Wanted by police, Kasukuwere mounts botched bid to oust ED Mnangagwa from power


Saviour Kasukuwere’s attempt to run for president of Zimbabwe has been crushed after the High Court ruled he was ineligible due to living in exile for years.

The self-exiled former minister – once a feared enforcer in Robert Mugabe’s brutal Zanu PF party – fled the country during the 2017 coup that installed Emmerson Mnangagwa as president.

But Kasukuwere’s bid for a political comeback was sunk by a challenge from a Zanu PF member who argued he had not lived in Zimbabwe for the required 18 months to run for president.

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The court ruled Kasukuwere – known as “Tyson” for his strong-arm tactics – failed to provide evidence he had only left on “temporary medical grounds” as claimed.

Now undaunted Kasukuwere’s lawyer has filed an appeal, declaring: “Saviour Kasukuwere is still on the ballot!”

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But observers say Kasukuwere – wanted by police over pending cases – faces an uphill battle overturning the ruling and poses little threat to Mnangagwa despite Zanu PF’s panic at the prospect of vote-splitting.

The bungled attempt to nab power suggests Kasukuwere has been away from Zimbabwe’s cutthroat politics for too long – and his glory days as a feared enforcer in Mugabe’s ruthless regime are well and truly over.

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