Kasukuwere mauls Mnangagwa supporters

HARARE - In a fresh assault on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allies — as Zanu PF’s ugly tribal, factional and succession wars continue to burn hot — Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has once again described them as a bunch of “drunkards” who allegedly think that the ruling party “is run from beer halls”.

Kasukuwere, who is also Zanu PF’s all-powerful national political commissar, and is believed to belong to the Generation 40 (G40) faction which is opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding President Robert Mugabe, also told the Daily News at the weekend that the VP’s backers were allegedly hellbent on effecting illegal regime change in Zanu PF.

The miffed Kasukuwere, who is nicknamed Tyson on account of his combative political style, said this while responding to questions regarding last week’s strong assertion by Mnangagwa’s supporters that Zanu PF’s acting provincial chairpersons were holding office irregularly as they had allegedly been imposed on party structures.

“We have always said we are aware of the agenda of these people who interestingly seem not to have any idea of how Zanu PF is run, to the extent of thinking, in their little intoxicated minds, that this massive party is run from some dingy hotel in Masvingo or some other place like that, hoping to effect regime change. But they will be sorry,” he said. Kasukuwere’s savage attack on Team Lacoste, the Zanu PF faction rallying behind Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential aspirations, came as his vocal friend and Higher Education minister, Jonathan Moyo, was also viciously laying into the Midlands godfather himself, vowing publicly on Sunday that he would never support the VP’s alleged bid for the leadership of the ruling party.

Among the people who have recently claimed that Kasukuwere is imposing G40 members in provincial structures is former minister Paul Mangwana, who is also Zanu PF’s deputy legal affairs secretary.

But Kasukuwere dismissed Mangwana’s and other alleged Team Lacoste kingpins’ contention that he was running Zanu PF in a factional manner as “beerhall talk” that was solely motivated by “successionist interests”.

“He (Mangwana) is just trying to be big-headed because the chairpersons were approved by the politburo and he should have asked his boss Patrick Chinamasa, who chairs the national disciplinary committee, about it.

“Why is he trying to confuse people by making statements while he is drunk? Why did he make noise in defence of Ezra Chadzamira when he came into office through the same process to replace Killian Gwanetsa?

“Is it not his province that made that recommendation and why didn’t he make the same noise if he did not believe the process was within the provisions of the Zanu PF constitution?

“Is it not a fact that Section 264 of the party constitution says the deputy chairperson takes over from the chairperson when he is removed? Mangwana is clearly out of order and he should just shut up,” Kasukuwere fumed.

This is the second time in less than two years that Kasukuwere has described Mnangagwa’s allies as drunkards.

In May 2015, he labelled some leaders of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) as drunkards, after the former liberation fighters launched a scathing attack on him and other ruling party bigwigs.

War veterans have made public their desire to have Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s successor — a decision that has seen them sailing on a collision course with G40 kingpins.

Comments (15)

Am quite sure that Kasukuwere was even more drunk when he made those comments. When one men on his way to somewhere meets several people and see them all as drunk, it is mostly likely it is him who is drunk.

Mutemo Pisa - 25 January 2017

lets resolve economic issues

lol - 25 January 2017

What Tyson is simply saying here is yes Munangagwa will take over leadership of zanu but will never be our president bcoz G40 will kick the ball lapo shatini and zanu will loose the same way they did in 2008

Diibulaanyika - 25 January 2017

kkkkkk, G40 will disappear and leave this country if Ngwena assumes leadership of the party, for they will all be arrested, thrown into jail and suspended from the party

mukristu - 25 January 2017

kkkkkk, G40 will disappear and leave this country if Ngwena assumes leadership of the party, for they will all be arrested, thrown into jail and suspended from the party

mukristu - 25 January 2017

Kudzingana kwacho kwanyanya- you fire this chairman put another one, fire him again put another one. Surely at 1 time someone will never know kuti chairman chaiye ndeupi. Hapachina law apa noone following constitution

Cde Pasipanodya - 25 January 2017

these electoral cowards are a worst of your time tyson,they think the presidency can be inherited

truth - 25 January 2017

Its interesting to note that the good minister now sees the bad roads.He did put time aside yestaday to tour the roads ,especialy Seke road .Thats good mr kasukuwere.Plse spend more time on this .Politics is for pple at zanu headqotas.Leave that to them.Yu do yo job as vp has instructed yu to do yestaday.Its imperative yu spend energy on yo ministrial job ,than bootlicking .Councils allege that its yo interference that disturbed them from fixing roads.Harare has no proper town clerk bcoz yu intervened.Service delivery is at its lowest.Chitungwiza say the same.Yu are not the minister of roads but since yu run councils yu may want to speak to mr Tsvangirai to urge him to come dwn hard on his guys ,to fix the roads.I addressed vp on the road repairs but yu jumped in and want to brief Pres Mugabe 1st on declaring it national disaster,are yu seeing faction competition in this.Plse dont.Be seriouse wth citizens .Put aside factional nonsense now and rally behind presidium.Please.

viola gwena - 25 January 2017

While yu Mr Kasukuwere ,are waiting for president Mugabe to brief him,for now yu can brief Mr Tsvangirai on the national disaster .Mr Tsvangirai is the institution running town councils.Dont see any politics in this.A national disaster is above party politics.Mr Tsvangirai has the country at heart also and he is yo boss on a doted line.Go and see him and brief him.

viola gwena - 25 January 2017

Nonsense in 1997 big Solomon Who was mayor of Harare city was fire by then local govt minister J N komo bcoz the whole city was dry with no water and they was no MDC t mines closed from 1980 companies relocated from other parts of the country to Harare where they were at last run down by zanu not MDC T our money the dollar vanished bcoz of Mugabe and Munangagwa . not MDC T they were no foreign money dealers all over streets before zanu now we have thousands of them a sign that we have no govt . They were no illegal miners before zanu now we have thousands of them . Pple never went to foreign countries to look for jobs bcoz jobs were readly available before zanu took over .No one suffered from sickness caused by drinking water contaminated by human shit before zanu took over the least is endless and the MDC T is capable of ending all these woos bcoz we saw them ending all nonsense when they came in as a joint govt in 2009 of which now all supper markets hospitals and schools which had stopped working are now working bcoz of them They introduced USD and scrapped of the useless bearers For the first time our economy showed signs of recovery but when MDC went out govt after 2013 election again the economy collapsed with civil workers not paid in time

Diibulaanyika - 26 January 2017

shut up G40

chegason - 26 January 2017

Please ladies lets help our husbands when they go out to address . To say what has been written about the local government minister is true about calling everyone drunkards. Wives should correct their husbands even children should help their parents. Why is their no respect these days. People should manage their words. Its not right. Remember you are not the last minister for this ministry. Moda kuzodii macomrades. My Heart bleeds when people fail to communicate properly. Nyika ndeyedu tose iyi. Moda kuti titaurei Kuva zukuru wedu. Please be mature MINISTER. Ngatimbosiya zvekutamba izvi. What are you taking us for. GOD BLESS OUR NATIONJ. LET SANITY PREVAIL.tanetaisu.

Tunagmirai Zvakanaka - 26 January 2017

Thumbs up Diibulaanyika you have said it loud and clear. I saw it with my own eyes MDC (T) changed a lot of things. Zanu boasted that they were going it alone kkkkkkk but up to now vaitei chinooneka, hapana other than looting and destroying nxaaa

olga - 26 January 2017

The truth is unless we learn to differ with each other constructively without being hateful to those who have different views,we will never go anywhere as a nation. no one is totally bad and no one is totally good we have so much to blame as much as we have so much to be blamed for. Zanu pf has its own issues , Mdc has its own issues,so does Mavambo, Zapu, Transform Zimbabwe,etc what we need to is to try and find each and agree on common solutions,because at the end of the day we are all Z,imbabweans and we are all God's people

hector chikowore - 29 January 2017

The truth is unless we learn to differ with each other constructively without being hateful to those who have different views,we will never go anywhere as a nation. no one is totally bad and no one is totally good we have so much to blame as much as we have so much to be blamed for. Zanu pf has its own issues , Mdc has its own issues,so does Mavambo, Zapu, Transform Zimbabwe,etc what we need to is to try and find each and agree on common solutions,because at the end of the day we are all Z,imbabweans and we are all God's people

hector chikowore - 29 January 2017

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