Saviour Kasukuwere - MP Mount Darwin South Constituency.
Saviour Kasukuwere is the Member of parliament for the Mount Darwin South constituency; He has been reported by victims of political violence from his constituency as a ruthless political gangster who has instilled fear in many members of the MDC party in the whole of Mashonaland Central province , though he describes himself as an ex-CIO agent reports have claimed that he actually occupies a very high post in the agency and has maintained an office at the CIO headquarters at Chaminuka Building. Those MDC supporters who have been unfortunate enough to have fallen prey to his campaign of terror have chilling stories to tell. He has a history of personally attacking his victims with an iron bar and using very large groups of militia to haunt his would be victims. He is currently leading the campaign to expropriate white owned businesses in Zimbabwe. To accomplish his selfish enrichment ambitions and with the support of his party Zanu PF, Kasukuwere is now wielding what he calls the indigenization regulations which will force foreign and white owned enterprises to surrender more than half of their equity to the chosen few. Listed below are some of the accounts of incidents of political violence in which Saviour Kasukuwere was personally involved.
In the run up to the presidential run off elections in 2008, Saviour Kasukuwere funded and spearheaded most of the terror gangs in Mashonaland Central. On May 5, 2008 organised one of the most brutal attack ever, he used his lorries to ferry a group of over 300 youths to Chaona in Mazowe District where a lot of MDC supporters were maimed and 6 activist were beaten to death, the people murdered on this day included Tapiwa Meda, Alex Chiriseri, Joseph Madzuramhende, David Tachiwa Mapuranga, Patson Madzuramhende and Joseph Jemedze. These killer youths were wearing Kasukuwere's campaign t-shirts and were assisted by uniformed soldiers under the command of Major Kairo Mhandu.
On May 13 2008 The same large group of Zanu PF militia led by Kasukuwere killed Fischer Chitese, Bright Mafuriro, Sairiro Kamufuto in Mount Darwin and On May 19 2009 the Kasukuwere led gang abducted and killed Phanuel Mubaira .
On March 18 2007, Saviour Kasukuwere accompanied by a gang of CIO agents followed The MDC MP for Kuwadzana Nelson Chamisa to the Harare Airport and savagely attacked him with an iron bar. Nelson Chamisa was bashed in a high security area at the terminal with all airport security personnel watching but none of them dared interfere with the gang.
On March 25 2000, Saviour Kasukuwere then a Zanu PF candidate for the Mount Darwin Constituency organised a 200 strong gang of Zanu PF youths and war veterans at Madondo Hotel , Mount Darwin Centre. This group had a list of addresses of known MDC supporters which they used to follow up and assault all the people who were found staying at these houses. Many victims showed lacerated wounds, bruises on the face and all over the body after this raid. Kasukuwere was assisted by Jacob Juma a war veteran to command this attack on the residents of Mount Darwin .
On April 8, 2000 Saviour Kasukuwere hatched a plan to eliminate an MDC chairman
of a ward in Mount Darwin. A group of Zanu PF youths was then dispatched by Kasukuwere under the cover of darkness to the MDC chairman’s homestead. They surrounded his homestead and set the homestead on fire on trying to escape from the fire, xxx fell into the hands of the arsonists who used an axe to hack him all over the body. They left him for dead, only to be saved by his neighbour who took him to hospital.
On the same day April 8, 2000 Saviour Kasukuwere leading a large group of youths he had ferried into Mount Darwin from Chitungwiza attacked another MDC chairman only known as xxx, severely lashing him that he had to be rushed to hospital. The following day on the 9th of April the same gang destroyed xxx’s home burning his car to ashes. The case was reported but the police noted that they could not do anything since Kasukuwere was involved.
On 13 April 2000 a convoy of MDC supporters coming from Bindura to Mount Darwin to attend a rally, were ambushed by Kasukuwere just after “ Shashe pass “ along the road to mount Darwin. The MDC supporters were first attacked by a large group of stone throwing Zanu PF supporters . Running battles between the two groups erupted and the police moved in to quell the violence. The MDC convoy proceeded only to fall into another ambush mounted by Saviour Kasukuwere himself and a band of gun totting CIO operatives. This armed gang used vehicles to block the road and moved on to the MDC supporters using iron bars to smash vehicle windscreens and pounding people in the process. Kasukuwere armed with an iron bar pounced on xxx a well known MDC activist in Bindura and with a single blow took out his left eye, it could not be saved and now has one eye. Many MDC supporters were injured though there were no deaths reported many came out of the melee with broken bones and lacerated faces.
Saviour has been credited as the first person to craft the idea of setting up torture bases in Mashonaland Central in the run up to the 2000 parliamentary elections. He funded 27 male war veterans and Zanu PF youths and one female Youth to set up a torture base at a building owned by Kasukuwere’s campaign manager. Many victims suffered at the hands of this gang which was also sponsored by Sarah Kasukuwere sister to Saviour.