Kasukuwere cannot run a ministry

HARARE - Savior Kasukuwere made international news headlines during the inclusive government when he campaigned vigorously for the Indigenisation of foreign-owned firms in the country.

One does not need to be a rocket scientist to conclude that the otherwise noble indigenisation programme was left in a mess by the man they call Tyson.

The nation was surprised when he was appointed minister.

In the first place, many people doubt Kasukuwere’s credentials to be appointed a minister.

His forays in business have been disastrous and one wonders which Curriculum Vitae President Robert Mugabe used to make him a minister.

Kasukuwere took over the once vibrant, United Touring Company (UTC) and now it is a shell. Nobody knows how it was destroyed in a few years. The lanky minister then bought into Genesis Bank and it collapsed under his watch.

Kasukuwere went into the fuel industry through Comoil but now the company seems to be sinking into oblivion.

Reports also indicate that the robust minister also involved himself in Interfresh as part of the investors when it was profitable but when he left, the company was in the red.

Last week, Kasukuwere was blasted by diamond mining companies over the Zimunya/Marange Community Share Ownership Trust scheme where executives representing the companies all but accused the minister of lying to Mugabe over the $10 million each they were supposed to give the community.

Since his appointment to a “lesser” portfolio as Environment, Water and Climate minister in September 2013, Kasukuwere has cut a lone figure in cabinet.

The previously combatant minister has in the past seven months failed to articulate his vision to address perennial water woes, which have seen some residents going for several weeks without water. Industry is currently on its knees due to severe water shortages.

Kasukuwere was only visible during the Hwange National Park cyanide killing of elephants late last year, and has since then been conspicuously very quiet.

The minister clearly lacks the mental stamina to ensure that citizens have access to clean water and industries are depending on wells.

Currently, every major city and small town in Zimbabwe is plagued by water crisis and it is not very far-fetched to predict another cholera or dysentery outbreak soon due to lack of clean water in homes.

Yet Kasukuwere continues to grope in the dark, without any solution to the crisis that is threatening not only to reverse gains made during the inclusive government era but also to destroy the moral fabric of the nation.

Everywhere in the world, it has been identified that efficient and proper management of water resources and sources are key ingredients to countries’ economic growth.

Zimbabwe’s key growth drivers such as agriculture depend on water, hence the need to manage the resources and sources efficiently.

The country’s economy and populations are heavily dependent on water resources not only for drinking but also for agriculture, livestock and fishing.

As such, the availability and access to water strongly influences the patterns of economic growth and social development.

We strongly believe that relatively low development status of water resources places considerable challenges in meeting the social and economic needs of populations.

Instead of sleeping on the job, Kasukuwere must ensure that different institutions and sectors come together to determine the optimum manner of management and use of water and natural resources.

There is thus need to raise technical capacity especially to rural communities for rainwater harvesting and storage, and use of forecasting information.

Another significant element in this effort is the need to improve water research by ensuring access to quality data and dissemination including establishment of regional centres of excellence.

As a water-scarce country, the manner in which the resource is used should top the priority in Kasukuwere’s ministry.

First, knowledge and experiences ought to be applied to continuously improve the status of water management today and prepare us for tomorrow’s challenges.

By sharing the same knowledge, the capacity of other Zimbabweans would be improved to manage the resource efficiently.

During the 2009 and 2014 period, there was a lot of rehabilitation of water towers, re-afforestation and improved management of water resources and services aimed at

offering hope for a better and sustainable future not only in management of water, but all natural resources.

But since Kasukuwere took over, nothing much has been happening in that department.

Lack of water remains a major threat to public health and water resources’ quality.

If Kasukuwere was serious about addressing the water crisis, by now he should have identified tapping into private sector funding as key to hastening the pace of physical coverage and quality service.

We expect the government, through Kasukuwere to develop a raft of policy and legislative tools to boost sustainable utilisation of water resources at the grassroots level.

Currently, Zimbabwe’s timber reserves are facing extinction within the next five years given the rate at which they are being decimated by veld fires and the minister has failed to propose or craft polices that would impose stiffer penalties in curbing the vice.

Does the minister also have a clue what climate change is? Does he have any idea or plans to reduce the effects of climate change in the country? Your guess is as good as ours!

In our opinion, after failing to run his own businesses, Kasukuwere should not have been appointed minister in the first place.

Comments (24)

We will just reshuffle him again to a lesser ministry maybe psychomotor ikoko

protestor - 18 March 2014

Kasukuwere could be dwaft as we all can see, but the question should be `What does the President see in this confused man that we all cant see in him".

musaigwa - 18 March 2014

Shame Kasukuwere, am not surprised they call him Tyson, all he knows is being violent but he is not a strategist. so may be he is being retained in gvt for that, but this does not serve us any good. in any case how many of RGM's ministers rightly deserve their portfolios?

ndukwana - 18 March 2014

writing rubbish,who are you to write on what Kasukuwere is capable of or not capable of.let the one whom he reports to be the judge.protestor wati chii-reshuffle him again to a lesser ministry.Akuudza kuti yaari iri lesser than yaanga ari ndiyani?

comrade kk - 18 March 2014

He is in a lesser ministry because he does not have the opportunity to steal as much as he could steal before. That is the "punishment" that he got from the boss.

Johno - 18 March 2014

Well it also reflects so much on the person that appointed him was supposed to see that this guy is a fluke...sekuru vakura cant evn see kuti Xavier is a liability

Apostle - 18 March 2014

Can the reporter tell us of one minister who isrunning a successfull business.I wonder what miracle do you want Kasukuwere to perform within such a short period. Where does he get the money?Can you tell us what Sipepa achieved during his tenure ? Maybe Zambezi water project ?????What did Francis Nhema achieve? Maybe modelling? This is just propaganda against Kasukuwere and has no subsitence .Please reporters stop taking bribes and be abused to settle personal issues. If the government is failing it is failing as a unit.

Wezhira - 18 March 2014

@comrade kk - not too sure why you object to debate which is, after all, the primary task of journalism. It certainly seems that you have no ideas to offer on a subject highly relevant to the citizens of Zim who, I hope, are still allowed to have opinions.

Ulysses - 18 March 2014

garirai kure munodamburwa shaya nacomrade kk vane hasha ndawaona

taipei - 18 March 2014

That is the problem of appointments through patronage. Kasukuwere also took over Johnson Motors in Kwekwe along Kaguvi street which was a big transporter in the Midlands region and now it is just a shell. As a minister of such a portfolio, he should be running a viable business and thereby leading by axample.

Dr Know - 18 March 2014

Daily news please you seem to be getting some advertising revenue so please invest in your people. Your staff writter & it will seem your editor too dont seem to know what lanky means. Kasukuwere is more corpulent Hippo than giraffe. It is however true that like many if not all his collegues and not excluding his boss are well out of their depth & keep peddling half truths, outright lies and excuses.

Lt General - 18 March 2014

The truth is revealed , i agree with you comrades this guy called kasukuwere has no idea. He is good at nothing. NDIYE OSHORESA BATO REVANHU

deeds - 18 March 2014

Most of these so called ZANU PF MPs came straight from the bush and without any training , were given posts to run the country. As for Kasukuwere he was given a seat of power and was told , "Here is your seat of power, and you can run this ministry of Environment, Water and Climate." Kasukuwere may have replied, "What does Environment mean and what do I do in this ministry?" Then he may have been told , "We have no idea ourselves what to do in any ministry, we have never run anything successfully in the past, we all came from te bush after the war and we were given seats in parliament and we did not have any experience or any training in how to run all these ministries, but we are now all experts in looting State funds. That is what we are now all good at, we are experts in corruption now." So guys as we can all see , these ministers are clueless on what to do or how to to run their ministries because they are not trained on how to run the ministries. That is why our country is in a poor state at the moment.

Plenketrde - 18 March 2014

Savior is an ex CIO and was one of the youngest CIO and was based in Mutare in the early 90s. He is just doing survellance work as once a CIO always one thats what prezzo sees in him masses cannot see

Mildred - 18 March 2014

Mildred tell us more about Mutare and Kasukuwere, what happened there.

Maita Manyuka - 19 March 2014

it hurts when people relate to the Ministry of environment as somewhat inferior. What is more important than the environment, what is there that is independent of the natural environment ie water is life and where else can you get it? rubbish

tsuro - 19 March 2014

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Tyson would feel insulted to have such a waster using his name! You may well ask what a mentally challenged individual like this thing Kasukuwere is doing anywhere near a ministry which should have fairly high minimum educational and basic intelligence requirements?! It is actually a sight to behold a ZanuPF cartel full of really stupid and inept creatures led by a geriatric who was given a decent education but has no clue how to use it!! What a particularly stuffed up and backward country we are in a generally backward continent!

Sabi - 20 March 2014

ini hangu i dont blv kuti kutukana ndo solution but Kasukuwere seems not to hv the skills to run a ministry full stop!

muchaka - 20 March 2014

Hurumende yevanhu zveshuwa bvisai dzimwe nhengo dzeparamende Kasukuwere inclusive kusare vashoma . Madebates ari kuitwa muparamende haana chaari kubudisa. Zvimwe hazvitauriki vedu

Furatidzai Chisingaitwi Bhobho - 21 March 2014

muri mhatamose.hamuzivi zvekuitira nharo.machende aavanhu.makudoo

kk - 22 March 2014

If you see someone raising his voice or insulting others then you should know he/she has failed to raise a point so forgive this KK boy

Nyorodo - 24 March 2014

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