Saviour Kasukuwere

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Is a politician, businessman and the current Minister of Environment who courted controversy during his tenure as Indegenisation minister.

Background

He was born on the 23rd of October 1970 and is married to Barbra Kasukuwere.

Political Career

He joined poltics at a tender age supporting ZANU PF when he was a Junior member of the Central Intelligence Organisation. He then participated in the Gukurahundi massacres supporting his political party ZANU PF in the 1980s.[1]. Kasukuwere was in 2000 elected Mount Darwin South member of parliament, a position he held until 2009 when he was appointed Minister of Youth Development, Indegenisaton and Empowerment.

As Indeginisation Minister

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.[2]. 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.[3]

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 have substantial shareholding in Genesis Bank as well as Interfresh (Pvt) Ltd.[4].