Exiled former cabinet minister Saviour Kasukuwere is reportedly itching to make a comeback through sweet-talking and coaxing his perceived longtime rival President Emmerson Mnangagwa into accepting him back into the ruling party Zanu-PF.
Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa revealed the secret in a heart-to-heart leaked audio conversation with business tycoon Kudakwashe Tagwirei which has since gone viral by what many have described as an ‘intentional and targeted leak’.
Mliswa, has maintained his links with the ruling Zanu-PF despite him being an independent legislator after falling off the wagon a few years back. He seem to be having the charm to connect the worst of enemies as he universally interacts best with both extreme sides of Zimbabwe politics.
G40 became unpopular after November 2017 following the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe by his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa through the assistance of the military led by the now Vice President Chiwenga.
Some politicians including Saviour Kasukuwere who were sacked out of the ruling party were making overtures to rejoin the party, in the process sidelining G40 kingpin Prof Jonathan Moyo.
Kasukuwere with other self-exiled G40 members, Walter Mzembi and Patrick Zhuwao are in South Africa while Proffessor Jonathan Moyo is exiled in Kenya.
According to Themba Mliswa in conversation with Kuda Tagwireyi, Kasukuwere had confided in him that he has always wanted to work with Mnangagwa.
“Kasukuwere called me yesterday and do you know what he said? ‘I wanted to work nemukoma wako (your brother) Temba but show me who his people are in his cabinet. He (Mnangagwa) even dumped (Patrick) Chinamasa. The only people he has are Oppah (Muchinguri), (Constantino) Chiwenga and Kembo (Mohadi), otherwise the rest (are not his people).”
From the conversation, it sounds like Kasukuwere is worried about ED being surrounded by pretenders and people without the revolutionary party’s history and ideologies.
“’Yourself Temba supported Lacoste but none of the current ministers supported Lacoste. So how do you then appoint people who don’t follow party policy because the point of appointment is first of all they have to come from the party’…It was a good question I could not answer,” Mliswa said on his conversation with the former Zanu-PF political commissar.
Meanwhile in the corridors, reports say that former ministers Makhosini Hlongwane and Anastancia Ndlovu have also approached the ruling party seeking readmission.Hlongwane and Ndlovu are perceived members of the G40, a group expelled from ZANUPF and recalled from parliament for closely working with the former First Lady Grace Mugabe who had a not so hidden ambition to become Zimbabwe’s next president after her husband, longtime ruler and dictator RG Mugabe.
ZANU-PF Midlands chairperson Daniel Mackenzie Ncube confirmed that two former Ministers in the midlands province were among former party members who have re-applied to be re-admitted into Zanu-PF
“We have applications from former ministers. We have got applications from Makhosini Hlongwane and Tapiwa Matangaidze. We will be sitting down to make our decision on them.”
The provincial chairperson said people who want to join or re-join the party were most welcome after thorough vetting.
“But they will have to be properly vetted and most likely they will start at the bottom of the rank,”said Mackenzie Ncube.
“They will be observed over time to ensure that they are now compliant in everything
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADCNews Correspondent