Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs,Kudakwashe Bhasikiti,once said to be in the wrong basket by President Robert Mugabe at the height of Zanu (PF) factionalism before the controversial congress has been fired from government with immediate effect.
In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda confirmed that Bhasikiti has been dismissed from his post as minister.
The statement reads “In terms of section 108 (1a) of the constitution of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, the President has terminated the employment of Honourable Kudakwashe Bhasikiti Chuma as Minister of State for Masvingo Province as his conduct had become inconsistent with his prescribed duties and functions.
Bhasikiti once lost a court case against Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife Auxilia and others after alleging rigging in party provincial elections.
At one politburo meeting Bhasikiti got so emotional and cried in supporting Joice Mujuru in the succession race.Insiders at the meeting said after Bhasikiti spoke, Emmerson Mnangagwa told him off, saying he should not pretend to be a war veteran as he was merely a mujibha (war collaborator) during the liberation struggle.
At the same meeting former Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Cain Mathema also added his voice, reminding Bhasikiti the politburo was a forum for rational and mature debates, not a meeting for ranting and raving as well as emotional outbursts.
Mathema said he was surprised Bhasikiti expected people to endorse issues before thoroughly debating and examining them.
“Mathema said Bhasikiti’s remarks were good for nothing and insulting,” a source said then.
Mathema is said to have pointed out Bhasikiti’s claim that Zanu PF did not need professors or intellectuals was false as the party needed them and had in any case had such people in the past who proved useful.
With such a background it was obvious Bhasikiti was not going to survive for long, as he has also being subject of several demonstrations and votes of no confidence recently.