Saviour Kasukuwere

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Saviour Kasukuwere
Saviour Kasukuwere, Zimbabwean Politician, ZANU-PF
Saviour Kasukuwere
Born Saviour Kasukuwere
(1970-10-23) October 23, 1970 (age 46)
Mount Darwin, Mashonaland Central Province
Nationality Zimbabwe
Occupation
  • Politician
  • Businessman
  • Farmer
Years active 2000-present
Known for Being a ZANU-PF party leader
Spouse(s) Barbara Kasukuwere
Children Takudzwa (son), Natasha (daughter) and Christian (son)
Relatives Dickson Mafios (half brother)

Saviour Kasukuwere is a politician, businessman and farmer. He is the current Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing and ZANU PF national political commissariat.

Background

Saviour Kasukuwere was born on 23 October 1970 in Mount Darwin, Mashonaland Central Province where he attended Chiunye Primary School and Bradley Institute, both in the same district, for his primary and secondary education.[1] He says he is the holder of various qualifications in the art of intelligence. He joined the then Prime Minister’s office at the age of 18 back in 1988. Nicknamed Tyson, he operated in Mutare where he did little to conceal his identity as a member of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). He is married to Barbara Kasukuwere to whom they have 3 children, Takudzwa, Natasha and Christian.[1]

Political career

Kasukuwere joined politics at a young age supporting the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) when he was a junior member of the Central Intelligence Organisation.[2]

Saviour Kasukuwere worked for the Presidents Department and left to pursue his own business ventures in 1994. In 1999, Kasukuwere was elected the Youth Chairman of Mashonaland Central and would go on to be elected to the Zanu PF Politburo as Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs in 2001. He was re-elected in 2005 and appointed to the Politburo.

In March 2000, Kasukuwere was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Mount Darwin South and would go on to be elected in subsequent elections in 2005, 2008 and 2013.[3]

In April 2005 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Youth Development and Employment Creation and would be elevated to Minister of Youth Development, Indigenization and Empowerment from 2009 to 2013. He is currently the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate.[4] He also serves as the Zanu-PF secretary for the commissariat.[5]

Ministerial Posts Held

He was often criticized for advancing the controversial Indegenisation Act that required foreign- owned companies to cede 51% of their shares to local communities. Kasukuwere's stance was not heed by his MDC partners in the Government of National Unity (GNU). The MDC argued that the law will frighten investors but Kasukuwere was of the view that the law will create employment for the locals.[6] It was no surprise therefore, that the majority of Zimbabweans celebrated after Kasukuwere was removed fro the ministry in 2013. Ordinary people and economic organisations argued that his robust approach was not necessary to improve investments into the country.[7] After the 2013 harmonised elections, Kasukuwere was moved to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate replacing Francis Nhema who went on to take up the Indigenisation ministry left by Kasukuwere. In mid 2015 in a cabinet reshuffle, Kasukuwere was redeployed as the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, replacing Ignatius Chombo who was reassigned to the ministry of Home Affairs.

Factionalism

Saviour Kasukuwere has been alleged to belong to the faction which is said to be led by vice president and second secretary of ZANU PF Emmerson Mnangagwa. He has also been widely quoted speaking against factional tendencies which were being employed some of the party members. In one of his speeches he noted that people loyal to ZANU PF should desist from doing things that divide th party and that the suspension of senior party members such as Rugare Gumbo should serve as a warning.[8] He also maintained that no individual was bigger than the party and that anyone who went against what the party stands for would suffer the same fate as provincial chairs that were booted out whom he said thought that they owned the people.

After the ZANU PF 6th National People's Conference, Kasukuwere was appointed as the new party commissar replacing ousted Webster Shamu. One of the things that Kasukuwere did upon assumption of office was to stop the suspension of party in the provinces and the passing of votes of no confidence or else those that dared defy the party's directive to stop suspensions would face disciplinary actions.[9] This was following reports in which it was alleged that people were now passing votes of no confidence to settle scores with their perceived political opponents and rivals. Following the removal of Ray Kaukonde and his executive, an interim executive was put in place but was removed by Kasukuwere following accusations of intense fighting. This saw the coming in of the Aeneas Chigwedere led executive.

Businesses

He has businesses in the oil, transport and baking sector. He owns:

  • ComOil (Pvt) Ltd which deals with oil procurement
  • United Touring Company (UTc)
  • Concorpia Farm

He also has substantial shareholding in Genesis Bank as well as Interfresh (Pvt) Ltd.[10]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Conrad Nyamutata, KASUKUWERE, Saviour (Zanu-PF) - Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment The Zimbabwe Times, Published: 22 Apr 2009, Retrieved: 8 Feb 2015
  2. Saviour Kasukuwere a slow learner, ZimSentinel, Published: 12 Feb 2010, Retrieved: 3 Jul 2014
  3. Minister's Biography, http://saviourkasukuwere.blogspot.com/, Published: No Date, Retrieved: 8 Feb 2015
  4. Wisdom Mdzungairi, I was not demoted — Kasukuwere, Newsday, Published: 17 Sep 2013, Retrieved: 8 Feb 2015
  5. Ray Ndlovu, All Eyes On Saviour, Fingaz, Published: 8 Jan 2015, Retrieved: 8 Feb 2015
  6. Ministers clash over banks, The Herald, Published: March 15, 2012, Retrieved: July 3, 2014
  7. Joy as Kasukuwere is demoted, The Independent, Published: September 13, 2013, Retrieved: July 3, 2014
  8. Farirei Machivenyika Kasukuwere warns power hungry elements, The Herald, Published: November 15, 2014, Retrieved: January 16, 2015
  9. Farai Machivenyika Stop suspensions or else: ZANU PF, The Herald, Published: January 9, 2015, Retrieved: January 16, 2015
  10. Saviour Kasukuwere ‘empowered’ himself, Published: November 21, 2010, Retrieved: July 3, 2014