Arrest all border jumpers — Kasukuwere tells court

FORMER Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere has challenged the State to open criminal dockets against all war veterans who skipped the country through illegal crossing points during the liberation war.

BY DESMOND CHINGIRANDE

The former Cabinet minister made the remarks yesterday when he appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande facing allegations of skipping the country’s borders following former President Robert Mugabe’s ouster last November.

Kasukuwere, through his lawyer Jonathan Samukange, denied the charge, saying if the State insisted on charging him for illegally exiting the country, then all former combatants who left the country to execute the liberate war should also be charged for contravening sections of the Immigration Act.

Samkange said his client’s case was no different to a war situation because he escaped following gunfire attacks at his house.

“The accused left the country seeking refuge in another country after he escaped the attack by the army on his residence using AK-47 riffles. He is exempted from that Immigration Act because he fled disturbances,” Samukange said.

However, State witness and principal immigration officer Godfrey Kondo claimed Kasukuwere was not regarded as a political refugee in South Africa, but enjoyed the status of a diplomat.

Kondo said Kasukuwere should have brought before the court documents or evidence to show he applied for asylum in the neighbouring country.

He also dismissed claims that Kasukuwere’s life was under threat, saying the former Zanu PF political commissar just panicked when he saw large groups of people marching in the city celebrating Mugabe’s departure.

But Samukange insisted that his client was under threat.

“Certain officials from the army said they were targeting criminals around Mugabe. Do you know some of the criminals around Mugabe who were targeted by the army?” Samukange asked.


Kondo said he did not know the said criminals.

“An intelligent person like you, you do not know the said criminals around Mugabe. Be honest with the court, you swear before the court that you will speak the truth and nothing else,” Samukange said before he applied for discharge, saying the State had failed to prove a prima facie case against his client.

Sande said she would today make a ruling on the application.

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26 Comments

  1. Arrest ED and son as well on the same charges.

  2. This is just stage managing to appear as if Kasukuwere was tried, but the truth is there is no issue issue at all. What a funny charge. It’s a disguise to the public.

    1. This is a circus. An insult to our intelligence.

  3. interesting defence but was the Current Immigration Act in force during the liberation struggle.

  4. Venancio Village 13 Chirera

    If the situation is like what you are saying which means even MR ED must be arrested as well.

  5. Tendai Chaminuka

    Certain officials from the army said they were targeting criminals around Mugabe. Do you know some of the criminals around Mugabe who were targeted by the army?” Samukange asked”
    What is the learned lawyer implying here that his client is one of them.

  6. Kkkk a great circus. And starting with “skipping” is the country without saying why he’d to skip the country! [Interestingly, ED also stands liable to the same charge!]

  7. Mukwirivindi WaMazungunye

    Kasukuwere you are very stupid. You cannot agree to be used by Mugabe to oust Munangagwa when you knew very well that ED had the backing of the army. Please have the taste of your own medicine. The best you could have done was just to please guilty, and get fined. Who does not know that the army wanted to kill you. Even the magistrate knows that without you giving evidence. It is your stupidity that is being punished here.

    1. Hahaha so you think this Kasukuwere man is being haunted by what is going on?
      Kasukuwere & family are sound & safe they are only targeting the attention of the public curious to see what happens with him now that he is back…NOTHING ELSE>

  8. Just because ‘everybody’ else committed the same offence does not mean that one becomes innocent, Kasukwere must face the music because he’s the one who’s under arrest for now

  9. vakanyagira yaona

    remember his house was guarded by state military

  10. By saying all border jumpers, what they really mean to say (and rightfully so) is, “So why has ED not been charged?” Even more interesting is the fact that Kasukuwere has allegations against him of dishing out stands like Father Christmas handing out sweets, including 22 industrial stands to himself in Mutare, as investigated by ZACC, Instead we have this silly show put on parade.

    1. According to the constitution, a sitting President is immune from such criminal prosecution.

  11. Did ED border jump or he used the military border post?

  12. Domboramwari.I don’t know whether we had that Act during the war but anyone who tried to cross into Mozambique was met with the barrel of a gun.Ask people from Chipinge and others near the border. There are a lot of bodies buried along those areas.

  13. Didn’t ED also jump the border illegally into Mozambique?

  14. samukange enda kubeitbridge uone vakudeportwa vangani hobho uye ndakanzwa kuti kujoza kune jeri rinonzi lindela rinomiririra izvozvo saka immigration is right to arrest u zvewar vet produce evidence full stop baba ava was a diplomat not a refugee

  15. kasukuwere its now your time.remember in 2012 when you and dauglas nyikayaramba (zna) you caused me and other minerals officers to be arrested after we intercepted over 200 bales of 2nd hand clothes smuggled from mozambique by zanu pf criminals.former CG of could not stand with some as he was the master of corruption.

  16. ZANU PF is just playing games with the people of Zimbabwe as usual. Regrettably people are so used to it that they are willing to be played with too. If you thought Zimbabweans woke up at the ouster of Mugabe you are wrong. We are yet to wake up and open our eyes and see for real. But only God knows when that will be.

  17. Zim Nhakayangu

    Hahaha so you think this Kasukuwere man is being haunted by what is going on?
    Kasukuwere & family are sound & safe they are only targeting the attention of the public curious to see what happens with him now that he is back…NOTHING ELSE>

  18. Zanu pf must demise by all means.

  19. Murambatsvina

    If I were Kasukuwere I would be thrilled with this charge. After making millions of $$ from corruption and this is all they have on me I cant complain.

  20. To all those that thot Kasukuwere is going to be arrested forget and smile these guys are just playing us.They dont even have respect for us even if Moyo comes back nothing is going to happen to him.

  21. Comment…matsotsi ese aya hapana new dispensation apa !!

  22. Comment…matsotsi ese aya hapana new dispensation apa

  23. Pakaipa kkkkkkk

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