Kasukuwere threatens, Zanu-PF ruffled

Kasukuwere threatens, Zanu-PF ruffled
Published: 18 March 2019 (202 Views)
THERE are real fears that both the ruling party and the country could be entering a new phase of significant political turmoil leading to the 2023 national elections, the Daily News can report.

This comes after former Cabinet minister and Zanu-PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere warned at the weekend that he may soon return to politics, to take on President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Political analysts told the newspaper yesterday that Kasukuwere's seemingly imminent return to politics would seriously threaten Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF, as he had intimate knowledge of the ruling party, its leaders and modus operandi - which in turn could spawn violence.

A senior Zanu-PF official also warned that political temperatures in the country could rise significantly following Kasukuwere's angry response to the government's seizure of his holiday home on Friday.

"I'm very concerned that following last July's post-election violence and the equally violent riots earlier this year, that we could be entering a new phase of political and social unrest - which would be tragic, as the country is just beginning to stabilise.

"My fear is that some elements could very well use Tyson's (Kasukuwere's) announcement of his return to politics to plant anarchy, realising that he still enjoys support in some party (Zanu-PF) constituencies, particularly in Mashonaland.

"As it is, and as false as the claims are, I'm greatly disturbed by talk doing the rounds that his prosecution is not just politically-motivated, but also supposedly an attack against Zezurus by Karangas.

"This spells danger to both the party (Zanu-PF) and the country if we are not careful," the worried ruling party bigwig told the Daily News.

Kasukuwere's surprise announcement regarding his pending return to politics followed a ruling by Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya earlier on Friday, which granted an application by prosecutors for the former Local Government minister to forfeit a RTGS$250 000 holiday home in Nyanga, which he had put down as surety for his bail - in the corruption charges that he is facing.

Kasukuwere is said to be receiving medical attention outside the country for a yet undisclosed ailment, which has seen him failing to attend court.

In the social media posts indicating his return to politics, the former Mt Darwin legislator made it clear that he believed that his current prosecution, and the sanctioning of the disposal of his property by the courts, was politically-motivated.

"Whilst silence is golden, there comes a time when your enemies think you are enjoying it. Abuse of authority and power has limits. God Bless ZW. #itsmycountrytoo!

"This is a very good invitation back into politics. Handei tione! (Bring it on!).

"I said it will be rough, but it's gonna be rougher, but thereafter we will have a ZW we all want. This monopoly and idiocy shall be challenged. With or without, 2023 is coming. Tatamba zvakwana! (The time to fool around is over!)," Kasukuwere said on Twitter soon after learning of the court's ruling.

What surprised many about these social media posts was that the former ruling party commissar had not only previously announced that he had retired from politics, but he had also seemingly gone on to focus on his farm and other business interests over the past year, while completely refraining from participating in and commenting on political developments in the country.

This all came after he initially fled Zimbabwe in November 2017, after the military executed a popular coup against former president Robert Mugabe - with the "new dispensation"  accusing him of being one of the alleged criminals who had surrounded the frail nonagenarian.

- dailynews


You May Like These Videos


There are no comments.

Latest stories

Prophet Makandiwa mansion raises eyebrows

by Staff Reporter | 22 July 2019 | 60 Views

Exposed Ramaphosa reacts to Public Protector's report

by Staff Reporter | 22 July 2019 | 39 Views

UCE graduation ceremony

by Dr. A. Luthuli | 22 July 2019 | 41 Views

ZERA looking to remote fuel monitoring system

by Staff reporter | 22 July 2019 | 44 Views

The corruption commission

by Clemen Moyo | 22 July 2019 | 51 Views

Government speaks on Auxilia Mnangagwa - Army fallout

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 July 2019 | 191 Views

Chinamasa's world up in flames

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 July 2019 | 174 Views

Teachers to shutdown schools on Monday

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 July 2019 | 151 Views

Zimbabwe govt licenses companies for riverbank mining

by Staff Reporter | 21 July 2019 | 97 Views

ZCTU proceeds with demo preps

by newzimbabwe | 21 July 2019 | 147 Views

Mnangagwa pledges support for women's projects

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 89 Views

Mthuli Ncube needs to work his magic on inflation

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 112 Views

'The electorate believes in Zanu-PF'

by STaff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 94 Views

Mnangagwa gets Sadc boost

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 102 Views

Power shortage hits mobile phone services

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 78 Views

City fathers or city dealers at council chambers?

by Limukani Ncube | 21 July 2019 | 86 Views

Bulawayo residents call for dissolution of council

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 80 Views

Nust bursar suspended

by Staff reportet | 21 July 2019 | 81 Views

Mid-air scare for fastjet passengers

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 79 Views

Exploring the causes of Gukurahundi

by Dr Obert Mpofu | 21 July 2019 | 106 Views

Lobels shut down Bulawayo plant again

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 95 Views

Harare demands 30-year-old debt from Zesa

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 76 Views

Kalanga lobby group to produce textbooks

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 75 Views

Govt moves to tackle gold leakages

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 66 Views

Mthuli Ncube to rescue closed mines

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 82 Views

Zimbabwe reels as 18-hr power cuts

by Staff rpeorter | 21 July 2019 | 118 Views

Kirsty Coventry denies interference

by AFP | 21 July 2019 | 59 Views

Zimbabwe removes barriers to solar energy expansion

by Thompson Reuters Foundation | 21 July 2019 | 108 Views

Zimbabwe food crisis an emergency, says UN

by VOA/ UN News | 21 July 2019 | 58 Views

Can Bosso's Prince rise again?

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 36 Views

CIO operative harasses journalists

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 35 Views

Save Bulawayo from vultures

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 69 Views

The pig in Mthuli Ncube's bacon

by Zifiso Masiye | 21 July 2019 | 90 Views

Mnangagwa ally faces probe in $3bn scandal

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 48 Views

Power outage cripples Econet services

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 56 Views

Lobengula descendants demand State House

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 47 Views

Zanu-PF vote-buying scandal raises alarm

by Staff reporter | 21 July 2019 | 66 Views