Kasukuwere sues Zimpapers

HARARE - Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere says allegations that he corruptly allocated land to his friends and relatives are part of a grand plot by his foes in the deeply-divided ruling party to smear his name and increase their chances of succeeding President Robert Mugabe.

Kasukuwere said this in his High Court application in which he is suing the Zimpapers’  Herald editor Caesar Zvayi, Sunday Mail editor Mabasa Sasa and three reporters for $7 million.

The Zanu PF political commissar filed the application following a spate of stories published by the Herald and the Sunday Mail, claiming that he had illegally distributed land for his personal benefit.

The current litigation emerged after Mugabe recently raised issues over land deals involving popular charismatic preacher Walter Magaya.

Zimpapers, went on to publish a series of stories claiming that Kasukuwere had irregularly parcelled out the land, further suggesting that the minister was under probe and facing arrest.

Kasukuwere, is seen as a key member of the Generation 40 (40), a Zanu PF faction rabidly opposed to Team Lacoste, a camp pushing for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidential ambitions.

“And in relation to what has become known as the Blue Ocean Strategy, the various defamatory articles against the plaintiff (Kasukuwere) are intended by the defendants to have the following effect: In relation to succession politics within Zanu PF, to advance the political fortunes of the beneficiaries of the Blue Ocean Strategy to which the defendants are an appendage,” Kasukuwere said.

The Blue Ocean Strategy came into the public domain following claims by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko that a document had been released by Team Lacoste, aimed at silencing the G40.

The document says Zanu PF had three options with Mnangagwa representing path 1 (where the party and government must go), Mugabe (path 2 — where the president wants the party to go) and Grace (path 3 — the path to self-destruction).

The document states several strategies that were to be used to thwart Mugabe’s wife Grace and the G40, while keeping Mnangagwa in the race.

The document also stated that some dossiers against members of the G40 were to be compiled and be used on the eve of the 2018 elections through the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.

Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo, yet another member of the G40 faction is currently being investigated by Zacc on allegations of abusing funds from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef).

On the other hand, Kasukuwere is also reportedly being investigated by Zacc.

It is against this background that Kasukuwere, therefore, claimed that the series of stories published by the State media damaged his reputation.

According to some of the stories, Kasukuwere allocated land to his brother Tongai, Betty Kaseke, Shadreck Mashayamombe, Sarah Mahoka, Magaya and Innocent Hamandishe.

“The 1st Herald article, in its defamatory, false and misleading allegations states the following about the plaintiff: that the plaintiff was taken to task by the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe for selling land in Chishawasha B, Norton and Harare South earmarked for youths housing to ... Magaya and political bigwigs,” Kasukuwere said.

In the court papers, Kasukuwere said the articles were meant to portray him as a corrupt Cabinet minister, a nepotistic, a person who used land to bribe people.

He said the State media made it appear as though the mere asking by the president about the sale of land to Magaya, without specific allegations of wrongdoing amounted to an allegation of wrongdoing.

He said his reputation and standing has been impaired in the eyes of the public, considering that he is a minister, an MP, a family man, businessman and a veteran of the Mozambique campaign.

The Zimpapers and its reporters are yet to respond to the claim.

Comments (5)

I thought it was Mugabe who said that and the papers are just reporting on what the president said. Sue the president then.

XG - 9 November 2016

The so called Tyson is finished. His best before date just like his friend Jonathan has lapsed and his master no longer has any use of both of them. True as you have said it @XG he should sue his boss. Don't shoot the messenger Mr Tyson.

mosquito - 9 November 2016

Kasukuwere is now confused and desperate. Magaya is alive and is openly saying 'yes' he bought the land but he did not know that there were some issues with that land. So why is he not suing Magaya or Mugabe's intelligence people. All what Kasukuwere is telling us is that Mugabe and his intelligence people are liars and mad

alec mawire - 9 November 2016

This kid is finnished.He is now halucinating.He meeds ebola testing.Worms in his head.Get rid of all yo loot.Give it up.Politics is not a kindergatern subject.Yu thot yu were real smart hey,speaking n belowing yo voice trying to sound like Borda Gezi.Yu just dont have the waist for the jive.Yu are now in real scuul now.Yu are just a chimp in a suit.

viola gwena - 9 November 2016

Kasukuwere you are a thief.Dont waste the court's time.Dzorera ivhu kuvanhu.Dzorera mari yeropa

weGuruve - 10 November 2016

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