HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Zimbabwe’s Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere dismissed reports that he was beefing up security fearing for his life following his empowerment crusade.
Minister Kasukuwere was quoted by a local daily denying that he was now moving in a convoy of cars which included members of the Police Protection Unit (PPU) and the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).
“I don’t know anything about that (moving in a car convoy). Why should I move in a convoy? I am not a showman,” Kasukuwere told daily newspaper NewsDay, a statement that could cause embarrassment to President Robert Mugabe.
Kasukuwere’s boss at party ZANU (PF) and in government, President Mugabe, moves in a motorcade of around 12 vehicles.
The youthful empowerment minister has been having a war of words with colleagues in the coalition government and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, Gideon Gono over the manner in which the indigenisation programme is being handled. The central bank governor particularly has dismissed the indigenisation model and instead has produced his own model, the Supply and Distribution Based Indigenisation.
The High Court recently blocked an attempt by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission to search Minister Kasukuwere’s offices in a probe into how the Zimplats indigenisation deal was done.