Kasukuwere faces 2 arrest warrants ahead of presidential ambitions

Former Cabinet Minister Saviour Kasukuwere is facing two arrest warrants issued prior to his announcement to run for the presidency, with the police expressing their intention to question him, according to state media.

Kasukuwere has been attempting to depict the charges against him as politically motivated, but the truth is that the warrants were issued before he declared his presidential ambitions.

On Wednesday, Kasukuwere, along with 11 other candidates, successfully filed their nomination papers to compete in the presidential elections scheduled for August 23.

He will be running as an independent candidate.

During interviews with South African media, where he currently resides, Kasukuwere claimed that he feared being arrested on political grounds once he returned to Zimbabwe to campaign for the elections. He also portrayed himself as a victim of persecution by the Zimbabwean government.

However, the State media has discovered that a warrant of arrest was issued on January 18, 2019, by retired Harare magistrate Mr Hosea Mujaya after Kasukuwere failed to appear in court for trial on four counts of criminal abuse of office. Another warrant was issued after he failed to return his passport to the clerk of court within the agreed timeframe.

Despite Kasukuwere’s attempts to play the persecution card, the warrants were issued because he skipped court proceedings and failed to demonstrate trustworthiness.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the national police spokesperson, confirmed that the police were in possession of the two outstanding warrants. He stated, “We have two warrants of arrest that have not been cancelled yet. The first warrant was issued by Magistrate Mujaya on January 18, 2019, where he was facing criminal law charges under Section 174 (b) (a) of the criminal law code because he defaulted court under number CRB HarareR842/18. The second warrant is under 39/18; he was given his passport but failed to submit it back within the stipulated period. The police should execute these warrants they are currently in possession of, and so far, there are no indications that they have been cancelled.”

Justice, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Permanent Secretary Virginia Mabhiza emphasized that Kasukuwere should submit himself to the laws of Zimbabwe.

She said, “When someone is issued with a warrant of arrest, they should submit to the law. What he should do is submit himself before the law and seek cancellation of the warrants. He has his lawyers, so they should advise him on what he should do. His submission to the law is standard procedure.”

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