Kasukuwere to know fate

Source: Kasukuwere to know fate | The Herald June 21, 2017

Felex Share and Tendai Mugabe—
Embattled zanu-pf national commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere will know his fate today when the revolutionary party’s Politburo meets to finalise his matter after he was rejected by nine of the country’s 10 provinces. The special Politburo is convening specifically to deal with Cde Kasukuwere’s matter after a similar meeting failed to finalise his case last week. This was after the probe team appointed by President Mugabe to look into allegations levelled against the national commissar tabled its report.

The probe team found Cde Kasukuwere guilty of some of the charges raised in a petition submitted to the party leadership by his home province, Mashonaland Central.

Cde Kasukuwere is likely not to be part of todays’ proceedings as he was last week told to excuse himself when his matter was being discussed.

Zanu-PF secretary for administration Cde Ignatius Chombo, yesterday confirmed today’s meeting.

“Yes there will be a Politburo meeting on Wednesday at the usual venue (Zanu-PF headquarters) and time,” he said. “We expect all members to be seated by 10 am.”

The probe team, which compiled Cde Kasukuwere’s report was led by Advocate Jacob Mudenda and its other members were Cdes Simon Khaya Moyo, Tsitsi Muzenda and Xavier Kazizi.

Cde Kasukuwere stands accused of setting up parallel structures in a bid to topple President Mugabe, who is the Zanu-PF First Secretary.

He was being accused of fanning factionalism in provinces, corruption and abuse of office among other charges.

According to the probe team report, on factionalism, it was noted that Cde Kasukuwere was creating shadow Members of Parliament in some constituencies with sitting legislators.

Although the reasons for the creation of the shadow MPs were not explained, it is widely believed that they were part of Cde Kasukuwere’s larger plot to topple President Mugabe by planting people loyal to him in key positions.

Further, the team also concluded that the province had lost confidence in the leadership of Cdes Kasukuwere, Dickson Mafios (acting provincial chairman) and Wonder Mashange (provincial secretary for administration).

It also emerged that Cde Kasukuwere was excessively interfering with operations of the province as he was a signatory to the party’s provincial account.

This is despite the fact that he is not provincial member.

“It is the finding of the committee that there are two contending groups as bolstered by the creation of shadow members of Parliament against some sitting MPs and a sitting Senator may of necessity create divisions and factions in the province,” reads the report.

“It is the finding of the committee that the petition expressed loss of confidence in the leadership of the three accused persons by bringing the name of the party into disrepute, but more importantly, that the underlying reference to the parallel structures and fanning of factionalism were intended to topple the elected President and the First Secretary of Zanu-PF Cde R.G Mugabe.”

On corruption, the report said: “The committee noted that the national political commissar Cde S. Kasukuwere, was ostensibly the principal signatory to the provincial party account at the exclusion of the provincial secretary for finance, which is a gross abuse of authority by a national political leader.

“It is the finding of the committee that there are serious competing mining interests as exemplified in Mukaradzi and Kitsiyatota mining claims, which led to the victimisation of the Women’s League members and more pronounced against Cde (Remegio) Matangira, whose case was referred to His Excellency, the President for intervention. The competing mining interests have spilled into the courts whereby the Women’s League formed a Women’s Mining Trust, which has approached the High Court under case number HC/1673/17 reference 12100/2016. Cde Matangira whose mining property has been destroyed to the tune of $600 000, has approached the Constitutional Court to claim his mining rights under case number CCZ36/16.”

The committee noted the corrupt leadership of Cdes Mafios and Mashange at provincial level.

“The committee noted that the leadership of acting chairman D.I Mafios and the provincial secretary for administration Cde W. Mashange leaves a lot to be desired in the terms of the shambolic state of administrative and financial records as well as party assets,” reads the report.

“This is revealed by the unauthorised sale of a party vehicle, unaccounted funds from the sale of party cards and data forms as well as the abuse of donated funds and building materials. Arising from the lack of prudential upkeep of provincial bank account as demonstrated in the role of the national commissar Cde S. Kasukuwere and the abuse of office by the acting provincial chairman Cde D.I Mafios and provincial secretary for administration Cde W. Mashange as stated above, is indicative of dictatorial leadership by the accused.”

The committee affirmed that 11 allegations against Cde Kasukuwere and his two accomplices were elaborated in the verbatim report as submissions by members of the Provincial Coordinating Committee during the probe in compliance with the first term of reference which states that the committee had to ensure members in attendance are legitimate members of the Mashonaland Central Provincial Coordinating Committee.