Kasukuwere eyes Zanu PF return, but Zanu PF says door shut on him

HARARE – Exiled former Zanu PF political commissar and minister Saviour Kasukuwere is eyeing a return to the party, almost three years after he was expelled following a military coup which collapsed the government of the late president Robert Mugabe.

Kasukuwere, now living in South Africa, is still bitter about a leadership change in November 2017 in which the military decisively influenced Zanu PF’s succession politics as Mugabe’s former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa took over.

“I remain a card-carrying member of the party until due process is carried out in line with the party’s constitution. I remain committed to the unity of the party, which is key to sustainable national development,” Kasukuwere wrote on Twitter on Thursday, a day after Zanu PF’s acting spokesman revealed that he was seeking re-admission into the party.

The former Mt Darwin MP added: “The cause of our national crisis is to deal with lack of constitutionalism at a party level which has manifested itself at a national level. Once constitutionality within the party is fixed, it will cascade to the national level.”

Zanu PF acting spokesman Patrick Chinamasa said Kasukuwere and his brothers Tongai and Dickson Mafios had made a bid for readmission, labelling them hypocrites for doing so while allegedly undermining Mnangagwa’s regime.

“There are some G-40 members who come and say they want to be readmitted, but go and work against the party,” Chinamasa said referring to a group of Mugabe’s loyalists known as Generation 40. “One such comrade is Saviour Kasukuwere and his brothers who in the dead of the night are planning to undermine the Zanu PF government and during the daylight they say they want to be readmitted to the party. We don’t allow such hypocrisy.”

Kasukuwere fired back at Chinamasa, accusing him of being “dishonest” without elaborating.

“We met the ANC. The deliberations and discussions remain privileged until the process is over,” Kasukuwere said of a meeting he recently attended with South Africa’s ruling party in the company of former ministers Walter Mzembi and Patrick Zhuwao.

“The assault on the young generation must come to an end where political contestation is free, fair and credible. We must remove fear, hate, favour and patronage. Politics must always lead the gun. Vision, ideology and direction must be central to our total emancipation.”

Jonathan Moyo, another influential figure during Mugabe’s final years, took to Twitter on Thursday to distance himself from Kasukuwere’s bid to rejoin Zanu PF.

“I respect freedom of association as an inalienable natural, human and constitutional right,” Moyo said in reference to Kasukuwere, adding: “I’m done with ZanuPF. Pasi nayo! (Down with it!).”-zimlive