Dark clouds hang over Kasukuwere

HARARE - Dark clouds are hanging over embattled Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere after Mashonaland Central provincial affairs minister Martin Dinha yesterday ominously warned that his political career was “finished” despite the party having not yet decided on allegations raised against him by its provincial leaders.

Dinha, who has consistently claimed he is close to the First Family, described Kasukuwere as a “lame duck” who tried unsuccessfully to usurp power from President Robert Mugabe through the Generation 40 (G40) faction.

Zanu PF insiders have claimed that Kasukuwere and Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo are two of the kingpins of the G40 faction which is fiercely opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.

Both ministers have repeatedly batted away these claims.

Yesterday, Dinha told the Daily News that Kasukuwere had reached his “best before” date in Zanu PF and was now only surviving on the goodwill of Mugabe.

“Apera uyo (he is finished) he has always been coming for me, remember they even wanted me behind bars ...pandiri ndopaachaperera. Angova chidhadha chisisina manhenga, (he is finished politically and is now just a plucked duck).

“Tyson is now on the ropes. We have finished him, now people know that the owl has no horns.

“The hunter is now the hunted, his networks have been exposed and politically, he is battered. He is now at the mercy of baba naamai (Mugabe and Grace) whom he was gradually undermining and whose power he was usurping, creating his own power base. He is under pressure,” Dinha said.

“He is used to be the one throwing missiles at others. Strategic objective number one was attained which was to expose G40 and put in check the destructive ambitions of this cabal.

“Now they are running naked and scared and exposed. Secondly we have re -asserted the centre of authority where it should be- kwa baba naamai (first family).

“He is no longer a threat to the throne or even a contender for the coveted seat because he is disgraced and has been rejected by the mainstream Zanu PF,” added Dinha, without holding anything back.

Kasukuwere yesterday told the Daily News, after officiating at an event held at his offices that he was not going to comment on claims made by Dinha.

“Dinha, no, I am not entertaining that,” he said before walking away.

Dinha and Kasukuwere’s rows have escalated ever since the Local Government minister was put on political notice in April by irate party supporters who want him jettisoned from his influential post over a slew of allegations which include untested claims of wanting to topple Mugabe.

Kasukuwere has denied all the charges levelled against him — maintaining that he holds unquestionable loyalty to Mugabe and his influential wife, Grace.

He accuses a rival faction, Team Lacoste, of trying to engineer his downfall through these accusations which he says are trumped up.

Team Lacoste has previously accused Kasukuwere of purging its officials in the party restructuring allegedly to further his own interests.

Two months ago, he suffered the surprising spectacle of witnessing demonstrations against him in his Mashonaland Central home province, as angry supporters demanded, among other things, that the party recalls him on bizarre charges of attempting to unseat Mugabe.

Since then he has been fighting to save his political career, with his Zanu PF enemies pushing for his ouster from both his party and government positions.

Also under fire has been his brother Dickson Mafios, who is the acting Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland Central.

Kasukuwere’s fate was set to be decided at last month’s postponed politburo meeting, after a probe team appointed by Mugabe to investigate allegations against him had completed its work.

Insiders have also previously told the Daily News that Kasukuwere’s party rivals are “systematically working for his demise” — in the same manner former Vice President Joice Mujuru was chased out of the warring former liberation movement in 2014.

The latest row between Kasukuwere and Dinha comes as Mugabe is scheduled to hold a big rally in Marondera today as part of his nationwide tour of provinces in preparation for next year’s watershed elections.

However, sources have said the increasingly frail nonagenarian would also use all his forthcoming rallies “to deal with internal dissent” — as part of stamping his authority on the continuing mindless bloodletting by his lieutenants.

Political analysts yesterday told the Daily News that it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that Kasukuwere was going to be jettisoned from his post of political commissar.

“It appears that Martin Dinha thinks his proximity to Amai Mugabe, whom he offered land in Mash Central Province including the controversial Arnold farm, gives him some authority to write an obituary on Kasukuwere's political career.

“But he is clearly mistaken, Zanu PF is far more complex that Dinha imagines. Even with provinces passing resolutions on Kasukuwere to go, it is Mugabe who has the final word.

“Without Mugabe's approval nothing will happen to Kasukuwere and, as elections approach Mugabe will want to keep the party together and act only after elections in 2018,” political analyst, Dewa Mavhinga, told the Daily News.

The G40 faction has for some time now been described as being “at sixes and sevens”, following the growing pressure that has been brought to bear on its leading figures.

Sources have also previously told the Daily News that Zanu PF’s ever-fluid factional and succession politics were changing gear again, as there was now an apparent realignment of alliances within the warring former liberation movement — as Mnangagwa’s allies cranked up their assault on the G40.

Mugabe’s failure to resolve Zanu PF's thorny succession riddle is fuelling the ruling party's deadly infighting, which is worsening by the day.

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.

Comments (5)

This Dinha mushoro wake chidhina chaicho, no brains at all. Instead of sitting on the fence he jumped into the fire. The war vets do not like him and he was a Mujuru supporter who survuved by a whisker and now he is landing himself into the dark world where he can not even see where he is going. He is a bootlicker and a headless chicken being used by dark forces. Very soon his 10.000.00 bribe case will be taken out of the fridge.

truths - 2 June 2017

I think Kasukuwere is liked by Mugabe and his wife. If that was not the case he would have been relieved of his duties by now.

Ben Maricho - 2 June 2017

Wake up zimbos this is a trap just for i to focus on these fake fighting kuitira kuti vabire ma votes.These people are dinning together.Lets just ignore them otherwise we will wake up tomorrow just to discover that there was no such thing.This is zanu let's not forget that.Remember bhora musango.

Matsotsi - 2 June 2017

I might be wrong but I think Dinha is a big dreamer, I doubt his intelligence, I don't know how he became an advocate , he seems to lack common sense and can not see well. It is clear that when all is said and done after the elections, he will be dumped and the vultures will finish him off

Tariro Shumba - 3 June 2017

Cdes ,i know Dinha from Uz as a student leader and later as a lawyer ,He is sharp ,wise ,cunning & shrewd but humble &kind. From attempted assassinations to trumped up criminal charges,He has survived all,,Chris Kuruneri and James Makamba were fucked by Tyson & -Boarder Gezi ,Manyika & Masawi killed .All from Mash Central, .Tyson is a crook ,evil & a murderer who butchered many innocent opposition &"Mdc activist in MashCentral &Zim. .Dinha owes nothing to Tyson ,his political rise has been solely at the behest of the Mugabes thus why from 2008 he has been appointed (like Dr Made ) as non Constituency MP! Imagine he held no position at all in Zanu Pf coz Tyson blocked him.He is loved even in the last Bye -Election when MP Edgar Chidavaenzi died he was literally handpicked and imposed not by Kasukuwere but by the President himself and Kasukuwere was instructed to make sure he wins and he did so grudgingly ,Imagine he still holds the appointed non Constituency seat which many had thought will be given to former Rbz Governor Gono or Mafios Dickson Tyson's bastard brother and who they planned would substitute Dinha as Minister of State /Governor for Mash Central Province.Cdes this character known as Dinha knows what he is doing and by taking Saviour Kasukuwere(Tyson) headon he has made history,the Goliath versus the little David kkkkk Tyson S k a self proclaimed Mafia Boss and Thug and G40 kingpin ! Dinha has shown his mantle. . Dinha is good & will sail thru 2018 easily , ,After all the man is educated and has a profession and assets and is young and i repeat sharp. He is a celebrated lawyer and unlike Kasukuwere he is not desperate for a job ,he can quit politics today and make it in business or academics! what of this 2nd year night school dull law student whose businesses empire all crumbled and who survives on politics ,,i am entertaining a theory that he has instructìons from above !

Cde Chimurenga 4 - 4 June 2017

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