THE pressure to remove embattled Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere from his position is being exerted by Vice-President Mnangagwa’s faction, not First Lady Grace Mugabe, officials in the G40 faction have told the Zimbabwe Independent.
This comes as Kasukuwere yersterday said he was not going to be pushed out “Hayatou-style” by his rivals whom he accused of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe in the same way Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou was removed by Madagascar soccer chief Ahmad Ahmad and local football boss Phillip Chiyangwa.
Kasukuwere has been accused of plotting to topple Mugabe, prompting some provinces to call for his ouster from the party.
Sources from Grace’s G40 faction who spoke to this paper claim that rivals from the Mnangagwa faction want to prove that they are in control of Zanu PF and internal processes, hence they want to replace Kasukuwere with the camp’s own national commissar while clearing the path for Mnangagwa to take over from Mugabe.
Kasukuwere has denied allegations that he wants to be Mugabe’s successor, pledging loyalty to the president and Grace.
“In my capacity as the National Political Commissar, I wish to reaffirm my total and unequivocal loyalty to His Excellency, the President and First Secretary of Zanu PF, the Party and the Zanu PF principle of one centre of power,” Kasukuwere said in a statement yesterday.
“I further wish to correct some unfounded, misguided and malicious allegations that have been made recklessly to the effect that I seek to topple and unseat the President of Zimbabwe and First Secretary of Zanu PF R.G Mugabe.”
Kasukuwere said the allegations that he wants to unseat Mugabe were fabricated and he believes they are a total invention by his opponents who want to subvert the principle of “one centre of power”.
“My mandate as the national political commissar is to defend the party and uphold the Constitution of the Party which constitution has been violated by the lawlessness exhibited in the nonsensical communications arising out of irregular purported meetings of the improperly constituted gatherings of certain groupings at provinces,” Kasukuwere said.
“The political shenanigans by the successionists commenced soon after Congress 2014 upon my appointment as the national political commissar, a position desired as strategic to their goal of establishing an alternative centre of power.
“It is a matter of public record that from day one there has been vocal disapproval to my appointment which has now escalated in the current discourse characterised by the groundless allegations.
“The charade by those intent on usurping power from the appointing authority disguised as an attack on my person is now being championed by well-known recalcitrant political charlatans and opportunists who are pursuing parochial objectives with the support of greedy land barons by peddling defamatory lies on my conduct in the party and government.”