Report- Former Grace Mugabe cabinet ally fled Zim as ‘refugee’

HARARE-  A newspaper reported on Tuesday that a former ally of former first lady Grace Mugabe said that he fled the country as “refugee” during the military takeover.

Former local government minister  Saviour Kasukuwere claims to have fled into “the jungles” of Mozambique out of fear for his life after his Harare home was attacked by soldiers on the night of November 14.

He would later spend six months in exile in South Africa but only to return to Zimbabwe last month, he was then arrested in Harare days later on charges of breaching the immigration act for leaving the country illegal.

Kasukuwere lawyer would say to court that his client fled the country because he feared for his life.

Jonathan Samkange told the Harare Magistrates court, “The attackers were not robbers but targeted him personally and as such he became a refugee,” the private Daily News quoteed the lawyer as saying.

“No one wants to die and he did the right thing to save his life when he was targeted by AK rifles.”

His client was allegedly part of the G-40 friction that planned the ousting of Robert Mugabe.

The court heard that Kasukuwere’s diplomatic passport is stamped with the date of his return to Zimbabwe on May 22 but there was no corresponding stamp to show that he was allowed to leave the country.

The court is expected make a ruling later on  Tuesday.

Photo Credit- My Zimbabwe News

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