Kasukuwere goes berserk

HARARE - Zanu PF’s deadly factional and succession wars rose a notch higher yesterday when embattled national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere made sensational claims that some of his senior party colleagues were brazen thieves and criminals who were robbing the poor blind.

Addressing supporters at a rally in the capital city to drum up support for Zanu PF Harare East by-election candidate Terence Mukupe, the angry Kasukuwere — reeling from the party’s intractable infighting that has lately seen him being accused of having designs at President Robert Mugabe’s and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s positions — shot from the hip, threatening that some officials would be expelled from the party soon.

Party insiders who spoke to the Daily News last night claimed that it was clear that “the stress is getting to Tyson (Kasukuwere)” and that the diatribe was directed at secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo — given the opposing positions that the two men had taken over the party’s representation in the divisive Harare East party primaries.

Reports indicated yesterday that Kasukuwere was due to suspend Zanu PF Harare province yesterday evening.

While Kasukuwere successfully backed Mukupe, including when the matter went to court, Chombo and the whole Harare province leadership supported Mavis Gumbo — with the saga still far from over even after Mnangagwa ruled that Mukupe would be the party candidate in the June 10 by-elections boycotted by the MDC.

It was thus, ironic that Kasukuwere and Chombo attended a function together early yesterday morning, and were expected to jointly address the subsequent rally.

But given the palpable tension between the two bigwigs, Chombo opted — unsurprisingly — to leave for another event in Chitungwiza, with well-placed sources telling the Daily News that the Local Government minister was still insisting that Gumbo, and not Mukupe, would represent the party in next month’s by-election for the seat.

And Kasukuwere would seemingly have none of it, going on a savage attack against criminal and thieving party bigwigs that left the few supporters in attendance shell-shocked.

Kasukuwere’s detractors allege that the combative and youthful Cabinet minister is a prominent member of the party’s ambitious Young Turks that is known by the moniker Generation 40 (G40), and some of them as the so-called Gang of Four, who stand accused of trying to grab power from Mugabe and Mnangagwa.

War veterans and influential Zanu PF official Oppah Muchinguri have also recently jumped on the bandwagon, accusing the G40 of plotting to oust Mugabe from power — in a manner former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies were similarly accused of engaging in treason, leading to their ruthless purging from the party and government.

Kasukuwere said bluntly yesterday that those who had boycotted the rally knew that he (Kasukuwere) did not associate with thieves.

“We will not be blackmailed or intimidated. They cannot be here because they can’t be with me because I don’t believe in their agenda. I will not share a stage with thieves.

“You are surviving by stealing people’s blood. You survive from stealing from the people and making operators pay everyday. I will rather come alone than to be accompanied by criminals in Zanu PF regalia,” Kasukuwere added.

Chombo, acting Zanu PF Harare provincial chairman Godwills Masimirembwa and Zanu PF Harare provincial youth leader Godwin Gomwe did not attend the rally, although they had all attended the earlier function.

Kasukuwere vowed that he would take head-on any internal elements that opposed party decisions.

“I am one of the biggest political thugs. If you are looking for big thugs in Zanu PF, I am one of them. Some of these small little thugs who think they are bigger than the party are playing with fire. Come to the ground and I will deal with you. Come and I will teach you a lesson.

“For the first time, they have met their match. I will not be cowed by thugs. I will tell them the truth. We stood against Mujuru’s corrupt cabal and we won and what can stop us,” Kasukuwere, who is nicknamed Tyson for his combative political style, boasted.

And he was not finished. He went on to accuse some party leaders of using cooperatives to make money.

“You are taking advantage of the suffering of the people to line your pockets at the expense of the people and we say no to corruption. This matter is getting out of hand. Some people think that to lead is to make people suffer and that cooperatives are money-making ventures.

“Harare should be behind President Mugabe and not thieves and criminals who think they can be arrogant to the party. Your time is up, we will send you packing. Zanu PF is for us all. Let us not abuse President Mugabe and the First Lady for our own selfish agendas.

“The fight in this province of Harare is a fight between evil and right, between righteousness and those who want to be corrupt and steal from the people. We will never be scared of anyone. If you think you must use your position to steal from the poor, pasi newe (down with you),” the fired-up Kasukuwere said.

He singled out the party’s Harare youths for special criticism, accusing them of extortion.

“Jim Kunaka and his gang used to collect money from commuter omnibuses using the party’s name. Now we are seeing the youths taking money from women at the market stalls. You hear someone say I am chairman. Chairman wechii? Chairman wekuba (What chairman? A thieving chairman?).

“We were watching as people were being abused but it’s now time up. We will send them packing,” Kasukuwere warned.

The Zanu PF political commissar also warned that some party members were on the verge of expulsion for challenging Mugabe’s leadership.

“If there are some who are dreaming they are free to continue dreaming. The leadership has chosen the candidate (Mukupe). That is the only Zanu PF candidate.

“If they don’t want you, then they don’t want you. If they want you, they want you. If you are a child of Zanu PF, you listen to the party and its decisions.

“There are some who are close to being dismissed from the party. You do not challenge the leadership of President Mugabe. You don’t use position and authority invested in you by the party to undermine the party.

“I want to tell you that cellphones don’t rule. This business of phoning each other and giving out instruction is nonsense. You listen to the party or you go and form your own party,” Kasukuwere thundered further.

Comments (53)

This is real talking Kasukuwere. I dont like ZANU(PF) but I love this kind of talk.

michael dhlegdu - 21 May 2015

Cde kasukuwere apa wataura there are people who a abusing party and you are sometimes with them where you campaigning you were with them when you visited kambuzuma.Joshua Nkomo housing coop yacho yauraya musangano muconstituancy yekambuzuma executive yachoirikudyira vanhu mari.Check there are some CIOS being sent to interrogate povo saying vauraya musangano leaving behind those who were sympathizing with mujuru the executive of cooperation and had an immediate turn up when she was out.Kudai wakataura zvakadai kukambuzuma zvisineyi vasina kuuya kumusangano wamukupe ndidzo honye ndiwo vakaramba Cde Chidawu vachida Tinashe.

cde joboringo - 21 May 2015

Go for it Tyson go for them, speak out boy speak out against your former dudes..they are listening and obviously wondering what the hack you are smoking these days.. we are enjoying the drama from a distance in the diaspora. But remember Border Gezi...he was once in your shoes, remember Nora he was once in your shoes..the rest is history mufana

Garikayi - 21 May 2015

Gari thx anoendeswa mwana uyu asi ataura nenyaya ye macooperatives havasi kusungwa vanhu ava lands committee yacho irikungotengwa vanhu vachidyirwa mari so road hadziperi kugadzirwa sewerage haperi uye macourtcases haaperi especially kambuzuma nzvimbo dzose dzapera nemaflag enyika pese pese same people from same cooperative J Nkomo cooperative KASUKUWERE BE ON THE GROUND DEAR SOLVE POLITICS PROBLEMS

kabvaruramusha - 21 May 2015

Mr Tyson Obama you need to tread very carefully in that position if I may take you back to your predecessors i.e. Moven Mahachi, Border Gezi,Eliiot Manyika the way they died. So be warned. If i were you take it the Webster Shamu approach.

Bus Chimutingiza - 21 May 2015

This is real man talking now. Saviour has no prisoners. Kuzoona June 10 asvika, ticha onerera gore rino. Wedzera mafuta saviour

Tyson - 21 May 2015

Gari thx anoendeswa mwana uyu asi ataura nenyaya ye macooperatives havasi kusungwa vanhu ava lands committee yacho irikungotengwa vanhu vachidyirwa mari so road hadziperi kugadzirwa sewerage haperi uye macourtcases haaperi especially kambuzuma nzvimbo dzose dzapera nemaflag enyika pese pese same people from same cooperative J Nkomo cooperative KASUKUWERE BE ON THE GROUND DEAR SOLVE POLITICS PROBLEMS

kabvaruramusha - 21 May 2015

Mr Kasukuwere, when did you become aware that they steal and abuse their positions? If you got knowledge of that yesterday, fine. If all this while you knew but said nothing about it, shame on you.

amon - 21 May 2015

Mr Kasukuwere, so you are telling us this man Bob is the party. No democracy. Anyone with a different perspective must go. You were/are also participating in all those deals of milking the poor. Its too late to accuse others because you were/are part and parcel of the thieves. Usada kuzvinatsa pasina. You think we are too blind to see what you have been doing. Tell your children that not us. You should know that its a matter of time musati mamhanya mose munozviti Zanu Pf.

piaget - 21 May 2015

Say the truth and shame the devil !!!!!

Zim - 21 May 2015

Apa wataura Tyson but ZANU PF haidi anotaura chokwadi manje chenjera. But mukateedzera zvirikutaugwa na tyson tingati mavanhu and munenge mapadhuze pokubuda

fireman - 21 May 2015

What about the criminal Energy Mutodi who stole from civil servants and enriched himself. Please Tyson get rid of Enrgy Mutodi.... imbavha huru.

yaso - 21 May 2015

For once thanks for being honest. Cooperatives leaders are fleesing the poor mainly ZPF suporters in the name of ZPF, & its leaders. Sally Mugabe, Zvaka & Ivhu cooperatives are run by crooks masquarading as warvets. Despite having not been affected by murambatsvina, there is no development compared to most recent cooperatives in Harare. No audits, no leadership change & they continue deepening their pockets unabated. Double/tripple allocations, fake title deeds & threats are well manifested. BUT we will not watch forever, war will be brought to there doorsteps. Aluta continua

El-Dodo - 21 May 2015

For once thanks for being honest. Cooperatives leaders are fleesing the poor mainly ZPF suporters in the name of ZPF, & its leaders. Sally Mugabe, Zvaka & Ivhu cooperatives are run by crooks masquarading as warvets. Despite having not been affected by murambatsvina, there is no development compared to most recent cooperatives in Harare. No audits, no leadership change & they continue deepening their pockets unabated. Double/tripple allocations, fake title deeds & threats are well manifested. BUT we will not watch forever, war will be brought to there doorsteps. Aluta continua

El-Dodo - 21 May 2015

iye ndiye mbavha huru. where did he get the money to start comoil, migdale transport? how did he get to own now defunct utc? the top thieves in Zimbabwe are as follows: 1. Rwavhi Mugabe 2. Emma Mnangarwa 3. Obert Mhofu 4. Gina Chombo 5. Several Katsukuviri 6. Phil 7. Kembo Mohadi 8. Oppah 9. Grace 10. Didi Mutasa Rwavhi is the supreme law giver and loot dispenser.

josphat mugadzaweta - 21 May 2015

Its exhausting to read and listen to anyone in ZANUPF. They all seem to accuse each other of corruption, and stealing but none of them ever goes to jail. Nor do they ever mention by names who is doing so. This culture of screaming on top of their lungs just before elections and then keep quite afterwards is a well tested strategy. Yesterday it was Mugabe chastezing police recruits, Mutasa claiming there thugs in ZANU (Kasukuwere just admitted) in broad day light to be the biggest thug but guess what he is still minister. Mliswa confirmed the culture of violence within ZAU PF and Chiyangwa accused Mliswa of murder and brutality. So none of these pple shld be listened to matter how sincere they may sound.

tino16 - 21 May 2015

Zanu is in trouble. It will take time to recover from these fights

Pipinyana Gushungo - 21 May 2015

TYSON KNOWS VERY WELL THE PRINTS HE IS TRAMPING,I AM SURE HE CHECK HIS TYRES DAILY TO SEE IF THERS NO SUSTANCE INSIDE,HE CONTROLS ONCOMING TRAFFIC,OTHERWISE HIS OWN SWEAPON WILL CUT HIM.CHOKWADI CHACHO CHANYANYA COMRADE,MADHARA E ZANU ANOPONDA ,CHENJERA TSAONA MU ROAD COMRADE TYSON

gaspy - 21 May 2015

TYSON KNOWS VERY WELL THE PRINTS HE IS TRAMPING,I AM SURE HE CHECK HIS TYRES DAILY TO SEE IF THERS NO SUSTANCE INSIDE,HE CONTROLS ONCOMING TRAFFIC,OTHERWISE HIS OWN SWEAPON WILL CUT HIM.CHOKWADI CHACHO CHANYANYA COMRADE,MADHARA E ZANU ANOPONDA ,CHENJERA TSAONA MU ROAD COMRADE TYSON

gaspy - 21 May 2015

Zanu pf is busy dying a spectacular natural death.

X-MAN IV - 21 May 2015

I think Mai Mahofa should take over. No one in Zanu has shown more commitment to the people, and intelligence. Mahofa, she carries that big body with authority.... she really deserves

Pipinyana Dhoko - 21 May 2015

This guy must be careful very careful ,Grace came papa rapa ra fired this fire that one guess what happened to her . She got sick a mysterious sickness which white doctors are failing to heal . Unless he has a strong sangoma very soon something is going to happen to him .Suwa if Kasukuwere was not a crook and thief were was he going to get all those riches .From a cio to a rich man just over night hey nada mani kasukuwere is a big benefitor of theft every one knows that .He is a minister today as a result of stolen elections . Satan is satan no matter how he wants to make himself an angel.

Diibulaanyika - 21 May 2015

2 Mugabe devils at each other's throat. Who is a better devil?? Mugabe paakona zvirikuitika muparty akaona kuti musangano waparara ndokuti "Pasi neZanu (PF)"

Banyamulenge - 21 May 2015

Tyson was directly refering to the Hre Zpf executive and to Chombo who fleeced millions from landless thousands through illegally ordering Zpf youths to invade 2 Caledonia farms inorder to outwit Mukupe and please girlfriend Mavis Gumbo. This was regardless of the fact that such invasion was previously deemed illegal through a High Court order from justice Bhunu in 2013. But Chombo defiantly chose to ignore the order to flex political muscle. Unfortunately he lost.

Guruuswa - 22 May 2015

Nhai Mavis naaChombo ma white farm invasion achiko here in this day and era? Chombo was trying to do in 2015 what the party was prohibited to by Courts to do in 2013 general elections.

serengeti - 22 May 2015

Mnangagwa and Saviours are right. The biggest threat to Zpf existence right now is Ignatius Chombo. His local gvt post has yielded him so much power that he now threatens and controls events through chiefs, headman, local gvts through the manipulation of land and Gvt positions. He is the main figure behind the Harare East debacle where he chose to use farm invasions to gather people and reverse the candidature of a previously favored candidate Mukupe. But we cant support a losing candidate ka.

Sanction Nikuv - 22 May 2015

The best way to loot is to put a flag and start claiming ownership of land. Mavis Gumbo youths pegged a small farm almost the size of 3 secondary schools to tens of thousands of homeless people and collected money claiming amai supported the move, but later to be chased out by the High Court

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dr - 22 May 2015

I Tyson Kasukaviri I live up to my name. I do not sting like a bee. I hammer. I can jump the gun to the side of the voters especially when the big-wigs try to apply a noose around my neck. I have to survive, to edge close to the seat of milk and honey, whatever it takes. It will be foolish of me kutevura muto ndasvika. Look chaps, all madharas will be gone very soon and the highway clear for me to apply full gas. Facts are there for everyone to see: if I could down Joice who downed a chopper what can stop me from downing anybody else who stands in my way ? I only need dhara Garwe-Masamba Asiyana on my side with Jona playing mbira besides me.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 22 May 2015

Saviour, in as much as you are being bold I still doubt your authenticity given what you are doing to Temba in Hurungwe. He is an example of what people will follow and this will show you how people really feel about your actions in the party.We are in a limbo because of our love for Our President who has dedicated his life for our cause and recently Temba who I think is a true champion who stands up for what he believes in.You must gain trust from the people and answer to the charges and claims of corruption against you.You must also be purified by the same fire that Robert and Temba went through.Until then we will always believe that you are a Gay Gangster

cHKOnA - 22 May 2015

@cHKnA Mugabe has not done anything for the people. Nothing. Themba Mliswa has not done anything for the country. Zimbabweans must stop seeing people opposed to them as enemies but rather as fellow citizens who want a different path

Pipinyana Gushungo - 22 May 2015

Mugabe= Liberator from Minority rule Mliswa= Hurungwe West @ Gushungo We need to accept the goodness in some people in as much as we acknowledge their faults.To outrightly dismiss them as having done nothing will be quite unfair.

cHKOnA - 22 May 2015

dai ndakapuwa urozvi sehwa Kasukuwere ndaizvisungirira

yogi - 22 May 2015

kasukuwere thanks for saying the truth about you and your zanu pf comrades do.But y are u saying it now?comrade u are also a thief.u stole everything and now the ship is sinking.

nasty o - 22 May 2015

kasukuwere thanks for saying the truth about you and your zanu pf comrades do.But y are u saying it now?comrade u are also a thief.u stole everything and now the ship is sinking.

nasty o - 22 May 2015

Hapana you are not going to face anything Kasukuvere. People are suffering say as it is. We had been always saying some of your guys are currupt to the born and nobody listened. Go for them Tyson before they get you. Right now they are setting traps for you. Apachina chokumirira apa, watotaura kare. I promise if you weed out these elements ZANU PF will win resoundingly.

felix - 22 May 2015

This Tyson guy is bullish in speach but has done nothing of note in Mashcentral. Him & brothers Dickson Mafios, Stan & Tongai looted everything donated to the province eg youth fund. Teurai Ropa remains our heroine & mother in the province not your imported mum from other provinces. Good farming land is owned by spercial people from other provinces. There is no community share ownership schemes like other provinces. Rural areas are now overcrouded yet there is land reform . TAKARWIRA VAMWE

El-Dodo - 22 May 2015

@cHKOnA Where is the Zim dollar? Where are the industries and companies? Why is the Zim economy smaller than in 1965 Where are diamond moneys Where is the ZBC today, NRZ, CSC, David Whitehead etc? What is Gukurahundi, Why have 5 million Zimbabweans fled the country? What is load shedding What are agro cheques and where is the agricultural produce What is operation wavotera papi, Murambatsvina? You will find Mugabe's failures in answers to those questions

Pipinyana Gushungo - 22 May 2015

It does't matter what this Kasu.. guy says. He has been part of the gross mismanagement of our country and the looting thats going on. By the way, wellsaid P Gushungo. ZANU is the problem and it is gratifying to see it in its death throes.

Muzungu Moyo - 22 May 2015

Ana Tyson zvamurikungobawo nzou muchitengesa wani.Makangofanana mese mazanu pf fanika bhutsu dzekuleft

Manjo So - 22 May 2015

Better late than never Kasukuwere, at least you are beginning to say something. Let this boldness continue and let the truth be said

Mwana waMwari - 22 May 2015

Webster Shamu is the onlyZANU Pf PC seeing the day . I pray nothing bad happens to Sevhiya. I think his outspokedness will will save him.

Amai Mandigona - 22 May 2015

heiye ye yeye hiyee haaa heiye yeye yeyee haaa nanana

mukoma Chorosi - 22 May 2015

heiye ye yeye hiyee haaa heiye yeye yeyee haaa nanana

mukoma Chorosi - 22 May 2015

The gay queen can speak shame. Give shim a savanna!!

Pipinyana - 22 May 2015

varume ngatitaure chokwadi besides Saviour under life threat but we need leaders like him he is our future president honestly come elections i will vote for from the diaspora thank you.

kufakunodya - 23 May 2015

Future president my foot!! Kasukuwere is going nowhere very slowly..... Mark my words.

Pipinyana - 23 May 2015

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