Exiled former Zanu-PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere has advised MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa against repeated reliance on the courts to settle political problems upsetting the opposition party, encouraging him to allow the electorate to take charge.
“Politics is about the people and Nelson must take the game back to the people,” said Kasukuwere. “Let the people make decisions. It is about the people voting and the verdict will come from the people. “If they are to go to the by-elections and a determination is made by the people, it will make all those making those decisions think twice. As it stands, the people’s will and the people’s decision is being undermined on a daily basis.”
Kasukuwere also accused MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe of snatching the MDC Alliance using the courts following a considerable electoral defeat in 2018.
“Did people vote for Khupe? The answer is no, and for Khupe, to walk in and say I am now the president of this party, MDC Alliance, I think at a personal level, I wouldn’t take such a position because I know that I wouldn’t get 45 000 votes.” He said insinuating that Khupe was not popular with the electorate.
Khupe contested the 2018 Presidential elections under the MDC-T banner with the hope of becoming Zimbabwe’ next president and garnered a measly 45 000 votes against Chamisa who had over two million.
“I wouldn’t want to take an institution that somebody has built. We all know the game at play and at the end of the day, do you get the best results out of the courts or it is a political game?” Kasukuwere asked pretentiously. Chamisa’ party was left in chaos following a Supreme Court ruling in March that declared him an illegitimate leader of the opposition party, a move described as a plot by Zanu PF and Khupe to end his political career. The courts ruled Khupe as the interim president after which she recalled 84 councilors voted for under Chamisa as well as 21 MPs, apart from taking over the party’s Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House and recently the name MDC Alliance.
“I think people go to court for different reasons but in politics, you don’t need to go to court. You need to play in political courts where we continue to engage until you agree.
“You can’t take politics to court. When the judges are guarded by coup soldiers at home, do you think they will rule in your favour?” He said there was need for Zanu-PF to reform and get the military back in the barracks. “There is an armed Zanu-PF that does not have legitimacy. Zanu-PF is an idea and subscribes to people first and the (late former President Robert) Mugabe idea of empowerment. In its current state, it’s a no,” Kasukuwere said. “Is this the norm? We have raised a question to say, do you use guns to solve problems? Do you hire and fire using (military) tankers? When somebody is running for their lives, you are calling for a central committee meeting to say somebody has been fired. “Is that the way? If we do not challenge and question and put right what went wrong even in Zanu-PF, we are likely to see a repeat of that behaviour at national level and even as we go to 2023. If you institutionalise wrong behaviour from day one, it becomes a permanent feature.” He said Zimbabwe was in pain and the leadership should find a solution. On allegations made by Zanu-PF that he and his allies were defaming Zimbabwe, Kasukuwere said: “I am Zimbabwean and I don’t have to badmouth anyone. What I say here is what I will repeat anywhere else. I don’t have to badmouth my country. MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said her party was considering employing all means necessary
“We will fight this battle using all tools available to us. There are no short stories in politics. What’s indisputable is that political power lies in the people,” she said.
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