Opportunity for Kasukuwere

HARARE - Former Indigenisation, Youth and Empowerment minister — Savior Kasukuwere — this week, as reported elsewhere in this paper, appears before the parliamentary committee of the same name to explain some of the projects undertaken during his tenure.

And his appearance comes against the background of having threatened the committee’s chairman — Justice Mayor Wadyajena.

Parliament is yet to rule on the matter which is being handled by its disciplinary arm.

Appearing before Wadyajena’s committee is a chance to clear cloudy issues.

Kasukuwere has come under fierce pressure for the way he handled some of the community share ownership trusts.

Mining firms extracting diamonds in Manicaland flatly deny that they had an agreement obligating them to stump $50 million for the communities in the Marange Zimunya areas.

Kasukuwere maintains an agreement is in place but this is dead in the water in the aftermath of his successor, Francis Nhema’s statement to the same committee which dismissed the so-called agreement letters as fake.

We all expect Kasukuwere to set the record straight — proving indeed that both Nhema and the mining firms in Marange are wrong.

It is a chance for Kasukuwere to really prove that his young brother Tongai did not borrow         $5 000 from the Youth Fund which is yet to be re-paid.

There are many, particularly the youths, who see Kasukuwere as a symbol of failed promises judging by the way the Youth Fund was disbursed.

Most importantly, it is also critical for the Mt Darwin South legislator to correct the impression that the Youth Fund was abused and benefitted those close to himself and Zanu PF.

It is our hope that the minister will face the portfolio committee and help it understand how he worked during his tenure.

Previously, some high ranking government and public officials have ducked appearing before portfolio committees using lame excuses such as ‘fear of making public state secrets’.

It is really in the interest of Kasukuwere to make it known to the ordinary Zimbabweans that he executed his duties to the best of his abilities contrary to the picture that has been painted by mining firms and those that appeared in Parliament.

Kasukuwere has lurched from one allegation to another without getting the opportunity to explain his side of the story.

On Thursday he has that opportunity.


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water,, - 13 May 2014

The problem with the Kasukuwere is that he is not educated. First when he was busy executing the indiginisation programme he Zanuly thought that it was a Mugabe programme little did he know that it was a Zimbabwean programme. That is wy the parliament is demanding answers Mr Kasukuwere madii kumbo correspondawo mbichana muvhurike pfungwa. Unotoshaya kuti zviri kutombofamba sei nembavha idzi

dzoraivhoti - 13 May 2014

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