Kasukuwere ‘detention’ raises questions about EU-Zim relations

via Kasukuwere ‘detention’ raises questions about EU-Zim relations | SW Radio Africa by Alex Bell on Monday, November 18, 2013

The brief detention of ZANU PF Minister Saviour Kasukuwere in a German airport has raised many questions about the budding relationship between the European Union (EU) and Zimbabwe.

Kasukuwere, who has a controversial past littered with incidents of violence, was held for a few hours on Saturday morning after arriving at Munich International Airport from South Africa. The newly appointed Environment Minister in Robert Mugabe’s government was on route to Poland for the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention.

German police reportedly swooped on Kasukuwere shortly after landing on Saturday morning, after security checks flagged the Minister as an ‘undesirable element’. Narrating his experience, the Minister said he was detained in a small room for two and a half hours.

“As soon as we got into this room, they took away my passport and gave me some document saying I was supposed to be subjected to some security checks. The police details consulted with higher authorities and shuttled from one office to the other. I asked them what was the problem and they told me that their security system had alerted them that an undesirable element was about to enter into their country,” Kasukuwere said.

The Minister was eventually released and continued on his journey, and he even received an apologetic phone call from the German Ambassador to Zimbabwe.

Former diplomat and political analyst Clifford Mashiri said the situation is exemplary of the ‘cynical’ and ‘duplicit’ relationship the EU is fostering with Zimbabwe. He explained it is not surprising that Kasukuwere was flagged as ‘undesirable’, given his checkered past.

“As we know, since 2000, as records show, he was linked to a lot of violence and that violence part of him should still be known to the EU. It is surprising that the EU is softening its stance to the extent that they let him go ahead with his visit,” Mashiri said.

A dossier on ZANU PF violence published by SW Radio Africa last year, based on eyewitness accounts, detailed Kasukuwere’s violent past. The former Indigenisation Minister, according to the dossier, led and sponsored terror gangs that operated mainly in the Mashonaland Central province. He was also accused of being personally involved in the attacks on opposition supporters from 2000 to 2008.

On the 5th May 2008 for example he organized and ferried (using his lorry) a group of over 300 youths to Chaona, Mazowe. The youths beat up perceived opposition supporters, killing six and injuring dozens. Eight days later the same mob led by Kasukuwere went on another rampage, killing MDC-T supporters Fischer Chitese, Bright Mafuriro and Sairiro Kamufuto. On the 19th May the group struck again, killing activist Phanuel Mubaira.

On the 25th March 2000 Kasukuwere, then still a ZANU PF candidate for Mount Darwin Constituency, organised a 200 strong gang of youths and war vets at Madondo Hotel. Armed with a list of addresses of known MDC-T supporters they went door to door beating up their targets.

The dossier goes on to list many other incidents that the Minister was involved in. Mashiri said Monday that these cases and similar incidents of human rights abuse remain unresolved in Zimbabwe, but the EU is still forging ahead with renewing ties.

The EU earlier this year delisted the majority of ZNAU PF individuals named on its list of targeted restrictive measures, in a show of good faith for ‘progress’ achieved by the previous unity government. Despite not moving to accept the contested July election result, the European body also delisted the Zimbabwe Mining and Development Corporation (ZMDC) in September. That has paved the way for talks currently underway in Belgium for the two nations to begin trading in Zimbabwe’s diamonds.

Mashiri said the situation showed how ‘cynical’ the relationship between the countries is, with diplomacy being used as the scapegoat to set aside human rights concerns.

“We should hold the EU to account for its duplicity and its cynicism. We have to ask the EU if it is putting aside human rights to engage with Zimbabwe,” Mashiri said.



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    The problem here media control in particular SWA in UK, a UK funded terrorist/propaganda organization with no Zimbabwe authenticity.
    If a media organization setup beamed anti British government propagandas against Britain it would be considered terrorist/illegal and shut down.
    There are laid down British media regulations and accepted procedure/conduct. Not adherence brings parliamentary compliance except if its propaganda against foreign governments – What stops these journalists working for British media outlets and displaying the same behavior how may there be double standards like this.
    SWA should be closed down and those involved prosecuted.

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      Rudadiso 9 years ago

      John, during the war of liberation Zanu P.F. had a radio station in Mozambique which beamed to audiences in the then Rhodesia because Ian Smith would not allow independent radio stations in the country. Ian Smith called it a “terrorist” radio station.

      Following in the footsteps of Ian Smith, Mugabe has not allowed independent radio and TV stations to operate in the country. When you do that you end up with what you refer to as “terrorist” radio stations but which ordinary Zimbabweans love listening to. Its as simple as that, John.

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      Kevin Watson 9 years ago

      All you have written is uninformed illiterate drivel.

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    chilimanzi 9 years ago

    I think Jhon was under influence .

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    mark longhurst 9 years ago

    they should have sent him to the gulags

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    John is paid the bread crumbs which fall from his masters tables. Hope sweating squirming kasukuvere got a good deserved hiding. Heard he had to buy new underwear but all sizes were too small

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    Chara 9 years ago

    Its better you got the treatment from foreigners how about Zimbabweans getting the same treatment from their fellow Zimbabweans Kasukuwere being responsible.Thank you Germany for giving him a taste of his own medicine.

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    William Doctor 9 years ago

    They should have arrested him and put him on trial.

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    Rudadiso 9 years ago

    What EU-Zimbabwe relations? We looked east a decade ago!

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    Bambanani Sizwesakithi 9 years ago

    They should have stripped him naked and made him to jump while spreading his arms and showing is fat bottom, like they did to Komichi in Chikurubi maximum

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    Shebah 9 years ago

    What past violate involvement. Why was he never arrested, why were these deaths not reported and recorded

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    easily fooled 9 years ago

    John smoked crack before making comments, so worry not and dont be fooled easily by him

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    Bruce 9 years ago

    He should have been subjected to nice beating as they do to any undesirable element in Zimbabwe. Had it been that Kasukuwere was an undesirable element in Zimbabwe, right now he would be counting cost of bill of medical expenses from nice beating from the notorious CIO. Any ZANU PF guy any where in the world should be treated with no respect at all. Here back home Mugabe and partners respects no once except themselves. Next time lock and throw the key in the sea/ocean. The 29 MDC activist arrested for no offence stayed in prison/remand for more than a year. Some even died. So the same should happen to any ZANU PF guy to teach them to stop inhuman treatments of anyone who may not have similar ideology with them. Be it political or socially.

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    Mafuta 9 years ago

    An undesirable element. Bam!

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    If our President tells some of these countries to go to hell at international meetings what are our ministers doing in these countries where they face these so called “humiliations?” Why dont they just stay at home and enjoy their “milk and honey?” Just stay at home or go to China and other friendly countries of the East. Or Zanupf must swallow the bitter pill that is accept international definitions of justice, the rule of law, democracy and respect of human life and dignity. Undignified political clowns perpetually making merciless and violent threats to the unarmed populations attract these “embarrassing” treatments which are very pleasing to the oppressed. So there it goes with “gigantic” Kasukuwere!