THE offices of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa have been raided by suspected criminals.
The offices are based at the New Government Complex and were burglared on Tuesday night.
The break-in was discovered yesterday morning and police investigators flocked to the building, some with sniffer dogs, to investigate what exactly transpired. Minister Mnangagwa referred all questions to his permanent secretary, Mrs Virginia Mabhiza, who confirmed the break-in.
“It is true that there was a break-in,” she said.
“There is evidence of an intrusion in the office of the minister. The door was tampered with and we quickly made a report to the police.”
Mrs Mabhiza said a clear picture of what transpired would come out at the end of police investigations.
“The police are now handling the matter and we will hear from them,” she said.
The ministry made a report at Harare Central Police Station under reference number IR091404.
Police chief spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed receiving the report, saying investigations were underway.
“I can confirm that we received a report of suspected unlawful entry into the office of the minister,” she said.
“Police attended the scene and investigations have since been launched.”
The incident comes three weeks after people broke into the chambers of Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku at the Supreme Court and stole a desktop computer and a television set.
Judicial Service Commission secretary Justice Rita Makarau on September 1 issued a press statement announcing the incident.
Police are still investigating the break-in and theft at the Supreme Court.
A few days after the break-in at the Supreme Court, four judges reportedly lost keys to their offices, a development that prompted the JSC to urgently request police security at Mashonganyika Building which houses the Supreme and the Constitutional courts.