Harare – The Central Intelligence boss Happyton Bonyongwe has blocked local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere’s poll strategy where he is dishing out residential stands to civil servants in the urban areas in preparations for the 2018 elections.
Bonyongwe, sources said, has called Kasukuwere’s initiative a scandal and urged members of his dreaded secret service not to be part of the election campaign gimmick.
“Last week Bonyongwe urged the CIO officers to withdraw their money which was being deducted after Kasukuwere’s offer of land in Chishawasha,” said the source.
“We had contributed $30 each and a monthly subscription was being discussed when Bonyongwe said people should not involved in the scandal.”
Sources also said Kasukuwere is also using land to entice people to join his G40 faction.
G40 is currently locked in a bitter succession wrangle with vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa who is seen as a front runner to take over from President Robert Mugabe.
Since his appointment as local government minister Kasukuwere has promised the Zanu PF youth residential stands across the country in the bid to win back urban seats that are largely controlled by the opposition MDC-T.
Kasukuwere has also dangled land as a carrot to woo the youth to his G40 faction.
Intelligence reports show that land ia being given on factional lines so if the CIO gets that land they will endorsing G40 which is mot the case,” said the source.
Zanu PF has been torn apart by serious infighting. The security sector has also divided along factional.lines with the military and CIO backing Mnangagwa while police is backing G40.
Last December Mugabe urged the security sector to desist from dabbling in the political affairs of the country.
In February this year at a rally in Chiweshe first lady Grace Mugabe said tje military wanted to bomb her son as well as her dairy farm in Mazowe.