HARARE – Former Masvingo minister of State, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, has lashed out at Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, saying the Zanu PF strongman should make a public apology for misleading the nation about the reasons why he had been booted out of government last month.
Bhasikiti was the last of the group of ministers who were summarily fired from the government by President Robert Mugabe, following a brutal Zanu PF purge that targeted former Vice President Joice Mujuru and all her perceived allies.
After Bhasikiti’s unceremonious ouster, Mnangagwa told party supporters that the sitting legislator for Mwenezi East had been fired on the grounds that he had FROM P1
received money from sugar milling company Tongaat Hullet, to fund the much talked about, but still to be proven plot to oust and assassinate Mugabe.
But appearing before Parliament’s committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Committee, Tongaat Hullet’s chief executive officer, Sydney Mutsambiwa, stridently denied making any personal payments to Bhasikiti.
The company revealed instead that it had made a direct deposit into Zanu PF’s bank account, and not to Bhasikiti who had approached them begging for donations towards the party’s disputed congress last December.
In a no-holds barred interview with the Daily News yesterday, Bhasikiti said while some of the victims of Zanu PF’s brutal purges had chosen to remain quiet and retreat into their shells, he was “not afraid to speak the truth”.
“If fairness was going to be done and since Parliament has absolved me of doing any wrong, then I could have my job back. However, I am not looking for my job back. I am looking at representing the people honestly and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who said I was fired because of that should apologise,” Bhasikiti said.
After Zanu PF’s brutal purges that saw scores of party stalwarts being thrown off the State’s gravy train, many of them are now coming out of their shells, revealing interesting titbits.
In the wide-ranging interview, Bhasikiti also alleged that the country was suffering, not because of sanctions, but because of deep-rooted corruption and fear among Zanu PF bigwigs.
“They can keep the job, I don’t want it back. But I need my integrity as a person. They must apologise for wrongly accusing me,” Bhasikiti charged.
Mnangagwa, who has lately been unusually garrulous, was recently quoted by lickspittle State media threatening Bikita Minerals and Tongaat Hullet, two of the many companies implicated in the untested treason conspiracy, with unspecified action on the grounds that they were allegedly funding anti-Mugabe activities.
“What do we say to Tongaat Hulett and Bikita Minerals which were behind funding Didymus Mutasa and his ‘gamatox’ team who wanted to remove President Mugabe from power even by killing him?
“Bhasikiti was fired because of Tongaat Hulett and they should be warned that we will not hesitate to deal with them,” the much-feared VP was quoted as saying.
But Bhasikiti retorted that Zanu PF’s purges had “targeted the wrong people and left the rotten apples stealing and abusing power”.
“This has taken boldness for me to say it because the majority of the corrupt-free people who were wrongly accused have chosen to keep quiet to avoid further victimisation. I have spoken because I have an issue which affects my people in Chingwizi by corrupt ministers,” he said. – Daily News