Vultures circle wobbly 'Tyson'

HARARE - The Zanu PF enemies of the party’s under-siege national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, are raining in deadly blows and ratcheting up their fierce assault on him all round — making his political future in the warring former liberation movement look increasingly tenuous.

This comes as it was confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that his home province of Mashonaland Central has now officially submitted its report to the party’s all-powerful politburo — recommending the under-fire Local Government minister’s censure.

At the same time, Kasukuwere’s determined foes are also calling for his immediate resignation from his influential position of political commissar, ahead of the party’s campaigns for next year’s make-or-break national elections.

Well-placed sources who spoke to the Daily News yesterday claimed that other provinces were also compiling dossiers alleging a slew of "sins" on Kasukuwere’s part, including charges of creating parallel structures and planning to topple President Robert Mugabe.

And while Kasukuwere appeared to have been given a stay of execution by Mugabe at last week’s politburo meeting in Harare, following the wily nonagenarian’s warning to his followers not to use demonstrations to air their grievances, it emerged at the weekend that the exuberant politician who is nicknamed Tyson for his combative approach to politics remained on the ropes in the party.

This was evidenced by the decision by his home province to formally submit to the politburo its recommendations for disciplinary action to be taken against him and his brother Dickson Mafios.

The sources who spoke to the Daily News said this had happened after Mashonaland Central had held two meetings last week, in the aftermath of the demonstration which was held in Bindura against the two brothers a fortnight ago.

Zanu PF spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo, would neither confirm nor deny yesterday that the politburo had received the letter.

“They (such letters) don’t come to me ... they go to the secretary for administration, (Ignatius) Chombo. So, talk to ... Chombo and he will be able to help you with that one,” the cagey Khaya Moyo said.

Repeated efforts to reach Chombo were unsuccessful.

But Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha — who last week claimed that he had received death threats for publicly calling for Kasukuwere’s ouster — piled further pressure on his party senior yesterday, asking him to resign forthwith.

“I advise the comrades (Kasukuwere and Mafios — who is acting party chairperson in Mash Central), in the interests of the party, to voluntarily step aside.

"... (Eunice) Sandi Moyo and ... Sarah Mahoka were brave enough to see reality and made wise choices to resign. It is not personal or subjective.

"The necessary organs of the party must act to address the grievances raised by the people of Mashonaland Central and Zimbabwe at large. I think the writing is on the wall for my fellow comrades and friends (Kasukuwere and Mafios),” Dinha said yesterday.

“They must not cost the party votes and must seriously introspect and see that their leadership style and bullish characters, as well as their politics of division, nepotism, factionalism and shallow hatred have brought the current state of affairs.

“Put figuratively, a salesman or woman must be able to sell the product for his company. When he or she can no longer do so, or clients have lost faith in the sales team, the shareholders or management must find another sales team to increase sales and profits, to win market share.

"Zanu PF must act fairly but decisively on this matter,” Dinha thundered further.

This comes after Kasukuwere recently suffered the surprising spectacle of witnessing demonstrations against him in his home province, as angry supporters demanded, among other things, that the party recalls him on bizarre charges of attempting to unseat Mugabe.

After the demonstration, the protesters handed a petition to Martin Mavhangira, who is a member of the Zanu PF central committee, for onward transmission to Mugabe, demanding that the nonagenarian fires Kasukuwere from the troubled party.

Zanu PF insiders have previously claimed that Kasukuwere is one of the kingpins of the party’s Generation 40 (G40) faction, which is rabidly opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.

The Bindura demonstration against Kasukuwere and Mafios was followed by further gatherings in the Midlands and Masvingo provinces, where several other bigwigs were also targeted, including both serving and former ministers.

The demos also came two weeks after cracks emerged in the influential women’s league which is headed by powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe, which recently expelled from its ranks Sandi Moyo and the vocal Mahoka.

The duo resigned from their posts in the key party wing ahead of last Wednesday’s politburo meeting in Harare.

Dinha last week twisted the knife into Kasukuwere and Mafios when he said he supported disciplinary action against the two heavyweights.

"The grievances against Kasukuwere and Mafios and their cabal are serious, and warrant the principal, ... Mugabe, to take special note, and the party to take appropriate disciplinary action.

“In all honesty, I feel the NPC (national political commissar) and his brother brought this on themselves and they can’t blame me or others or the president and Amai Dr G Mugabe, as I hear they are now doing.

"They brought into the fray politics of division and factionalism, and regarded everyone with alternative views and opinions as enemies," Dinha said then.

Observers have also previously said Mugabe’s failure to resolve Zanu PF’s succession riddle is fuelling the party’s deadly infighting.

Zanu PF is currently divided into two bitterly-opposed factions, the G40 and Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa backers).

The 93-year-old has studiously refused to name a successor, insisting that the party’s congress has that mandate to choose a person of their own choice.

Analyst also told the Daily News yesterday that recent developments, including the resignations of Mahoka and Sandi Moyo, as well as the growing attacks on Kasukuwere, have serious negative ramifications on the G40 faction — with the camp’s future lying in the hands of Mugabe.

“Kasukuwere’s fate ultimately lies in Mugabe’s hands. The G40 faction may be down, but it is not out at this point.

"It is premature to write an obituary for the G40,” political analyst, Dewa Mavhinga, said.

Comments (9)

I am a conerned citizen of Zimbabwe I am not quiet sure what crime this boy has committed yes despite his filthy rich pickings from nowere I still support him for what he did bringng the issue of the land especially in Harare were the Mashayamombes and Zvandasaras where having field days I think that is his crime otherwise he had done a lot if you look at it at face value politics asside business wise I think from his comments vs Muduviri land is not for free and land should be available with the correct channels so politics aside I think he has been a good guy in terms of Cooperatives being banned which was a long overdue issue pending from Chombo's time. So Mr Mugabe please look at this case as it comes I think its a question of sour grapes hear big up mupfana Tyson on the Harare land issue I think you acted like a real man

URDCOP - 10 April 2017

zvakanzi kangoma karirisi kave pedyo nekubvaruka. iyi mvuu yangayonyumbwira kunge zvinonzi mwana wamunhumutapa izvo haina kugwa Hondo, haina kufunda, imbavha zvayo chete. zvaiwanawo ngwarati yaitaurisa zvikuru paidzingwa nguruve inonzi joice. shungurudza munhu gwavhi Mugabe!!!

mukovhe wa tshilidzi - 10 April 2017

Its politics stupid! There is no G40 or Lacoste camps in Zanu PF. You engineer what appears to be fighting within and these camps so that the masses will think the party is imploding. On the contrary, these guys are together wining and dining whilst the povo are used in these perceived fights. Politics is not for the gullible and i am afraid Zimbos and the stupid private media have fallen into this decoy. The private media maybe doing it to increase sales for their pathetic papers which only report on Zanu pf instead of touching other very important facets affecting the greater majority of the impoverished masses. Those with ears let them hear what is being articulated here. Icho!!!

Madhunamutuna - 10 April 2017

If Mugabe listen to the voices of Cd Kasukuwere and Mafios foes he is completely lost and finished. This guys fought and sweated so hard for ZANU PF to enjoy the support it have in Mashonaland Central. I urge Mugabe not be deceived and coned by greedy, big headed and follow wind and sterotype policians

zexp - 10 April 2017

The biggest thug has been cornered. There is nothing left to plunder, The gravy train has to offload to keep a few on the feeding trough.

X-MAN IV - 10 April 2017

I agree with Madhunamutuna,this is ZANU politics&this is not new, remember Tekere&also that issue of Jonathan Mwoyo,even bhora musango.This is ZANU guys,,they are playing their dirty games.Even Mujuru is still a member of ZANU,that's why we see all sorts of confusion within her party.They are trying to confuse the opposition so that we can concentrate with them&relax thinking that we are coverd.There is nothing like team lacost or what ever.Let's ignore all these&focus on our struggle

Matsotsi - 11 April 2017

The opposition should not think there is any substance in the purported divisions within Zanu Pf.It's a ploy designed to deflate attention from the imploding economy while the party is restrategising for 2018.

Ngazvirehwe Sezvazviri - 11 April 2017

Divisions are there in zanu that is not a lie bcoz the party is now leaderless everyone is trying to be a leader bcoz the present leader is a moving grave any minute can kick the bucket due to old age . But that must not make opposition sit back start yawning and day dreaming they are in power just like what happened during the baba Jukwa days . Go to rural areas now tell people not to vote for zanu bcoz if they do that they will all die of hunger and poverty ,Now is the time opposition youth must go now to reserves preach the word of change tell pple there that zanu does not own them and that this is their country and can vote for anyone they like beside zanu . Everyone in reserves say voetek zanu hamba lendlala yako

Diibulaanyika - 11 April 2017

This dog kasukuwere should be kicked out. He coild also be killed nobody will complain

Benito - 16 April 2017

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