By Dylan Murambgi
Harare, September 13, 2016 – THE current siege against Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere continues after a group of concerned citizens Tuesday demanded the under-fire Zanu PF political commissar’s ouster over corruption.
Kasukuwere was last week confronted by President Robert Mugabe over the sale of housing stands reserved for Zanu PF youths which the fromer had reportedly sold to Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder, Prophet Walter Magaya and some top party officials.
The revelations put Kasukuwere in a line of fire from citizens who have intensified their demands for his arrest and ouster.
Firebrand social and economic rights activist Stern Zvorwadza on Monday tried to petition police in Harare to arrest Kasukuwere for corruption.
Similarly, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Citizen Task Force (ZACCT) on Tuesday also demanded action against the embattled Mount Darwin South MP.
ZACCT spokesperson, Esther Chirinda told journalists in Harare her organisation was preparing to petition President Mugabe, together with the country’s two commissions in charge of anti-corruption and human rights over the minister’s corrupt tendencies.
“Be advised that we have notified the police of our intention to draw the attention of Zimbabweans to this scourge and will hunt and hound known perpetrators without fear or favour, starting with the Minister of Local Government, Savior Kasukuwere who has openly been fingered in corrupt activities involving housing stands in Harare and other cities,” she said.
Chirinda said the country’s history was replete with cases of high level corruption which have largely gone unpunished.
She added that they also wanted Kasukuwere investigated for his involvement in the cyanide poisoning of over a hundred elephants in the Hwange National Park while he was still Environment, Water and Climate minister as well as his involvement in the controversial community share ownership schemes.
Kasukuwere has pleaded his innocence while accusing his political rivals for sponsoring an elaborate plot for his ouster.
Critics say it was unlikely for President Mugabe to sacrifice one of his strongest defenders during the current fight for his (Mugabe) political life.