Exiled former ZANU PF political commissar Saviour “Tyson” Kasukuwere has denied claims by the Government of Zimbabwe that he is behind “rumours” of an imminent military coup.
In his statement issued on June 15th, Kasukuwere said as a victim of the November 2017 coup himself, he would never attempt or conspire to carry out a coup of any sort.
Below is Kasukuwere’s statement in full:
I make this statement in response to the allegations contained in a press statement released by the Government of Zimbabwe, as read by Minister of Home Affairs Kazembe Kazembe on Wednesday 10 June 2020.
The allegations are that myself, along with other individuals are peddling rumours on an alleged coup plot.
This is laughable and I deny this unfounded allegation levelled against me and dismiss it with the contempt it deserves.
I am a firm believer in constitutionalism and would never attempt or conspire to carry out a coup of any sort.
I myself, am a victim of the November 2017 coup and retain the scars of this horrific event.
Our nation has greater challenges that behove us all to rise beyond narrow interests and place the collective security and survival of our people at the centre of governance.
Threats and efforts to eliminate those viewed as adversaries to the powers that be are unfortunate and should have no place in a democratic Zimbabwe.
The nation faces a plethora of difficulties that require a united front in order to secure the collective interests of the people of Zimbabwe.
The challenges are not insurmountable and I am a Zimbabwean who desires to see the best for our nation and her people.