Ray Kaukonde in Sex-for-Power storm

Cde. Kaukonde
Cde. Kaukonde

Zanu-PF Mashonaland East provincial chair Cde Ray Kaukonde has allegedly been demanding sexual favours from female party members aspiring for leadership positions, it has emerged.

Senior party officials – who include legislators and provincial executive members – told The Sunday Mail that their boss was well-known in the province for making advapasses at vulnerable women as well as married ones.

Female teachers and other civil servants have also allegedly been targeted, with threats that if they turn him down he will get them transferred to other provinces.

Informants, some of them victims of the alleged advances, demanded strict confidentiality fearing reprisal, but insisted it was time such criminal abuse of political power ended.

In all, The Sunday Mail is aware of at least six female politicians (names supplied) who fell victim to the alleged abuse by the embattled provincial chair.

Efforts to get comment from Cde Kaukonde last night were futile. His mobile phone first went unanswered for some minutes. When he finally answered, he did not respond and then switched off the phone.

In one case, Cde Kaukonde allegedly approached an aspiring parliamentarian – a businesswoman – during Zanu-PF’s primary elections last year.

“I rebuffed him and he declared point blank that I would never land any leadership position in the party as long as he was in office. I remain on the periphery of party activities since then and if things remain like this I will stay out,” she said.

The aspiring parliamentarian added: “Kana Kaukonde akumaka, haupinde. (You will never land a leadership position if Cde Kaukonde blacklists you.)

“He swore that I would never get any position. He said, ‘Over my dead body. As long as I am chairman, you will not get anything.’ He does not want anyone (in the province) to be independent. As long as you show signs that you can stand on your own, he will do everything in his power to block you.”

A married National Assembly member was told she had to sleep with the provincial chair if she wanted to retain her seat in the 2013 polls, it is alleged.

The legislator reportedly agreed and Cde Kaukonde allegedly activated massive campaign systems in her constituency. He funded her campaign and made food donations in the consituency.

The MP won.

Another source said Cde Kaukonde was linked to the elevation of two Women’s League provincial executive members.

One of the women had previously been sexually abused by random criminals.

A provincial Women’s League member who proferred anonymity said: “It is known throughout the province that Cde Kaukonde solicits sex from aspiring leaders; be it Members of Parliament or for any other leadership position.

“This is the truth because even women’s lobby groups have received reports that some provincial leaders are asking for sex in exchange for positions.

“He is literally running some families in the province. He is a womaniser and several female comrades got their positions after romps (with him). He doesn’t ‘discriminate’: He targets even married women.”

In October, First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe said Cde Kaukonde was a man of “100 wives”.

And in April, female legislators revealed that some senior politicians in their respective parties wanted sexual favours in exchange for primary election and campaign support.

The legislators said this at a workshop organised by the Women’s Trust, and Research and Advocacy Unit in Harare.

“There was violence against aspiring (female) candidates. They were beaten up so that they would stay at home. But if you were not beaten up, you would be sexually harassed, which is abuse of women,” said Mutare South MP Cde Nyasha Chikwinya (Zanu-PF).

MDC-T’s Maureen Kademaunga, on behalf of young women in politics, said some candidates pulled out of primary elections because of sexual harassment.

“When we went out to fundraise, it’s either you would not succeed or since men have money they would get an opportunity to sexually exploit us. So sexual exploitation is what we were running from.

“A lot of young women ended up not contesting primary elections because they were afraid of these challenges since they would be sexually harassed when they tried to fundraise.”

Yesterday, Bulawayo-based women’s rights activist Ms Busi Ndlovu said politicians who sexually harass women should not hold office.

“We do not want such retrogressive leaders in our communities. They must be condemned because their behaviour is totally unacceptable. They do not deserve to lead our young women because they are criminals.

“The law must take its course. Those perpetrators should be brought to book.”

Midlands State University-based social scientist analyst Dr Nhamo Mhiripiri said: “We cannot afford to have leaders who have relationships with married women. That will bring the name of the party into disrepute and must be condemned.

“If anyone is found wanting in terms of following the party’s regulations and rules, disrespecting the party’s leadership, my view is they must be fired from the party following proper procedures.”

Another analyst urged the women to make police reports as the allegations were of a criminal nature and should be handled appropriately rather than via political structures.

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  • Truth

    Vana Kaukonde..hamunyari here???? Saka president munhu uyu vanomuziva.

  • cinhema

    The gloves are indeed off.

  • Ini Zii

    The party is already in disrepute. This is clearly still news to some. Anyway, with Zanu senior politicians this is not a surprise… Unfortunate but not a surprise.

  • Mimi

    I beg to correct Dr Mhiripiri of the Midlands State University that “We cannot afford to have leaders who have relationships with married women. That will bring the party into disrepute and must be condemned”. No this assertion or belief is wrong in itself. If a man is already married then he should never be allowed to go out with any other woman even an unmarried one because he is simply abusing both women (his wife and the unmarried woman). It must be time that our men learn to respect and be satisfied with their own wives as failure to do so will still amount to abuse of women. Remember how Zimbabwean women were mad with Tsvangirai. Same applies to those in ZANU-PF or elsewhere who take their organs as if they are machines to be rule over women. This is the 21st century and what our men has always taken for granted (i.e. having as many women as they want) should now be a thing of the past.

  • Disappointed (PHD)

    Just go Straight to ‘vote of no confidence’ dont tingle our ears. Who cares after all whether mamubvisa aine mhosva or asina mhosva….3rd provincial chairperson fallen victim in a month. Ivo vakadzi vacho vakauya nemagaro ungarega kuisva wanwa hako.

  • pamuzinda

    There are many pervets in Zimbabwe who are taking advantage of the poor system. Plenty Gumburas who abusing their position in favour of womanising. Luvmore Gumbura Takavada and his friend Dube are also sex pervets. They re using law firms to abuse married woman and promising them jobs. Luvmore Gumbura Takavada lives in Watford in UK and his friend is here in Zimbabwe. The chief terror is Luvmore Gumbura Takavada.

  • Kufandada

    Strategy of the Weevills is very clear.But removing the Chairman is not removing the people who vote.Congress will be one person one vote.Look at what happened to Chamisa?

    • gerro

      6u

  • Kufandada

    Masvingo tatotora.There will be two delegations to the congress.The same will happen in Mashonaland West.Accreditation ndipo panyanga.

  • Kufandada

    The Sunday Mail,a government owned paper is not doing the ruling party any favours with its campaign against Mujuru supporters.It is so obvious to any reasonable person.The good news coming from Mashonalandd East is that the solid Province has made a vote of full confidence in Kaukonde.Not only is this a defiance of Grace Mugabe but also of Robert Mugabe himself who should not take sides when children quarrel.These are winds of change in Zanu PF

  • Kufandada

    There is no basis of stopping Mujuru on trumped up charges.If Mujuru does not stand,then Mnangagwa will not stand either.The Politburo has seen through the dirty plot..

    • freedom_fighter

      Ngwena is not being accused of corruption and extortion that would be mujuru so she is not fit to hold any position of authority.

  • Chiguri Mabarwe

    Unopuhwa songoya 007

  • funman

    a poor comment from the MSU Dr Nhamo Mhiripiri women harassment must not be tolerated weather married or not the women need to be respected. maybe you make this shallow comment because you also target young women at the college. SHAME ON YOU FOR BEING SUCH SHALLOW MINDED AS A DR

  • Strategic

    I personally know a victim of such abuse as reported here. About the timing, I guess its political expediency. Quite contrary I am amazed and shocked you believe that our political leadership is on a higher moral ground. They do worse things than “this nonsense”!!