By Robert Tapfumaneyi
EXILED former cabinet minister, Saviour Kasukuwere says the #Tysonwabantu movement unveiled last week was far from being a political party the ex-Zanu PF top official was forming.
Speaking in an interview with South Africa’s television station, SABC on Wednesday evening, Kasukuwere, affectionately called Tyson by his followers, said he was also caught by surprise.
A group of followers of the ex-legislator last week launched their TysonWabantu movement in Bulawayo with signs the once influential politician was gearing himself for a surprise comeback to Zimbabwean politics.
“This is a development which caught me by surprise, these are citizens of our country, some in the diaspora who feel that there is need to come together to persuade each other and say we need Kasukuwere to come back into leadership,” Kasukuwere said.
“In fact, when I looked at myself, I am somebody who has been in exile.
“I thought am now in the dust bin, but the people had different views and I think it’s something one has to look at and say here is an opportunity to lead.”
The former ruling party national political commissar said the movement was far from being a Zanu PF breakaway group.
“The movement from what I understand from the founders, is cutting across the political divide, (people) who are saying ‘how do we come together in the best interest of our country’,” he said.
“MDC, Zanu PF and various groups of people have the view that the division in our country needs to healed at some point.
“As a nation, there should be leadership that bring us together in spite of what may have happened but there must be that commitment to say we are going to be moving in one direction like what happened in the past.”
He added, “In Zimbabwe and in South Africa, after independence with President (Nelson) Mandela, President (Robert) Mugabe calling for unity, for reconciliation that was much more difficult, a system that was designed to eliminate the black population and they (white former rulers) stopped them (blacks) from assuming leadership of their country but there was that ability to bring people together in the interest of progress and development.”
The so-called “Tyson Wabantu Movement” last week conducted a mobilisation road show in the second largest city.
Kasukuwere, kingpin in the once powerful Zanu PF G40 faction, was first forced to skip the country when fierce party rival and now President Emmerson Mnangagwa muscled his way to the top job via a military coup November 2017.
His was back in the country after six months away but was forced to return into exile when corruption allegations were brought against him. He was later cleared of the alleged offences.
He denied he was a fugitive from justice but was living outside for fear of political persecution.
“I can’t go back to a house which was sprayed by bullets and no investigation had been done to this day,” he said.