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Business mogul joins Zim presidential race

By Staff Reporter

SOUTH AFRICAN based Zimbabwean businessman Joseph Busha (pictured) Friday revealed his bid to challenge for the country’s presidency as he fired a salvo at Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere for allegedly demeaning the country’s war veterans.

Busha, leader of FreeZim Congress, was speaking at his party’s policy conference attended by nearly 300 party delegates from all over the country.

The enterprising 53-year-old said the country’s war veterans deserved everybody’s respect as he pledged to rehabilitate and render psychological support to them if elected to form the next government.

Kasukuwere is under fire from a section of the country’s war veterans for calling them drunkards and taxi drivers.

The Local Government Minister made the comments in the heat of the raging squabbles between his G40 faction within Zanu PF and another that is rooting for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“We have heard 45-year-olds saying war veterans are drunkards, which is demeaning given the immense sacrifice they made for this country,” Busha said in apparent reference to Kasukuwere.

Busha, in his address, took time to play down President Robert Mugabe and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s fresh bid to contest for 2018.

“I am the best person to assist Mugabe with his pension pay out and I will also put Tsvangirai on a pay cheque,” he said to cheers from his followers.

He further dismissed prospects of one day joining any of the opposition coalitions that have been formed to contest Zanu PF 2018.

Three opposition coalitions have emerged; the MDC Alliance led Tsvangirai, CODE fronted by ex-energy minister Elton Mangoma and former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s People’s Rainbow Coalition.

Except for Mugabe and Tsvangirai, Busha labelled the rest of the Presidential hopefuls as “wannabes”.

The marathon runner turned businessman and politician said he also does not believe in the on-going BVR exercise, which has angered the country’s broader opposition for being too clogged with obstacles that have seen many turned away from registration.

He however said electoral reforms were key to free and fair elections next year.

“The electoral playing field is not even to ensure free, fair and credible elections,” he said.

The JM Busha 54 Races for Peace and Unity in Africa founder also called on locals to stand up against the social injustices and the corruption under the Zanu PF led government.

He said his party was promising free health and education if elected into government next year.

Busha joins other presidential aspirants who include former Industry and International Trade Minister Nkosana Moyo and Dr Noah Manyika in the race for the country’s most coveted job next year.

Gary Murambiwa
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