Businessman and politician Phillip Chiyangwa has hit back hard at embattled Zanu PF National Political Commissar Saviour Kasukuwere. Chiyangwa called Kasukuwere one of the most corrupt ministers and alleged that he asked for a $5 million bribe from him. Kasukuwere started the war of words when he in his press statement he said:
In order to protect and assert my legal rights, I have initiated lawsuits against these corrupt and rogue elements, some of whom were openly part of the Rhodesian security apparatus.
A direct reference at Chiyangwa who was was part of the British South Africa Police African reserve force. Chiyangwa did not take this well and responded with
I saw him rise with [under] my own guidance and today I am talking about somebody who is no longer suitable to hold the national political commissar position because he asks for bribes (sic).
He wanted bribes for every service that he gave and that to me, a central committee member, why would he want a bribe so that he gives me what is due to me?
…It is his persistence for a bribe that p*ssed me off. You ask me for a bribe, when you have a directive from the President to give me back what is due to me? I said I will not take this s**t.
He is a bribe taker. I can say he is one of the biggest corrupt ministers in the Mugabe government and we cannot go with him to the next election (sic). Every ministry that he has been (in) he will be taking bribes, just to provide an ordinary facilitation service he wants money
Look at Venezuela, Maduro is a driver. He is the Kasukuwere [of that country]. We are in trouble with drivers. Look at this driver here. He must say which way he wants to go if he doesn’t want to go the Hayatou way because he must go and we will follow him that way.