THE deadly Zanu PF succession battles, that have already claimed the scalps of several top guns, have sucked in controversial Oman businessman, Kamal Khalfan with sources saying he had a role to play in the plot to remove President Robert Mugabe.
On Tuesday Mugabe dismissed his former deputy Joice Mujuru from government in a cabinet reshuffle that claimed eight key ministers.
While many critics of the Zanu PF leader have dismissed the removal of Mujuru and some party leading lights such as Didymus Mutasa, Nicholas Goche and Francis Nhema as vindictiveness and manipulations by First Lady Grace, a few in his inner circle insists that—a plot to remove Mugabe through a coup—indeed existed.
A top level source told the Zimbabwe Mail that one of Mujuru’s allies, Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi has close links with Khalfan.
While efforts to speak to Sekeramayi, who somewhat survived the purges, were fruitless, the source said Khalfan, who enjoys diplomatic status and owns struggling Catercraft, was aware of the “sinister and violent plot”.
“KK (Khalfan) is the best friend of Sekeramayi and also a sponsor of Mai Mujuru. He is her link to the Americans and the British. Remember he has a British passport and used to link investors with the Mugabe regime. KK was also very close to General Mujuru from as early as 1980,” said the source.
Although Khalfan denies connections with the Western world, the Oman businessman has used his links or influence with the army to protect his vast interests.
Khalfan boasts of connections with Zimbabwe’s political elite and used that to extort money from potential investors in Zimbabwe.
Khalfan, who came to Harare in 1980 divorced his British wife, Julie, with whom he had four children, after he accused her of not telling him she had been raped by her father when she was young.
After this, he reportedly started dating young women from Eastern Europe and sources at the Harare International Airport say there is evidence of trafficking of women from the Eastern parts of Europe who are used to satisfy the sexual appetites of the political elite.
Khalfan is alleged to have brought an underage girl into Zimbabwe and reportedly booked her at a lodge at 57 Folyjon where he had sex with her and kept her locked for four days
In his home country, Khalfan is notorious for corruption and hooliganism and in a bid to cleanse his battered image; he sought the Office of Honorary Consul of Oman which he acquired capitalizing on his daughter’s connections to the elite.
Although this title does not entail anyone to diplomatic powers, Khalfan was issued with a diplomatic passport by Zanu (PF) due to his political connections.
However, the Omani embassy in South Africa has since stated that Khalfan does not hold any diplomatic status.