Bhasikiti mounts spirited defence

HARARE - Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, the Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister, told President Robert Mugabe last weekend that all members of the Zanu PF politburo were in “wrong baskets”.

Following a verbal shellacking he received from Mugabe during last week’s politburo meeting where the 90-year-old president asked Bhasikiti why he was “in the wrong basket”, the embattled minister mounted a spirited defence in the politburo, according to sources, saying all of them either belonged to Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa or vice president Joice Mujuru’s camps.

“You should get out of the wrong basket. I hear that you are not consistent. Get into the right basket,” Mugabe said to Bhasikiti as he was entering the politburo.

A tense Bhasikiti told his boss that he had worked on a thesis whose content proves his commitment to Zanu PF.

“I am consistent, president,” he said in his defence, but Mugabe reportedly told him off.

Bhasikiti, however, told the Daily News yesterday that following the public humiliation, he later gathered his guts to tell Mugabe the truth during the meeting.

Defending himself, Bhasikiti said he had impressed upon Mugabe that there were two camps battling for supremacy in the party.

He claimed that he told Mugabe that he had been isolated in the politburo as members had transferred their loyalty to leaders of their respective factions.

“I told the president when all of you journalists had left that I was not the only one in the wrong basket as people are aligned either to Mnangagwa or Mai Mujuru and that members no longer respected him,” Bhasikiti said.

Both Mujuru and Mnangagwa have denied leading factions.

The Mwenezi legislator said: “I told him that I was the only one who still believed in him in the entire politburo and even in Parliament despite that I was also in the wrong basket as others have since abandoned him for their new leaders.”

Bhasikiti was, however, quick to point out that he did not follow any faction leaders.

“I hope the fact that the president will now appoint his deputies means that people have now been bundled in one basket and all these issues will be put to rest and that is why I supported amendments to the party constitution,” he said.

He refused to say whether he felt that the method used to put the party in one basket was unfair to Mujuru since only her perceived allies were purged.

“I am too junior to comment about that but my only hope is that whatever happens in the party pleases us all as one family,” Bhasikiti said.

Prior to the politburo meeting, Mugabe had also questioned Labour and Social Welfare minister Nicholas Goche over reports that he approached hit men to assassinate him.

Goche has since been blocked from retaining his position in the central committee by hired anti-Mujuru party supporters.

Comments (19)

Bhasikiti siyana nazvo zve zanu yeuka E Manyika , B Gezi etc unofa pagarisa pamagamba u are next chenjera unoti inyore iwe nakaukonde na goche uye gumbo munofa december asati asvika Jonathan arikuku fudzai kunge makawi

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GSS - 25 November 2014

the president wanted to know why he was in the wrong bhasikiti

wrong bhasikiti - 25 November 2014

Bhasikiti should be applauded for taking boot licking to a whole new level. Couldn't he use the opportunity he got to tell Mugabe what he doesn't already know, like how the economy is on the brink of collapse due to their unproductive insensitive cat fights?

Dr Know - 25 November 2014

“I told the president when all of you journalists had left that I was not the only one in the wrong basket as people are aligned either to Mnangagwa or Mai Mujuru and that members no longer respected him,” Bhasikiti said. KKKK...nhema

cash talk - 25 November 2014

Idiotic bhasikiti, what if the President supports the other basket? Elsewhere you are supposed to pay 10 million as you failed to defend yourself in a court of law and now you waste time trying to justify the wrong basket you were laying your eggs in. All those tractors and vehicles will soon be attached by the messenger of court.

reason - 25 November 2014

shame shame to a Mr Bhasikiti, its all over for you, dats zpf for sure

murauri wehove - 25 November 2014

vanhu ava vanonyadzisa chokwadi. how can a father, someone's husband, stoop so low to even embarrass himself in a newspaper like this guy? the president has power for real. these guys are too scared of him to make any meaningful contribution to the stability of the country's economy let alone the party. when people are this scared, they are likely to misinform the president cause they can almost say anything that comes to mind. gumbo sounds different in my view. i think the president needs people like gumbo who are at least able to speak their minds. bhaiskiti uno svodesa zvomene mene.

zvirozviyedzwa - 25 November 2014

“I told the president when all of you journalists had left that I was not the only one in the wrong basket as people are aligned either to Mnangagwa or Mai Mujuru and that members no longer respected him,” This dude is a sellout. Be a man Basikiti. You're a huge embarrassment to your wife and kids.

Qiniso - 25 November 2014

He is not in the wrong basket. He is the wrong Baskiti

svodai - 26 November 2014

hehehehehe vana Bhasikiti nhasi zvakupfukiraiwo zve?? This man aishiner muMasvingo umu kuita seakasika munhu. Shuwa vakuru vakareva vakati chisingaperi chinoshura..

lol - 26 November 2014

So Bhasikiti is also telling us Mugabe who has found himself in Mnangagwa basket, and he thinks Bhasikiti is in Mujuru Basket, and Bhasikiti now says the whole Politiburo is in the wrong basket.

maita - 26 November 2014

I guess his thesis title reads, Z.a.n.u PF, a case study of two opposing baskets in the party vis-a-vis the economic basket.

ndozvo - 26 November 2014

The PRESIDENT should give thanks to his wife for putting things in the shadow of order.Yet the truth is near to give birth to the real issue.

Jordan N - 26 November 2014

Both baskets have lost lustre and I envy none. Ndityokerwe zvangu ndiri mubhasikiti ndichiti ndiri kuiteyi manwa wemunhu.

papa paddie - 26 November 2014

Bhaskiti is surely a disgrace to African men how can a fully fledged adult tremble and shake at the sight of an old man,you are worthless uri tsanga inogadziriswa mabhasikiti nxaa

runaida - 26 November 2014

Where are you Z.c.t.u you are no longer even visible to workers.We no longer knows your role and your duties, you came to us preaching the gospel of no to market flexibility, but to my surprise the government has already assured the nation that the is no going back come february 2014. The labour body has forget the roles and duties they now work as media watchdogs or politicians, who lies until they are off the hook.

banda darlington - 26 November 2014

“I told the president when all of you journalists had left that I was not the only one in the wrong basket as people are aligned either to Mnangagwa or Mujuru" Saka anga asina kuterera zvaitaurwa naPresident kana First lady. Kune two maBhasikiti, raPresident neraVP chete. Hameno kuti ngwena munoipinzirei ipapa. Sure ungati President kana First Lady vataura iwe woti ndiMunangagwa. Vakati hausi mubhasikiti rangu, iwe ukatadza kunzwisisa

Timothy Thorton - 27 November 2014

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