In a surprising turn of events, former Cabinet Minister and prominent figure within the G40 faction, Saviour Kasukuwere, has filed an application seeking the cancellation of his outstanding arrest warrant.
The move comes as he prepares to challenge President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the upcoming presidential election scheduled for August 23.
Kasukuwere’s warrant of arrest was issued on January 17, 2019, by retired Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya after the former minister failed to appear for trial on four counts of criminal abuse of office. However, the timing of Kasukuwere’s application has raised eyebrows, as critics argue that he should have resolved these legal matters earlier if he was serious about contesting the presidency.
Zimbabweans have been abuzz with anticipation and speculation since Kasukuwere announced his intention to stand against what he refers to as “black-on-black oppression.”
Social media platforms have been flooded with reactions to Kasukuwere’s application, with many expressing doubts about the warrant of arrest being withdrawn. Some users believe that Kasukuwere, being intimately familiar with the system due to his previous role, knows that the withdrawal of the warrant is unlikely
Critics argue that Kasukuwere’s tactics were poorly executed, as they believe his arrest upon returning to Zimbabwe is inevitable. They claim that by openly declaring his presidential aspirations before resolving his legal issues, he has left himself vulnerable to arrest as soon as he sets foot in the country.