South Africa's opposition EFF leader Julius Malema is allegedly part of a plot to topple Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe, a local weekly has reported.
According to the state-owned Sunday Mail Malema, in collaboration with Zanu-PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, have hatched a plot to dislodge the 93-year old Mugabe from power. The report alleges the two politicians have the backing of British agent Lord Robin Renwick, an architect of the ill-fated Abel Muzorewa administration of 1978 and a past UK ambassador to apartheid South Africa.
In a report titled "The Tyson-Malema unholy alliance", the Sunday Mail quotes South African media reports saying Lord Renwick and Malema met in London in 2015 after which the Economic Freedom Fighters leader apparently dumped his economic nationalisation mantra and started rabidly pursuing President Jacob Zuma’s ouster.
Lord Renwick served as British ambassador to apartheid South Africa from 1987 to 1991, and was allegedly key to destabilising the nationalist movement in that country.
"Kasukuwere’s alleged links with Malema were reported to a special Zanu-PF committee that gathered information on allegations against the national commissar in Bindura in April," the paper says.
Mashonaland central provincial affairs minister advocate Martin Dinha last week declared he was “ready to prove the collusion”. Neither Kasukuwere nor Malema could be reached for comment.
Kasukuwere has recently been under the spotlight for allegedly plotting the ouster of Mugabe from power, with the country's 10 Zanu-PF provinces all casting a vote of no confidence in him.
Kasukuwere is part of a grouping calling itself Generation40 (G40) which is engaged in a vicious tussle to take over the reins of power after Mugabe. Other luminaries in this faction include Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwawo, education minister Jonathan Moyo, and First Lady Grace Mugabe.
Zanu-PF appointed a 10-man fact finding mission to get to the bottom of the allegations against Kasukuwere, and the jury is still out.
But Dinha said, “During the meeting convened by advocate Jacob Mudenda’s probe team, I submitted the allegation that comrade Kasukuwere is working with Julius Malema because they both share the ambition to take over power from Presidents Mugabe and Zuma respectively.
“They both see themselves as young leaders who share the same ambition. The allegations are that they are working together and they share strategies. I know for certain that his (Kasukuwere's) younger brother … travels to South Africa frequently as he is the point person for the interactions with Malema because of his links there.
“Kasukuwere and Malema see themselves in the same light. They want to run with the idea that the youth are the leaders of tomorrow and tomorrow is today. This is the problem I have had with comrade Kasukuwere because he wants to take over the country now.
“Kasukuwere was instrumental in Malema’s visit to Zimbabwe in 2010 and since then, they have maintained their relations. They share the same ideology and we also suspect that Malema could be providing funds to them.”
Dinha also said he was prepared to face Kasukuwere in court following last week’s media reports that the latter had filed a $1 million lawsuit against him. “I am prepared to defend all allegations against me in court, even though the papers have not been served to me. I do not hold anything personal against Kasukuwere. His strategy of going to court is to try and (dodge) his problems as if it’s a personal fight between him and I.
“He wants to divert attention and make this appear like it’s a Dinha-Kasukuwere fight so that he can undermine the fact that all Zanu-PF provinces do not want him to continue in office. If he goes to court, we will meet there and I will expose the real Kasukuwere.”
All ten Zanu-PF provinces have called for Kasukuwere’s ouster on allegations of seeking to unseat Mugabe via an extraordinary congress of the ruling party engineered through parallel structures the national political commissar is said to have set up around the country.