MUTARE – Tyson Wabantu Movement has invaded Manicaland province, where it has reportedly roped in remnants of the G40 faction ahead of the potentially explosive 2023 harmonised elections.
The political outfit, led by former cabinet minister and Zanu PF political Commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, is currently putting up structures in Manicaland.
Kasukuwere, who is currently in exile, was one of the G40 kingpins and was reportedly close to the late former President Robert Mugabe.
Kasukuwere is reportedly being backed by Julius Malema, the president of South Africa’s Economic Freedom party.
Cash-rich former First Lady Grace Mugabe is also said to be an influential member of the movement, where she flexes her financial muscle.
Insiders said the party’s top hierarchy was regrouping in South Africa where other G40 members, including Patrick Zhuwawo and Walter Mzembi are being backed by other international political players from South Africa, Russia and China, among others, on strategies to topple President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government.
In Manicaland, the Tyson Wabantu Movement has targeted youths as its arsenal to topple Mnangagwa.
The disgruntled Zanu PF old-guard and other infuriated Zanu PF members, including G40 cabals, have reportedly joined the Kasukuwere project.
Zim Morning Post is reliably informed that a series of meetings are being held in the province, where Kasukuwere seems to have garnered sympathy.
This publication has it on good authority that party youths were holding a series of meetings where they are strategising.
In an interview with the movement’s Manicaland Youth Coordinator, Kudzayi Moyo this week, he confirmed that the party was already putting up structures in the province.
“We are a party that will be driven by the youths.
“So, we are in the process of mobilising the youths who have the energy and minds of taking out Zimbabwe from its current mess,” said Moyo.
Kasukuwere is said to be targeting Manicaland as one of his strongholds as he has spent most of his political and business career in the province, where he seems to have found comfort from various business entities and political players.
“We will be embarking on door-to-door campaigns ahead of the 2023 elections. The country is facing serious social and economic hardships so as youths, we cannot just watch and fold our hands. This is the reason why we are coming together for a common purpose,” he said.
Asked to confirm a list of former Zanu PF old-guard and G40 members who have joined the party structures, Moyo said the movement would announce the final structure of the Manicaland team.
“We have very influential people who have political knowledge and professionals who will lead the party. We want to move the country forward,” Moyo said.
Zanu PF said it would not lose sleep over the Tyson Wabantu Movement.
“The entry of Tyson Wabantu cannot cause us sleepless nights. We are not worried about the movement,” Kenneth Saruchera, the party’s provincial Secretary for Administration, said.