Zanu PF hawks turn on Kasukuwere

HARARE - Some Zanu PF hardliners are turning on the party’s new political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere as relations within the so-called Gang of Four continue to fray and close allies of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa flex their muscles, the Daily News has learnt.

Sources said yesterday that the stunning turn of events follows growing criticism within sections of the party that Kasukuwere, who is also Environmental and Water Affairs minister and is nicknamed Tyson for his combative political style, has grown “too ambitious and too big for his boots” — which needed urgent “nipping in the bud”.

The new crisis to hit President Robert Mugabe’s warring party comes at a time that the nonagenarian is battling old age and ill-health, and a messy split in Zanu PF — which has recently seen liberation struggle pioneers forming a competing “Zanu PF” that is flying under the name Zanu People First.

The sources who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said in the latest party ructions, Kasukuwere and other young Turks, referred to as Generation 40 (G40), were now pitted against supporters of Mnangagwa who were determined to make sure that the party strongman succeeded Mugabe following the summary expulsion of former VP Joice Mujuru from the party last week.

Although the two camps had united in a broad front to oust and eventually expel Mujuru from the party, the sources claimed this had been “a marriage of convenience” as they both wanted one of their own to succeed Mugabe.

“This is the reason why Tyson (Kasukuwere) was taken to serious task during last week’s politburo meeting. Among other issues, he had unilaterally and factionally decided to overturn Manicaland Province’s rejection of his allies Dakarai Mapuranga and Albert Nyakuedzwa’s CVs to represent the party in the Headlands by-elections in June.

“His opponents in the politburo such as Oppah (Muchinguri-Kashiri) made sure that he was humiliated and that the decision to promote members of his faction was overturned on the spot,” one of the sources said.

Mapuranga’s CV was rejected on the basis that he had only been a member of the provincial Youth League for four months when the party demanded that a potential candidate for the legislature must have been in recognised party structures for at least five years.

On the other hand, Nyakuedzwa was blocked because he apparently has a criminal record, after he was said to have been convicted of the murder of war veteran Tina Wilson Mukono in 2005.

The duo’s supporters demonstrated against Muchinguri- Kashiri, Patrick Chinamasa, Kudzanai Chipanga and Samuel Undenge last week, accusing them of being behind their rejection by party bigwigs.

The duo also went on to appeal against the province’s decision to the national elections directorate, which is headed by Kasukuwere, who in turn went on to throw the party constitution away and controversially cleared the two to stand in the internal party contest.

“This has created an irreparable rift between the former tight members of the Gang of Four Kasukuwere and Muchinguri, with the latter, who regards herself as the godmother of Manicaland, accusing the former of being disrespectful and forging a close alliance with Ngwena (Mnangagwa),” another source said.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo distanced himself from the chaos yesterday, saying he was not in a position to comment on the divisive matter.

“It is Kasukuwere who is responsible for that department and was responsible for these elections. He would be better-placed to explain with facts than I can do. So I hope he will give a briefing on the correct position,” Khaya Moyo said.

The clashes between Muchinguri-Kashiri and Kasukuwere mark the collapse of the ruling party’s powerful Gang of Four which also included Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao and Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo.

The four are credited with master-minding the ouster and then expulsion of Mujuru and her allies from the party.

A politburo member who also spoke to the Daily News yesterday described Kasukuwere’s move to suspend the decision by Manicaland Province on Mapuranga and Nyakuedzwa as “unusual and alien” to Zanu PF.

He also said Mapuranga and Nyakuedzwa’s decision to appeal that decision was “mischievous” given that Kasukuwere was himself the custodian of those rules.

“It is like a minister of Education who requests for teachers to fill vacancies and when he is given qualified ones, he chooses to go for the unqualified. It is absurd,” the senior party official said.

“We have other candidates who did not qualify and accepted but these two comrades used their relationship with the national commissar to try and smuggle their way in, but they still lost”, the official added.

What has particularly irked some of the party stalwarts opposed to Kasukuwere was that many G40 members affectionately but inappropriately referred to him as Barack Obama,  inferring that he was Zimbabwe’s future president in the making.

“It is this suspicion that is at the centre of the bickering which has been amplified by the ongoing primary elections and the deployment of politburo members to oversee the Zanu PF restructuring exercise,” another insider recently told the Daily News.

Kasukuwere’s detractors have also drawn out their daggers against him allegedly because most of the politburo members he deployed to oversee the ongoing party restructuring exercise in the provinces were more sympathetic to him and working against Mnangagwa.

Comments (13)

This Kasukuwere gay thing reminds us of one Madzibaba Border Gezi the overzealous Political Commissar who met his fate in a very short this space!!!!

Garikayi - 7 April 2015

Kasukuwere comparing himself with President Obama , what a joke of the first 21th century. It's like the devil trying to compare himself with Jesus Christ. Kasukuwere should just stick to village politics of Zanupf. Obama is 21st century legend. Look at what he did to the Republicans and watch again in 2016 when he backs the democratic candidate. He is bad news...

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So is there now a Kasukuwere faction verusa Muchinguri and versus Mnangagwa?

Kufandada - 7 April 2015

Let there be misunderstandings of a bigger magnitude in the G4 clique to speed up the collapse of ZPFUUUMVU brand. We are tired of these masquerades. Why should we be a sacrificed generation. From British Colonialism to Mugabe and ZPFUMVU's tyrannical rule.

Professor Do Take Foto - 7 April 2015

ZPF needs to do the decent thing for once. Retire Mugabe forthwith; choose a stopgap President whilst forming a stopgap government from ALL interested parties and leading to a truly free and fair elections. Otherwise the end beckons! God's hand of judgment is evident! We urge them to do a radical U-turn and let us all help salvage Zimbabwe and begin a new era of healing and true comradeship!

Freedom4Zim - 7 April 2015

If ever Kasukuwere compared himself with Obama he is shameless and suffers grossly from absolute inferiority complex.Kasukuwere is Kasukuwere and Obama is Obama even if you appreciate a character you will never be that character.Its Zanu Pf hero-worshipping getting him beserk

carson macate - 7 April 2015

Why is this Nyakuedzwa free on the street if he was convicted of murder in 2005?

mukwerekwere - 7 April 2015

Makwerekwere, he is free on the street because he belongs to a party of murderers and prostitutes. They are above the law for NOW, but one day..........just one day, we will call them one by one to account for their actions, Katsukuviri included,that is if God does not call them first.

Chipoto vhaivhai - 8 April 2015

Komusangano wapinda papi munyaya yengochani?

Bongozozo - 8 April 2015

There is nothing alien about Zanu Pf

Phaphamani - 8 April 2015

Zanu Pf does anything, illegal, immoral or irregular everytime

Phaphamani - 8 April 2015

can somebody explain to the public how a murderer Nyakuedzwa is out free and blooming after killing someone in Rusape there. Is the rule of law being observed or it only protects a bunch of these wild rangers.

ISISu - 10 April 2015

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