Coup Plot Deepens
Earlier this year Zimbabwe officials stopped a plane full of mercenaries apparently on it's way to Equatorial Guinea for what appeared to be a coup attempt. The plane involved was traced back to South Africa. There were denials all around. Well today Margaret Thatcher's son, Mark Thatcher was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the coup attempt. That, to me, leads the trail to Great Britain. If it does lead to GB, then it's position against Zimbabwe's current leadership becomes even more untenable and hypopcritical.
Police are investigating Thatcher on charges of violating South Africa's tough anti-mercenary law in connection with what officials have called a plot to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil producer.
Eighty four foreigners, mostly South Africans, have been put on trial simultaneously in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea in one of Africa's most spectacular mercenary cases for decades.
"We have alleged that he (Thatcher) is a financier in that particular coup attempt ... we are looking for documents that are going to assist us in our investigation. We take this very seriously," Ngwema said as his colleagues searched the house.
"He should not use our country as a springboard to export violence and disorder," he added.
Local media said he is a friend of Simon Mann, the former British special forces member regarded as the leader of the Zimbabwe group of suspected mercenaries, who were arrested in March when their plane landed in Harare on what officials said was a trip to join co-conspirators in Equatorial Guinea.
At their trial in Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday, a South African suspect told the court the plotters hoped to install an exiled opposition politician at the helm of the oil-rich state.
South African Nick du Toit said he had met with Mann, who is among those now held in Zimbabwe, to discuss buying weapons, recruiting personnel and logistics for the alleged coup plot.