Call for Mnangagwa’s arrest as Kasukuwere picked up, charged with border jumping

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By Court Reporter

FORMER Local Government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, 47, has been arrested and was arraigned before Harare magistrate, Josephine Sande on Friday on allegations of skipping the borders.

He was charged for violating the Immigrations Act and was remanded to June 11 for his trial.

Kasukuwere was freed on $300 bail and was also ordered to report once a week at Borrowdale police station as part of his bail conditions.

His passport was forfeited as evidence which will be produced when the trial commences.

Kasukuwere’s arrest comes a week after more than six months in self-imposed exile.

He was picked up Friday morning for questioning before he was dragged to the courts.

The ex-minister is one of the G40 members that went into hiding following the coup in November last year, in which so called “criminals surrounding” former President Robert Mugabe were targeted.

According to court papers, on an unknown date but in November last year, Kasukuwere, who is a holder of a valid Zimbabwe Diplomatic passport, unlawfully exited the country using an unknown port.

He returned on May 22 this year via Robert Gabriel Mugabe International airport.

According to the state, an analysis on accused’s travel documents history showed that he entered the country on November 3 2017.

Further record shows that he again entered the country on May 22 using Robert Gabriel Mugabe international airport.

However there is no corresponding exit endorsement between November 3 and May 22.

Prosecuting, Francesca Mukumbiri said this shows that Kasukuwere did not use proper channels in exiting the country.

She said he had no authority to act in the manner he did.

Kasukuwere was represented by his attorney, Jonathan Samukange.

A handful of his sympathizers including former Zanu PF activist, Jim Kunaka, now aligned to New Patriotic Front (NPF), came in solidarity and started protesting outside the court calling for President Mnangagwa’a arrest saying he also did not follow procedures and escaped the country the same way November last year.

NPF, a new political party, is believed to have strong links to former President Robert Mugabe and the G40 faction, and is aimed at chewing into President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s support base ahead of this year’s general elections.

They vowed to come in their numbers on Kasukuwere’s next court appearance.