In a show of defiance, Saviour Kasukuwere’s campaign team has announced their intention to mobilize for mass demonstrations across all provinces. The decision comes after they expressed frustration with the perceived ineffectiveness of the litigation route, which they claim has been futile in their pursuit of justice.
Addressing the media in Harare on Friday, Jim Kunaka, a prominent member leading Kasukuwere’s campaign, launched scathing criticism against the judiciary system, accusing it of being an extension of the ruling party, Zanu PF. The team’s discontent arose after the Supreme Court upheld a High Court ruling that nullified Kasukuwere’s Presidential bid.
“We will do everything in our power to ensure our Presidential candidate appears on the ballot paper come August 23, whether Mnangagwa likes it or not,” asserted Kunaka. He further elaborated that they were shifting their approach to focus on political solutions, believing that certain issues required a different level of political engagement.
Kunaka lambasted President Mnangagwa for allegedly utilizing the courts to cherry-pick his competitors ahead of the upcoming general elections. “What we want to see in Zimbabwe is a democracy; he should not choose opponents to contest with, he is just like Saviour Kasukuwere,” stated Kunaka defiantly.
The campaign team expressed concerns about the credibility of this year’s election, alleging that the law has been weaponized to eliminate rival candidates and create an uneven playing field. The acceptance of nomination papers from candidates who do not reside in Zimbabwe, such as Kasiyamhuru and Busha, further added to their grievances.
“We are ready to mobilize our people across ten provinces,” Kunaka announced. He assured that regional leaders and commissars would be actively involved in orchestrating a significant event to voice their demands. Demonstrations are planned to take place simultaneously across all provinces to amplify their message.
While acknowledging the need to notify authorities before organizing the demonstrations, Kunaka made it clear that they were prepared to face any challenges that may come their way in their quest for a fair election and political change.
The campaign team’s bold decision to take to the streets signifies a shift in their strategy and a display of their unwavering determination to challenge the status quo. As the nation watches closely, the question remains: Will these demonstrations bring about the change they seek, or will they face resistance from the authorities?