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Kasukuwere Claims Mugabe Wanted To Quit In 2002, ED Was His Preferred Successor

Kasukuwere Claims Mugabe Wanted To Quit In 2002, ED Was His Preferred Successor

Self-exiled former ZANU PF Politburo member Saviour Kasukuwere said that the late former president, Robert Mugabe, wanted to hand over power to his then deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, but the latter was pressured by power-hungry allies to stage a coup in November 2017.

Speaking at a discussion on the fifth anniversary of Mugabe’s ouster held under the topic, Back to the Future: A Review of the Post-November 2017 Coup in Zimbabwe which was hosted by Sapes Trust last Thursday, Kasukuwere also accused ZANU PF of failing to follow its own constitution. He said:

Those colleagues were looking at the watch and wanted to taste power. Their ages were advancing and some were turning 79, others 80. If we had discussed this at the party we would not have been where we are now.

The appointment of Mnangagwa as then Vice-President was an indication that Mugabe wanted him to come in.

This was a discussion he had with us to say: ‘Let Mnangagwa come in and we can move forward.’ But ZANU PF being ZANU PF there was a secretive way of doing things which created problems for us up to this day.

We should have stuck to the constitutional process to challenge the President. The big problem in Zanu PF now is that nobody can stand up and say ‘I want to be a ZANU PF president.’

You can say that in exile, not in Zimbabwe. We should have stuck to the constitutional process to challenge the President.

Kasukuwere also claimed that Mugabe wanted to resign after the 2002 elections “but factors took place that meant he remained in office until 2008.” He said:

After the 2002 elections and thereafter, Mugabe intended to step down, but factors took place that meant he remained in office until 2008 when we had that humiliation with the MDC and he stayed up until 2013 when he won.

We thought after winning the election in 2013 he would put in place processes for a much more stable succession programme.

In 2017, he told me as his political commissar that he was stepping down. We were in Mexico attending a conference and we talked for about seven hours.

Still, it was too late because of the dynamics of the politics at that time.

Kasukuwere was believed to be among members of a ZANU PF faction known as G40 which supported Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to take over power while Mnangagwa reportedly had the support of the military. | NewsDay

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16 Comments

Asalif 2 months ago

😂😂😂 trying to clear the air kuti udzoke muZanu pf no more space for looters my dear brother


cadre 2 months ago

nyorai apology zvipere


Tanaka21 2 months ago

this is 2022 nt 2002 . stop reffering us to yesterday . plz plz plz plz ur now boring kasiku


Manikiniki 2 months ago

U were eating by then and you kept quiet. Wats the use of saying this now. Its now irrelevant and u are also irrelevant to Zim politics now, it wud be better for u to just shut up.


Maparamuro 2 months ago

It's a Zim problem. Political succession is taboo. Morgan was succeeded after he died. MDCT never thought of relieving him of the presidency even when it was known he would not survive up to the 2018 election. At zanupf congresses which have been copied by the other political parties including CCC they gather to make a public announcement on who will lead the party, there is never a debate for succession. Biti suggested leadership renewal after 2013 elections and was kicked out of the party.
Noone dares challenge chamisa at any time because that will be considered treason.

The only party that is talking leadership change and has had a congress where there were contestants for the post of president is MDC T led by Mwonzora.

We the people are the problem because we set the standards.


King King 2 months ago

K@Maparamuro Hei mwanzora what what what......... 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 regatione

UniversityStudent 2 months ago

Musoro bangu.. POWER is not a toy...power is not a game... When you have it.. You have it...

pk 2 months ago

so it's you kasukuwere wakapandukira zvido zva Mugabe
mugabe wanted Mnangagwa and you wanted mai mugabe.


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major 2 months ago

From a personal view...the politics in Zanu seemed too toxic to a level that it would've become messy had the transition been done earlier....RG was all cornered...l have realized almost the same with ED... he is not the one in charge ...there is a secret society behind that has the final say on bigger issues of state


2 months ago

The problem which the late President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, had was his failure to make a clear succession plan. ZANU PF still has this problem.

The late President's problems worsened with the appearance of the G40 on the political scene. G40 preferred the former First Lady, Grace Mugabe, to be the next President while the army preferred the then , Vice President Gweta ED Mnangagwa to be the next President.

The other problem which I see as consistent with ZANU PF is that of overstaying in the position of the Presidency.

[ KUTONGA KUNODA KUITA MAJANA ].

[ VAVHOTI VHOTERAI GWETA NELSON CHAMISA CHETE CHETE ].

Yours faithfully
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[THE BUSH LAWYER4CCC].


juru 2 months ago

I'm sorry olive my wife


👤 2 months ago

"... but factors took place that meant he remained in office until 2008 when we had that humiliation with the MDC... "

I have nothing more to say but he who is intellectual enough will digest this statement and will discover the black and white reality of the hidden truth that transpired.


Maparamuro 2 months ago

It's never been a secret that Morgan won in 2008, the whole zanupf knows and has admitted that, even Idhi has made public statements to that effect, there is nothing to digest. The issue should be what lessons were learnt from there.

Guarding the ballot is crucial, this means agents at all polling stations, collection of all V11 and V23 forms and running a parallel collation of results. Never leave zec to do it all.

Disputes must be based on hard evidence not speculation

CIO 2 months ago

Haaaa true lies can someone talk for seven hours


piutin 2 months ago

I think you are a big liar with that age baba could not speak for 7 hrs , you were speaking alone he was asleep, and you can't say ED was going to succeed him whilst Dr Amai had already positioned herself for that post , Already Mai Mujuru was fired to pave way , then ED was also fired to pave way .


Dr Hercules 2 months ago

Speaking for 7 hours thats a big lie kkk


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