Saviour Kasukuwere’s dream of an election comeback and presidential bid have been left in tatters after the Supreme Court upheld a ruling blocking his nomination.
Kasukuwere, once a powerful ZANU PF faction leader nicknamed ‘Tyson’, had been planning an ambitious vote-swing operation after five years in self-imposed exile.
But the High Court ruled last month that Kasukuwere failed to meet residency requirements to be a candidate, forcing him to scramble an expensive legal fightback.
Insiders say Kasukuwere had already poured “a king’s ransom” into billboards, rallies and teams of strategists ahead of the August vote.
A clearly disappointed Kasukuwere tweeted: “Disappointed, and we are now considering our next steps and will keep the nation informed. God bless.”
Disappointed, and we are now considering our next steps and will keep the nation informed.
— Saviour Kasukuwere (@Hon_Kasukuwere) July 28, 2023
Political sources suggest Kasukuwere’s years outside Zimbabwe left him with few allies inside the country, hampering his legal efforts.
Kasukuwere is not alone – LEAD party’s Linda Musarira who failed to raise nomination fees on time also suffered a huge blow after her court application was thrown out.