Minister Fired, Despite Writing Thesis On Mugabe Leadership

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KUDAKWASHE Bhasikiti claimed last year that he had written a thesis on President Robert Mugabe’s leadership, adding this was evidence of his unquestionable loyalty to the veteran leader.

He was speaking after Mugabe told him in his face that he was a traitor during a politburo meeting last December ahead of an extensive purge of top Zanu PF officials.

“You should get out of the wrong basket. I hear that you are not consistent. Get into the right basket,” Mugabe told Bhasikiti then.

Up to 17 ministers would later be fired from government for alleged involvement in a plot to topple Mugabe or, failing that, assassinate the Zanu PF leader.

Bhasikiti would have been forgiven to think he had survived the purges after frantically apologising to Mugabe.

“I am the only one both in Parliament and the politburo who supports President Robert Mugabe although like everyone else, I have been in the wrong basket,” he said.

“I maintain that I have stood by the president even when everyone had abandoned him and I have shown that in my thesis with the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. I am consistent in my support for Zanu PF and the president.”

But Mugabe fired him from government Thursday in a development confirmed by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda.

“In terms of Section 108 (1) (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, His Excellency the President has terminated the employment of Honourable Kudakwashe Bhasikiti-Chuma as Minister of State for Masvingo Province, as his conduct had become inconsistent with his prescribed duties and functions,” said Sibanda in a statement.

“The termination is with immediate effect.”

Bhasikiti’s dismissal follows the expulsion Wednesday of former administration secretary Didymus Mutasa from Zanu PF along with his nephew Themba Mliswa who was party chairman for Mashonaland West.

Both were linked to the alleged rebellion said to have been led by former vice president Joice Mujuru.

Mutasa had rejected his ouster as administration secretary and dismissed the party’s December congress as illegal adding the 91-year-old Mugabe had effectively been taken hostage by a power hungry clique in Zanu PF.