Former Local Government Minister and G40 kingpin Saviour Kasukuwere was arrested on Monday after turning himself over to police in the company of his lawyer, Jonathan Samukange.
It was not immediately clear what charges he faces, although it has been speculated that investigators want to link him to an alleged assassination attempt on President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Kasukuwere left Zimbabwe on June 25, two days after a bomb exploded at Bulawayo’s White City Stadium during a Zanu PF rally. Mnangagwa later claimed it was an assassination attempt, but a multi-agency investigation has so far failed to crack the case.
Police went to Kasukuwere’s home in early July but found him gone. His extended absence fueled rumours he was fleeing criminal charges.
Kasukuwere left Zimbabwe through an undesignated exit point after the military staged a coup against former President Robert Mugabe on November 15 last year. He returned in May this year, saying he was retired from politics and wanted to concentrate on farming and his businesses.
He was charged with immigration offences but was acquitted after persuading a magistrate that his life was in danger after soldiers open fire on his home while he was inside with his family and the former Higher Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo.
But a month later, he had left again – only returning on Sunday. Sources told ZimLive his mother was gravely ill, which had forced him to return home.