… MP/lawyer cites “conflict of interest”
PROMINENT lawyer, Jonathan Samkange has parted ways with former cabinet minister, Saviour Kasukuwere.
Samkange was representing Kasukuwere, who is facing four counts of abuse of office during his time when he was a minister of local government and also indigenisation.
In renouncing agency yesterday, Samkange cited conflict of interest in his duties as a Member of Parliament as well as tenets of Operation Restore Legacy of November last year.
“I have to make it known that I have renounced agency.
“There is conflict of interest in that in parliament we advocate zero tolerance to corruption and I can’t be seen to be defending corruption.
“I can’t be seen to be defending corruption in the morning in court and in the afternoon denouncing the same in the House of Assembly,” said Samkange.
He said Kasukuwere had since taken his file.
Asked why he was still representing Oscar Pambuka and Psychology Maziwisa, Samkange said there were differences in the cases.
“Those two are being charged for work they did not do for Zesa which is fraud.
“Their case is also different in that they were not declared enemies of the State.
“Kasukuwere was declared enemy of the State and it would not be proper to represent someone fighting Government efforts.
“He was among the criminals who were said to be surrounding former President Mugabe whereas Maziwisa and Pambuka were not declared criminals surrounding the former President.
“The two are still Zanu-PF members whereas Kasukuwere is no longer a member of the party,” Samkange said.
Samkange said as a nation that was moving to brighter days, he felt it prudent not to stand for corruption.
“I am a Member of Parliament representing Mudzi South so the people who entrusted me to represent them should see that I am zero tolerant to corruption just like other Members in the House,” he said.
Kasukuwere was recently acquitted on charges of illegally exiting the country and seeking refuge in Mozambique at the height of the military’s Operation Restore Legacy.
Saviour Kasukuwere is currently facing four counts of abuse of office and is on $3 000 bail.
As part of his bail conditions Kasukuwere was ordered to report twice a day at Borrowdale Police Station, to surrender his title deeds for a property in Inyanga and not to interfere with witnesses.
He was ordered to continue residing at his Helensvale home and surrender his passport with the clerk of court.