They want me out — Mliswa

HARARE - Temba Mliswa,  the controversial Mashonaland West Zanu PF chairman, has claimed that there is a plot by senior party officials to dethrone him on the grounds that he does not hail from that province.

Mliswa told a news conference  in Harare on Monday, that some party stalwarts, were bitter that for the first time in history, Zanu PF Mashonaland West has been chaired by someone who is not from the district.

Recent chairpersons are Phillip Chiyangwa, John Mafa and  Walter Chidhakwa, who all hail from Zvimba, the home district of President Robert Mugabe.

The Hurungwe West Member of Parliament (MP) said: “I am the only Zanu PF chairperson who leads a province he does not come from and when they meet during their succession debates, they are under fire from their handlers who always ask them to explain how they intend to deliver a province which they do not control, which Mliswa is running away with.”

The former Warriors fitness trainer said the plot involved capitalising on his delicate disposition by provoking him in the hope that he will react violently.

“(Deputy Home Affairs minister) Ziyambi (Ziyambi) shouted at me, hurling obscenities during one of our provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meetings,” Mliswa said.

“He expected that I would fight him but I didn’t because I am aware of their plot,” he said, adding that Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo was enraged by the failure of his brother Nimrod Chiminya to land the chairman’s post.

Kindness Paradza, Zanu PF Mashonaland West secretary for administration and legislator for Makonde, told the Daily News that the attempt to push Mliswa out was not only unpalatable but also misconceived as he has not done anything wrong.

“I know nothing  about that issue,” Paradza said. “Whoever is planning  that vote of no confidence  has not told me. But we ask the question why people are trying to pass a no-confidence vote against the chairman, Mliswa. What wrong has he done?”

Mliswa said part of the strategy to boot him out of the party involved politburo member and Information minister Jonathan Moyo, who he alleged was planting “malicious stories” in the State media.

“There will be stories in the media to malign me using the State media,” Mliswa said.

“I will pre-empt one of the stories before they write that Mliswa is courageous that he wants to stand up at congress and announce that the president must retire, it’s not going to happen.”

The outspoken Mliswa is currently locked in a war of words with Moyo who accuses him of being an agent of the American spy agency the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Mliswa has hit back, labelling Moyo and another politburo member Saviour Kasukuwere “gay gangsters” who are out to destroy the party from inside.

Barely hours after he held the press briefing, Mliswa was assaulted by Patrick Zhuwao’s wife Beauty, while addressing a PCC meeting in Chinhoyi after he had allegedly told her that her husband was a disgrace to the first family.

The Zhuwaos are Mugabe’s nephews.

Mliswa was elected chairman last year.

Comments (8)

The whole circus around Mliswa goes still at length showing how the party is manipulated by misguided mercenaries.tell me frankly why would the likes of Chombo,Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo do to save the nation other than clear results of maladiminstation.vaChombo havachataurwa vane tsinye fani.ho w can you continue standing as a Minister in a Ministry that you have destroyed in and our like Kasukuwere when he left the Ministry of Youth and their outspoken colleague in Ministry of information Jonah.They are a disgrace to Zanu pf,now also teaming up with daydreamers like the Zhuwawos i mean the Joaos.Frankly speaking these people have turned our glorious party into a tattered house of hunger,a refuge for mercenaries and immorals.Zim needs more like Mliswa to get rid of such madness.

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sammy - 2 October 2014

And Mliswa anobva kupi zviya?

Observer - 2 October 2014

ZANU PF are the sculptors of democracy in this country. What you see is democracy at play. But my advice to munin'ina Temba, for a leader you talk a bit too much. Listen, observe more and talk less. Words are impossible to withdraw. Also ask yourself, why would America which imposes sanctions that stifles our economy, want to give ZANU PF MP's some few dollars for constituency development? I may not be a provincial chairman but I would have seen that one coming. You are correct on the issue of tribalism/regionalism which is counterproductive and retrogressive (refer to the Rwanda Genocide and the Great Lakes Conflict). Lastly, ngatibatane pamwe chete, iyi inguva inorema.

Aggie G Mutasa - 3 October 2014

Mliswa is also not noble gentleman. This is just a question of looters arguing over the loot. Let them break each other's spain maybe we can have the peace and freedom that we badly miss at the moment.

felix - 3 October 2014

mliswa alos looted the whites cattle,genarators and the like.he was only spared becoz he apologised to chihuri.

ndoda sibili - 3 October 2014

@Aggie G Mutasa, you are a fool. I repeat you are a fool. The so-called sanctions are targeted against certain people only. They are not hurting this country. That is why development aid is coming into our country, and why medical aid is coming in. So you should go back to school, because you are a blinkered fool, just like a silly pompous peacock that is surprised to find the roof falling on his fat head.

swiftie - 3 October 2014

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