CHAMISA SPEAKS OUT: Opposition leader breaks silence on backing Kasukuwere’s election bid

Ex police boss Augustine Chihuri, Ex army boss General (Rtd) Constantino Chiwenga and ex Zanu PF Commissar Saviour Tyson Kasukuwere

CHAMISA SNUB: CCC leader fumes as ‘customer’ Kasukuwere barred from election he hoped to ‘wipe out’

CCC President Nelson Chamisa has slammed the court ruling barring exiled former minister Saviour Kasukuwere from running for president in the August election.

Speaking to supporters at a rally in Gweru, Chamisa said he had hoped to “wipe out” both Kasukuwere and President Emmerson Mnangagwa in one go.

Chamisa said: “I wanted them to unite so that I could damage them as a united front, at one go. These are customers I was left with by Mugabe.”

Kasukuwere filed his nomination papers but was barred for not living in Zimbabwe for 18 months prior. He has challenged the ruling in the Supreme Court.

If successful, he will be added to the electoral roll of 10 presidential candidates.

Chamisa is confident of victory, building on his narrow 2018 loss. He declared: “We want all council and parliamentary seats, we want a whitewash. This time I want to see how Mnangagwa will rig the election because I am ready.”

Kasukuwere has tried to distance himself from his role as Zanu PF’s brutal enforcer, avoiding mention of silencing dissent under Mugabe. He fled into exile along with others in G40 after the 2017 coup.

Chamisa’s fury at being denied the chance to “wipe out” both Mnangagwa and Kasukuwere shows he sees the former minister not as a threat and analysts believe Kasukuwere remains a long shot.

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