masters well & was amply rewarded for this. Perhaps the Meikles Group would like to explain their relationship with Zanu-PF and the role played by its company secretary?”