Kasukuwere, Magaya
stands saga turns nasty,
official manhandled
By Tendai Mugabe and Praise Bvumbamera
The issue of residential stands that were
earmarked for youths, but were reportedly sold
to Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries
founder Prophet Walter Magaya by Zanu-PF
national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere turned
nasty on Saturday after Zanu-PF Youth League
commissar Innocent Hamandishe was manhandled
by youths in Chitungwiza who accused him of
trying to cover up the scandal.
President Mugabe talks to Local Government,
Public Works and National Housing Minister
Saviour Kasukuwere while Environment, water
and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri
looks on during a Politburo meeting in Harare. —
(Picture by John Manzongo)
The youths accused Hamandishe of being used by
Kasukuwere as a front to pacify them over the
sale of the stands earmarked for them in
Harare’s Chishawasha B area. During a meeting
at Pagomba in Chitungwiza on Saturday,
Hamandishe had to run for his life after he
allegedly failed to explain circumstances
surrounding the issue.
Sources said district chairpersons were offered
at least 10 stands per individual to buy their
support and not to question Kasukuwere’s
dealings. This, according to sources, was going
to be done through a provincial political
commissar who was only identified as Cde
Chilinjali who convened Saturday’s meeting.
The district chairpersons, however, could not
have any of this and asked for Kasukuwere to
come and address them. Sources said: “The
meeting was called under the guise that they
wanted to get names of beneficiaries of the
stands. The youths however, pointed from the
onset that the President had pronounced himself
on the issue and they wanted clarity from the
national political commissar (Kasukuwere).
“All hell broke loose when Cde Hamandishe was
called to clarify the matter. Initially he refused
to come and when he eventually came, his
responses were not convincing. Some of the
youths lost their temper and concluded that Cde
Hamandishe wanted to shield Cde Kasukuwere
and they manhandled him and slapped in the
Another source said: “After Cde Hamandishe was
manhandled, we agreed that we should meet on
Monday and map the way forward. We felt that
the issue should be addressed at the highest
level because Cde Chilinjali wanted to cheat us.
He called a meeting on a different agenda only
to smuggle other issues in the middle of the
Hamandishe could not be reached for a comment
but the Zanu-PF youth league provincial chair
for Harare province Edison Takataka said:
“I was not aware of that meeting but I am told
that the youths asked for clarification on the
issue of stands and that is when Cde Hamandishe
was called.
“As youths, we really want that land and most
of the people who were mentioned in your last
report have plenty of properties and I think
people should not be that greedy.
“As far as we are concerned, our land is still
there and our leader (Kudzanayi Chipanga) said
they are still working on the paperwork and I
am sure that is what is making some of the
delays before allocation.”
Kasukuwere was recently grilled by President
Mugabe over the stands following reports that
he had sold the land to Prophet Magaya during
last week’s Politburo meeting.
Documents show Kasukuwere gave some of the
stands in question to his younger brother Tongai
and close associates such as House of Assembly
representatives for Kuwadzana Betty Kaseke and
Harare South Shadreck Mashayamombe among