The Zanu-PF Presidium will make a determination on the fate of national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere following yesterday’s Politburo meeting which discussed a report submitted by the ad-hoc probe committee.
Speaking after the extra ordinary meeting in Harare, Zanu-PF spokesperson, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, said Cde Kasukuwere’s matter was now in the hands of the party’s Presidium which comprises President Mugabe and his two deputies Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko.
Cde Kasukuwere is accused of setting parallel structures in a bid to topple President Mugabe, fanning factionalism, corruption and abuse of office.
Said Cde Khaya Moyo:
“The report by the ad-hoc probe committee chaired by Cde Jacob Mudenda on the Mashonaland Central province petition was fully read to members of the Politburo page by page. There was extensive discussion of the report by members of the Politburo. The Presidium will digest the discussions and make the necessary pronouncement on the matter later.”
President Mugabe has declared state of disaster the horrific bus accident that killed 43 passengers and injured 33 others along the Harare-Chirundu highway on Wednesday night.
The declaration was announced by Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday. The President is in New York where he is attending the inaugural High-Level UN Conference on the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.
“This accident is indeed tragic and my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved. Arrangements are in place to assist the bereaved with mortuary services and burial support from both Government and the Insurance Council of Zimbabwe,” said Minister Kasukuwere.
The bus driver, who died on the spot, reportedly lost control of the vehicle at the 257km peg near Nyamakate shops at around 10pm on Wednesday. Survivors of the horrific crash accused the driver of speeding. The bus was Zambia-bound.
Suspended Prosecutor-General, Mr Johannes Tomana, was yesterday fired for misconduct and incompetence after a tribunal set by President Mugabe to probe him recommended his dismissal.
Permanent Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mrs Virginia Mabhiza announced in a General Notice 292 of 2017 published in the Government Gazette yesterday that President Mugabe had acted on the tribunal’s recommendations.
The decision by President Mugabe came after a disciplinary tribunal chaired by Retired High Court judge, Justice Moses Chinhengo, found Mr Tomana unsuitable to continue holding the esteemed office. Other members of the tribunal were University of Zimbabwe law lecturer Mr Emmanuel Magade and lawyer Ms Melania Matshiya.
Mr Tomana was last year suspended to allow the tribunal to hear and determine a litany of allegations against him, chief among them being a flagrant defiance of legitimate court orders.
The tribunal found him guilty before recommending his removal from office.
PRESIDENT Mugabe arrived here yesterday to attend the High-Level United Nations Conference on the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, commonly known as the Oceans Conference.
The SDGs are a set of development targets adopted by the UN to succeed the Millennium Development Goals that lapsed in 2015, and SDG 14 deals with the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources.
SDG14 thus dovetails with Zimbabwe’s development thrust as Government seeks the judicious exploitation of natural resources in a sustainable manner in addition to getting a fair deal on marine traffic as a landlocked country that depends on others for access to ports.
President Mugabe yesterday slammed factionalism in Zanu-PF, saying those interested in leadership positions should wait for Congress time where they can put up their names as required by the revolutionary party’s constitution.
The Zanu-PF First Secretary said divisions had reached unprecedented levels, with some party officials visiting sangomas or n’angas for them to land leadership posts.
President Mugabe made the remarks in Marondera while addressing his first provincial meeting with Zanu-PF youths ahead of the harmonised elections next year.
The meeting was attended by thousands of Zanu-PF members and the party’s affiliates.
President Mugabe said since the formation of the first liberation movement, the National Democratic Party in the 1950s, party leaders were elected on merit, without lobbying.
Zanu-PF First Secretary and President, Cde Mugabe’s meeting with youths in Mashonaland East Province has been moved from Saturday to Friday because the President will be having engagements elsewhere.
Zanu-PF Youth League secretary and Politburo member Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga yesterday confirmed the development.
Cde Chipanga said the meetings were now dubbed “Provincial Youth Interface Meetings”, as the youths would be afforded an opportunity to interact with the President. Cde Chipanga said preparations for the Marondera meeting had reached an advanced stage.
Mashonaland East Province has already held a provincial inter-district meeting in preparation of President Mugabe’s visit. President Mugabe is expected to visit other provinces, with the Manicaland meeting set for June 16.
From Manicaland, President Mugabe’s next destination would be Masvingo. Cde Chipanga said during the meetings, President Mugabe would have an appreciation of challenges facing youths.
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has reshuffled some permanent secretaries, with under-fire Mines and Mining Development secretary Francis Gudyanga reassigned to the Higher and Tertiary Education ministry. In a statement yesterday, the Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, said the reassignments were with immediate effect.
Gudyanga, who has been accused of running down the Mines ministry and been linked to several shady mining deals, replaces Machivenyika Mapuranga, who was moved to the Transport ministry.
Transport secretary Munesu Munodawafa, who has also been linked to shady deals at Air Zimbabwe, has been redeployed to the Mines ministry, while Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment secretary George Magosvongwe was reassigned to the Rural Development, Preservation of Culture and Heritage ministry.
Magosvongwe takes over from Thokozile Chitepo, who was reassigned to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry ministry, where she would replace Florence Nhekairo, who retired from the public service.
Desire Sibanda was moved from the Macro-Economic Planning and Promotion ministry to replace Magosvongwe in the Youth ministry. Sibanda was replaced by Judith Kateera, who was secretary in the Finance ministry (non-accounting).
Mugabe appointed Sibusisiwe Zembe as secretary for Women Affairs, taking over from Perpetua Gumbo, who has been moved to the Public Service Commission alongside Sport secretary Godfrey Chipare. Chipare will also double as a lecturer at the National Defence University.
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday reportedly cancelled the Zanu PF politburo meeting, initially scheduled for today, to entertain his guest, Lesotho’s King Letsie III, who is in the country on a four-day State visit.
Today’s meeting was expected to seal the fate of the party’s embattled political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere after all the party’s 10 provinces recently passed a vote of no-confidence in him.
Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo confirmed the cancellation, saying Mugabe had a busy schedule this week.
“Yes, the politburo has been postponed and all members are advised of the same. The President has a guest, so he has a busy schedule with the visiting King,” he said.
Mugabe is today set to leave for Victoria Falls to join the Lesotho monarch on a boat cruise in the Zambezi River.
President Mugabe is expected to officially launch the $1 billion Beitbridge-Harare and Harare-Chirundu highways dualisation project tomorrow, in a development likely to reduce carnage along one of Zimbabwe’s busiest roads.
The road will also boost trade on the continent, as well as unlock value for the country.
The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces will commission the official start of the dualisation project at a ground-breaking ceremony that will be held along the highway at Chaka business centre in Chirumhanzu.
Geiger International of Austria was contracted by Government to dualise the highway under a 25-year Build Operate and Transfer model.
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo yesterday confirmed that President Mugabe would officially launch the dualisation project tomorrow.
Dr Gumbo said preliminary indications were that the project was going to be completed within three years, with work expected to resume once President Mugabe officially launched it.
President Robert Mugabe’s nationwide rallies are set to begin in Marondera on May 20 as mobilising for support ahead of the 2018 elections start.
The Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial youth executive is scheduled to meet today in Harare to prepare for Mugabe’s first “meet the youths” tour, which will be held at Rudhaka Stadium.
The party’s national youth league boss Kudzai Chipanga and his executive members are expected to address today’s meeting.
Provincial youth league chairperson Kevin Mutsvairo confirmed today’s youth league meeting, saying the event was meant to “welcome” the veteran leader who will be in the province to meet the youths.
WAR veterans have warned President Robert Mugabe that he might go down together with his beleaguered Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere in next year’s general elections if he continues shielding the latter.
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya yesterday said the former fighters were unamused and accused Mugabe of protecting Kasukuwere in order to create a dynasty.
Mugabe last week sent a high-powered Zanu PF probe team to Bindura to investigate Kasukuwere after the party’s 10 provinces recently endorsed the call for his ouster for reportedly plotting to dethrone Mugabe, among other charges.
But war veterans said they suspected Mugabe just wanted to buy time and give Kasukuwere another chance to rebuild his battered political profile.
“We had expected the leadership of the party to act with speed because this is an issue we have been pushing for a long time. There is nothing
special about Kasukuwere. Nobody raised the issue of the constitution when we were expelled, but now they want to appear to be following the law,” Mahiya said.
“We can see through him (Mugabe). He wants an emasculated Kasukuwere, so he can use him in the creation of his dynasty. It is not going to work. They will both go down.”
Mahiya announced the war veterans would field a candidate to challenge Kasukuwere in his Mt Darwin South constituency next year.
THE committee tasked to probe allegations against Zanu-PF National Political Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere is compiling its report and expects to hand it over to the appointing authority, President Mugabe, sometime this week, a committee member has said. Zanu-PF national spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, who was part of the four-member probe team, yesterday said the decision lies with President Mugabe.
“The report will be given to the President because the committee looking into allegations against Kasukuwere is the President’s committee,” he said. “President Mugabe is the appointing authority. He will be given the report and will decide the next step,” he said.
Cde Khaya Moyo’s statements come in the wake of claims in some sections of the media that the fact-finding mission had exonerated Cde Kasukuwere inspite of the fact that 10 provinces raised petitions against him, all of which were for the attention of the Politburo, which is the secretariat of the Central Committee, Zanu-PF’s highest decision-making organ outside Congress.
Cde Kasukuwere is accused of presiding over the destruction of Zanu-PF, through setting up parallel structures with a view to deposing President Mugabe at an envisaged special Congress.
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