Former Zanu-PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere denied he illegally left the country saying his case was exceptional as his life was in danger.
Kasukuwere, who returned home last month since November last year, appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande facing charges of contravening the Immigration Act. Magistrate Sande is expected to deliver her ruling on Tuesday morning. Through his lawyer Jonathan Samukange of Venturas and Samukange, Kasukuwere said, on the night November 15 last year, he was attacked at his home by unknown people who had guns, adding he was convinced that they were not robbers.
Samkange told the court that Kasukuwere was one of the criminals around Robert Mugabe who were being targeted by the military operation. Samukange argued that according to the Refugees Act, Kasukuwere noticed his life was in danger due to the events that took place on November 15 and he fled as a refuge. However the prosecutor argued that Kasukuwere should have followed normal legal processes when exiting the country. The prosecutor added that Kasukuwere should prove that he was attacked at his home.