Kasukuwere could survive ouster

HARARE - Zanu PF structures are sharply divided over calls for the expulsion of the party’s national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

Following recent demonstrations in Mashonaland Central, Masvingo and Midlands provinces against Kasukuwere and his half-brother Dickson Mafios over a slew of charges, including seeking to topple President Robert Mugabe, fanning factionalism, setting up parallel structures, and insulting and disrespecting the party’s leadership; Mashonaland East, West and Manicaland have refused to join the push for the political commissar’s ouster.

Mashonaland East provincial chairperson Bernard Makokove told the Daily News yesterday that his executive is not considering writing an anti-Kasukuwere petition.

“The province is not doing anything close to that because we are not sure what it is all about. We have not even called a Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting to deliberate on that although we will most likely meet after the Easter Holiday for our routine indaba but not necessarily to discuss that,” Makokove said.

While Manicaland chairperson Samuel Undenge was not immediately available for a comment, sources in the provincial executive told the Daily News that allies of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa had made an unsuccessful attempt to fund an anti-Kasukuwere demonstration on Monday.

“About $5 000 had been mobilised by (name withheld) and handed to (a central committee member) for a demonstration against Tyson but they could not gather enough people so the plan was abandoned prematurely.

“Team Lacoste is behind all this and they hope to succeed the same way the women’s league dealt with (Eunice) Sandi Moyo and (Sarah) Mahoka but their success largely depends on whether they can convince the president,” the source said.

Kasukuwere’s situation, the sources added, is being complicated by the fact that the call for his ouster is louder in his Mashonaland Central home province than anywhere else.

“If he can manage to silence his province, then his chances of survival are bright but with the current chaos that has seen parallel structures emerging, the going could get even tougher for him. What is clear is that at the moment, his province does not like him and they will not likely relent”.

Zanu PF Muzarabani South MP Christopher Chitindi told the Daily News yesterday that the province has since written and submitted its petition to the national leadership.

“The party constitution is very clear that when people demonstrate against a leader, it’s a vote of no confidence. This is not the first time this has happened because it did happen to me and others and we obliged, so why can’t they (Kasukuwere and Mafios) do the same?

“Today, (yesterday) we are having an inter-district meeting to inform the structures about the situation, but they have created their own parallel structures and that is not good. They must listen to the people if they are genuine Zanu PF members,” Chitindi said.

Chitindi along with  Nicholas Goche (Shamva North), Remegio Matangira (Bindura South), Joseph Mapiki (Shamva South), Douglas Karoro (Mbire), Walter Kanhanga (Guruve North), Kazembe Kazembe (Mazowe West), Kenneth Musanhi (Bindura South), Monica Mavhunga (Senator Bindura/Shamva) and Fortune Chasi (Mazowe South) attended the anti-Kasukuwere demonstration that was held in Bindura last month.

Comments (1)

kasukuwere ,you are still very young in politics. the person you wanted to fight against is to experienced for you

chahototo - 14 April 2017

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