Saviour Kasukuwere

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Saviour Kasukuwere
Saviour Kasukuwere - 2014 (cropped).jpg
Saviour Kasukuwere in 2014
Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing
In office
9 October 2017 – 27 November 2017
President Robert Mugabe
Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing
In office
6 July 2015 – 9 October 2017
President Robert Mugabe
Preceded by Ignatius Chombo
Minister of Environment, Water and Climate
In office
11 September 2013 – 6 July 2015
President Robert Mugabe
Preceded by Francis Nhema
Succeeded by Oppah Muchinguri
Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment
In office
13 February 2009 – 11 September 2013
President Robert Mugabe
Succeeded by Francis Nhema
Personal details
Born (1970-10-23) 23 October 1970 (age 47)
Mount Darwin, Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwe
Political party ZANU–PF (until 2017)
Spouse(s) Barbara Kasukuwere
Children Takudzwa (son), Natasha (daughter) and Christian (son)
Relatives

Dickson Mafios (half brother), Stan Kasukuwere (brother),

Donald Kasukuwere (brother), Tongai Kasukuwere (brother), Sarah Kasukuwere (sister)
Occupation Politician, businessman
Nickname(s) Tyson

Saviour Kasukuwere is a Zimbabwean politician who served in the government of Zimbabwe as Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing between October and November 2017. He was also the ZANU–PF party's national political commissar until December 2017. Before that he was Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, and Minister of the Environment, Water and Climate.

Career[edit]

Politics[edit]

He has been a member of the Pan-African Parliament since 2004.[1] He was Deputy Secretary of Youth Affairs in the Politburo of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and subsequently Secretary for the Commissariat. He has been the Member of Parliament for Mount Darwin South Parliamentary Constituency since 2000. From 2005 until February 2009, he served as the Zimbabwean Deputy Minister of Youth Development and Employment Creation.[2]

Kasukuwere was Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment from 2009 to 2013. Following President Robert Mugabe's victory in the July 2013 presidential election, he moved Kasukuwere to the post of Minister of the Environment on 10 September 2013.[3]

President Mugabe moved Kasukuwere to the post of Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing on 6 July 2015.[4] In October 2017 the ministry was expanded to include Rural Development.

2017 coup d'etat and aftermath[edit]

On 19 November 2017, Kasukuwere was expelled from ZANU–PF by the party's central committee. Other prominent G40 politicians, including Grace Mugabe, Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao, Ignatius Chombo, Walter Mzembi, Shadreck Mashayamombe, Makhosini Hlongwane, Innocent Hamandishe, Samuel Undenge, and Sarah Mahoka were also expelled from the party.[5]

On November 27, 2017, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded ousted President Robert Mugabe, announced the dissolution of the Zimbabwe Cabinet, leaving only Patrick Chinamasa and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi as acting ministers of Finance and Foreign Affairs respectively.[6]

Business[edit]

He has occupied various farms since 2000 including part of Pimento Farm, Mashonaland Central owned by Oliver Newton; South Bamboo Creek, Shamva owned by N Richardson / R. Morkel; Cornucopia Farm Orchard, owned by Interfresh Limited; Harmony in Mazowe (500 ha) named in “Addendum to the Land Reform And Resettlement Programme National Audit Interim Report”;[7] Bretton Farm; ; Auchenburg Farm; Bamboo Creek Farm; and Bourne Farm.

He owns several companies including Comoil (executive Director until 2005), Migdale Holdings Limited, and Allen Wack & Shepherd. He is reportedly a shareholder of Interfresh.[8]

Self Exile[edit]

In November 2017,Kasukuwere fled the country alongside other G40 cabalists, Professor Jonathan Moyo and Mr Patrick Zhuwao, who remain in exile. After six months and six days in self-imposed exile, he finally returned back home.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Members of the Pan African Parliament" (PDF). The African Union Commission. 15 March 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Keynote Address by the Honourable Minister of Youth Development and Employment". Ministry of Youth Development and Employment Creation. 22 May 2005. Archived from the original on 24 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-30. Youth Development and Employment Creation Deputy Minister Cde Savior Kasukuwere told Parliament that the national youth service was key in ensuring self-sustainability ...
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Appoints New Cabinet". The Herald (Harare). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Chombo, Moyo, Tyson reassigned". The Herald (Harare). 7 July 2015. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  5. ^ Chidza, Richard (2017-11-20). "Zanu PF axe falls on Grace, G40 kingpins - NewsDay Zimbabwe". NewsDay Zimbabwe. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  6. ^ "Mnangagwa dissolves cabinet, Chinamasa appointed Acting Finance Minister". The Zimbabwe Mail. 2017-11-27. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  7. ^ http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/mar20a_2003.htm
  8. ^ Kasukuwere grabs Interfresh farm; Financial Gazette, 10 March 2006 http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/mar10_2006.html#Z5
  9. ^ Reporter, Staff (2018-05-23). "Zimbabwe: Kasukuwere Returns Home, Questioned By State Agents At Airport". New Zimbabwe (London). Retrieved 2018-05-23.