Innocent Ruwende in MBIRE, Kanyemba
Zanu-PF political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday urged party supporters to vote for the Zanu-PF candidate in today’s by-election and warned members plotting to illegally takeover from President Mugabe that they risked expulsion. Speaking at a rally to garner support for Mbire Constituency candidate Cde Douglas Karoro, Cde Kasukuwere said President Mugabe is the founding father of Zimbabwe, hence the nation should rally behind him.
“The reason we are having these elections is because of the people in the party who became counter revolutionaries. Former Vice President Joice Mujuru was invited to go and see the American ambassador (Charles Ray) by David Butau and this marked her downfall. What do you discuss in the middle of the night with an American ambassador?” he asked.
The seat fell vacant following the expulsion of former MP Mr Butau who was party of the putchist cabal led by fired Vice President Mujuru that was seeking to topple President Mugabe.
Cde Kasukuwere said if someone was a founding father, it meant that people should rally behind him.
He said Western countries hated President Mugabe because he reclaimed land from the minority white farmers and gave it to majority blacks.
He said former legislator David Butau had betrayed Zanu-PF and converted to his own use money meant for developmental projects in Mashonaland Central Province.
Cde Kasukuwere said Western countries were looking for weak people in the party whom they were using in a bid to achieve their political agendas.
“Even in the bible Jesus was sold off by one of his own. Butau is our own version of Judas. There are some people who are saying we should prepare to lead when the President leaves office. There is no plan to make, if we hear that you are scheming we will chuck you out of the party.”
He castigated Cde Butau for trying to buy votes by giving chairpersons motorbikes, saying the people of Mbire wanted developmental projects.
“They (VP Mujuru and her cabal) let our people down for over 35 years, it was about them and not the people. What did they do for the people?” he quizzed.
Cde Karoro urged people in Mbire to bury their political differences and vote for him.
“We might have differences that emanated from primary elections, but let’s go and vote for Zanu-PF,” he said.
“We are facing many problems, but we should soldier on. There is nothing which comes easy for Africans.”
He said the nation needed a strong leader and a strong political party for it to forge ahead.
“President Mugabe is saying enough is enough; it’s time for Africans to reclaim their land and wealth,” he said.