Former Zanu-PF national political commissar and G40 member Saviour Kasukuwere has been acquitted by Harare Magistrate Josephine Sande of border jumping. Kasukuwere was facing charges of contravening the Immigration Act after “border jumping” when he fled the country last year following an attack at his home by alleged members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
Kasukuwere denied the border jumping allegations saying that his case was exceptional because his life was in danger. He told the court that his home was attacked at his home by unknown people who had guns and emphasized that he was convinced that the people were not robbers as had been alluded to by the state. Former cabinet minister and G40 kingpin Professor Jonathan Moyo has previously stated that Kasukuwere’s house was attacked at 2 AM by 25 Special Air Service (SAS) snipers who were firing indiscriminately.
Yesterday Magistrate Sande carried out an inspection in loco at Saviour Kasukuwere’s house were 113 rounds for AK-47 automatic assault rifles were discovered. Resuming the case today, Magistrate Sande found Kasukuwere not guilty of the charge and acquitted him. Kasukuwere’s lawyer, Jonathan Samukange also highlighted the issue of selective prosecution saying that his client had been singled out yet other people who boasted about the same thing had not been arrested.
In her ruling magistrate Sande said,
It is of no logical sense that the attackers could be robbers. The attack was not only inside his house, but also outside. The gate, security wall, transformers and electric cables were damaged during the attack. How can robbers attack transformers and precast wall when they want to steal valuables inside the house? It would be a lame submission. How does a robber tamper with electric cables in a heist…The court does not live in a vacuum and its duty is to preserve moral lawfulness in the society. The court can also take a judicial notice that on this day, Operation Restore Legacy took place, and, as such, will not back State averments that there was public order. The fact that he didn’t expose who was his attacker falls away when one looks at what the court witnessed at Kasukuwere’s home.
Saviour Kasukuwere is a politician, businessman and farmer. He is the former Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing and former Zanu- PF national political commissar. He was expelled from Parliament as the (Mount Darwin South) legislator in November 2017 following the military... Read More About Saviour Kasukuwere
Jonathan Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician and former member of the ZANU-PF party where he was a member of the party's Politiburo. He is also the former minister of Higher and Tertiary Education. Moyo was expelled from Parliament as the (Tsholotsho North) Legislator in November... Read More About Jonathan Moyo