Politburo sources yesterday told NewsDay that President Robert Mugabe clashed with party commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere after he accused Masvingo bigwigs, Josaya Hungwe and Shuvai Mahofa of causing chaos in Masvingo Province.
Angered by Kasukuwere’s accusations, Mugabe reportedly sprang to Hungwe and Mahofa’s defence, reprimanding Kasukuwere and blamed the entire party leadership for the chaos in Masvingo. The source who refused to be named said:
After Kasukuwere had told Hungwe that he was the main problem in the province and that he was destroying the party, the President reprimanded him, saying the party, as a whole, should take responsibility for the mess. But the commissar did not stop lashing out at Hungwe, resulting in the President asking him if he was now arguing with him.
After a decision to hold fresh provincial elections was endorsed, politburo members reportedly faced a dilemma over selection of a top party official to lead the process, with some proposing Moyo, but Mugabe objected before it was agreed that Joram Gumbo should be tasked with overseeing the affairs of the province until such a time when elections are held. Kasukuwere said there was nothing amiss in appointing someone from a different province to act in a caretaker capacity in another region.