The pangolin disappeared together with two men who had captured it and were supposed to hand it over to the party so that it could be given to Mugabe as a birthday gift.
Majoni confirmed to Radio VOP that they had embarked on a serious witch-hunt to find the man who ran away with the ‘sacred animal’.
Majoni said the one Badza and Talibu Mohammed from a small mining town in Masvingo had custody of the pangolin a few days before Mugabe celebrated his birthday. He said both men’s whereabouts were still unknown to date.
“This pangolin was captured in Mashava and we thought of going with it to our dear President on his special day. However, we were embarrassed when those who were in custodian of the animal disappeared with it,” he said. “They phoned me indicating that the pangolin destroyed the cage and ran away but we are surprised that since their last call on February 25, the two (Badza and Mohammed)’s whereabouts are not known.”
“It was purely a youth initiative so we are now mobilising each other to raise another gift if we can,” added Majoni.
Majoni said they are going to engage police in order to help them with investigations in their desperate bid to fish out the culprits.
Zanu (PF) provincial chairman Lovemore Matuke could not be reached for comment.
This is not the first time that Mugabe’s birthday gifts have disappeared from Masvingo. Last year, tonnes of sugar donated by Triangle Limited Company disappeared before they were handed over to Mugabe.