ZANU PF has said former Local Government Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere will not be rejoining the ruling party mainly because of his behaviour.
The self-exiled former minister is being accused of being arrogant and disrespectful to the party and its leader President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Kasukuwere fled the country into self-imposed exile alongside other G40 members, who include former ministers Jonathan Moyo, Walter Mzembi and Patrick Zhuwao following the ouster of the late former president Robert Mugabe in November 2017.
There have been reports that Kasukuwere has been trying to get back into the ruling party through high-level negotiations but ZANU PF director for information Tafadzwa Mugwadi said the doors are shut. He said
As a matter of policy, the party does not negotiate with individuals who seek to return or trace their roots to the party. Rather, those who seek to return know what to do if ever they were truly and genuinely in it before, they know the rules and procedures to follow.
It’s unfortunate that his case might be a different one because there is no remorse, repentance nor positive revolutionary conduct in him. He has continued on a path to denigrate, undermine and insult the party, its leadership and its ethos, clandestinely presenting himself as a political phenomenon. That behaviour stands in his way. Be that as it may, the leadership of the party will advise accordingly as and when he does the necessary procedures.
Kasukuwere confirmed the high-level talks to enable him to return to the ruling party.
He also told NewsDay in an interview that Operation Restore Legacy was highjacked by “unscrupulous people whose agenda was to topple President Mugabe and install Mnangagwa” adding that the “illegal central committee of November 2017 must be remedied.”
The ruling party has perennially been beset with infighting, which has sometimes resulted in violent running battles, and this was laid bare during campaigning for the recent district and provincial positions.