Kasukuwere off the hook

Former minister and  Zanu-PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere was today found not guilty of border jumping by a Harare magistrate.

Saviour Kasukuwere

Kasukuwere, who fled Zimbabwe at the height of Operation Restore Legacy, was acquitted after the court visited his house to see bullet holes from the attack by soldiers on the night of the November 2017 coup that removed president Robert Mugabe from power.

He fled to Mozambique initially before settling in South Africa. He returned voluntarily.

The Magistrate, Ms Josephine Sande accepted that Kasukuwere had done a reasonable thing by escaping to save his life.

The court appreciated that his house had been fired upon. There was evidence of bullet holes and empty cartridges which had been seen at his house when the court visited his house.

Ms Sande said the court was not oblivious to what is going on in the country and could not turn a blind eye to events related to Operation Restore Legacy.

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