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Kasukuwere says coup plot allegations ‘laughable’

EXILED former local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere has distanced himself from widespread allegations of an imminent military coup.

Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe told the nation that Kasukuwere, known as Tyson during his time in Zanu-PF, who skipped the country in 2018 after facing criminal abuse of office charges, was among the people behind the said coup.

However, Kasukuwere has torpedoed that accusation.

“I make this statement in response to the allegations contained in a press statement released by the government of Zimbabwe, as read by Minister of Home Affairs, Kazembe Kazembe on Wednesday 10 June 2020.

“The allegations are that myself, along with other individuals are peddling rumours on an alleged coup plot,” said the former Zanu PF national political commissar, who held different ministerial posts under former president Robert Mugabe.

“This is laughable and I deny this unfounded allegation levelled against me and dismiss it with the contempt it deserves,” said Kasukuwere in a statement he posted to his Twitter account. 

The tough-talking former member of parliament for Mount Darwin south said he was a firm believer in constitutionalism who did not have plans of seizing power from the Harare government.

“I am a firm believer in constitutionalism and would never attempt or conspire to carry out a coup of any sort,” said Kasukuwere, popularly referred to as “Tyson” by his followers.

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“I, myself, am a victim of the November 2017 coup and retain the scars of this horrific event.”

Kasukuwere, who previously held the position of minister of youth development, indigenisation and empowerment, said Zimbabwe was besieged by a multitude of challenges that needed all protagonists in the small southern African nation to rise beyond narrow interests.

“Our nation has greater challenges that behove us all to rise beyond narrow interests and place the collective security and survival of our people at the centre of governance.

“Threats and efforts to eliminate those viewed as adversaries to the powers that be are unfortunate and should have no place in a democratic Zimbabwe,” said Kasukuwere.

“The nation faces a plethora of difficulties that require a united front in order to secure the collective interests of the people of Zimbabwe. The challenges are not insurmountable and I am a Zimbabwean who desires to see the best for our nation and her people.”

Last week, state security agents interrogated Kasukuwere’s brother, on the day the government led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa claimed there were people spreading rumours of an imminent coup last week.

Dickson Mafios, a former Zanu-PF Provincial Chairperson for Mashonaland Central, was arrested as he left Harare Polytechnic alongside former Rushinga parliamentarian Wonder Mashange, where they were in Covid-19 quarantine after a recent trip to South Africa.

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The two, who are members of the opposition National Patriotic Front, made up largely of G40 members that were targeted during the coup against former president Robert Mugabe.

The two were taken to Harare police’s law and order section, and later transferred Braeside Police Station “after the police allegedly said they had nothing to do with their arrest”.

At Braeside, they were reportedly grilled by CIO agents who wanted to know why they were in South Africa, and what they were “plotting” with Kasukuwere.

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