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Saviour thunders at Herald idiots, dares cabinet colleague

25/03/2017 00:00:00
by UK Bureau
 
Local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere
 
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LOCAL government minister Saviour Kasukuwere was seething with fury Friday as he attacked cabinet colleague Christopher Mushohwe and a government-owned, pro-Zanu PF daily newspaper.

As information minister, Mushohwe is in charge of state-controlled media organisations which include sole national broadcaster ZBC and Zimpapers which owns the Herald newspaper.

Said Kasukuwere who is also the ruling party’s national commissar: “I just want to make it very clear to you, Herald (newspaper). Stop being silly and idiotic. Stop this nonsense!

“I am saying to The Herald, get your house in order. You are not saints. You are not people who can threaten us. You are trying to split the party for your own purposes.

“Everybody is included. If you want me to include your minister, say it, I will also do it! If you want me to say Mushohwe, yes, all of you. I will take you on, all of you!”

Kasukuwere was speaking at a command agriculture field day in Mt Darwin which was attended by vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

His angry remarks followed a curious turn in the Zanu PF divisions as the Women’s League staged rushed protests around the country against Bulawayo provincial affairs minister Sandi Moyo and party activist Sarah Mahoka.

The pair face charges of undermining President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace who heads the Women’s League where she is deputised by Sandi Moyo.

State media reports claimed Kasukuwere had not only failed to support the protests but actively tried to thwart them.

That angered the local government minister who declared that he would not be forced out of the ruling party.

He declared: “I am not scared. I am not a pushover. I am not Joice Mujuru. Do you even think I am Joice Mujuru?

“No, I am not! So, I just want to make it very clear to you, Herald. You say Kasukuwere did not support what was happening . . . I put money. No. Stop this nonsense!”

He continued: “You (Herald) want to foment problems in the party, foment problems in the country. You are really now a source of security concern in this country.”

Kasukuwere reportedly fronts the so-called G40 faction which is claimed to include cabinet colleagues Jonathan Moyo and Patrick Zhuwao.

The group is thought to back Grace Mugabe as successor to her 93-year-old husband and Kasukuwere has previously led the organisation of the First Lady’s rallies around the country.



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But the alliance is thought to be floundering with Grace suddenly turning on Mahoka and Sandi Moyo, both key figures in the G40 faction.

Kasukuwere however denied any involvement in factionalism.

“I am not into factions. I am not going to allow a situation where you (Herald) undermine the sitting Head of State,” he charged.

“If somebody says Kasukuwere sabotaged this programme (protest) and here is evidence and that person stands up, where is that person?

“I am saying to The Herald, get your house in order. You are not saints. You are not people who can threaten us. You are trying to split the party for your own purposes.”


 
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