I'll not be silenced — Mliswa

HARARE - Temba Mliswa, the Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson who was subjected to a failed vote of no confidence by his party last week says the botched coup was a ploy to silence him ahead of the party’s elective congress in December.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily News on Sunday yesterday, Mliswa said he was being harassed and intimidated by top party officials in the province because they knew that he would always tell President Robert Mugabe the truth.

He also said his failed suspension was a manifestation of power struggles in the party ahead of the congress.

Last week, a group of Zanu PF officials led by deputy minister of Home Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi, passed a vote of no confidence in Mliswa accusing him of receiving money from the West and of dividing the party.

But this was immediately shot down by the politburo, whose spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said Mliswa’s ouster was null and void.

The politburo, the supreme governing body of the ruling party, had earlier on decreed that there would be no suspensions within provincial structures until the elective congress in December.

However, the outspoken Member of Parliament for Hurungwe West said what was happening to him should be expected of a big party heading for a massive congress.

“All this will normalise very soon,” Mliswa said confidently.

The legislator, who is said to belong to a faction fronted by Vice President Joice Mujuru, did not believe he was being victimised along factional lines.

“I have been clear on that matter as the chairperson and I can’t belong to a faction. I think those things are very complex and I do not like complex things.

“The best way for me is not to be involved in a faction,” he said.

He believed most of the victimisation he was experiencing was a direct consequence of the professional manner in which he ran the affairs of the province.

“I run the province by the constitution. I’ve created a platform for people to debate issues so much that constitutionally although we are supposed to have three meetings, I have held seven so far.

“I follow the party constitution, I follow the book and when the law is applied to you, you then cry foul,” Mliswa said.

Mliswa said he was one of the most innovative provincial chairpersons in the party, who had brought about development in the province.

“For the first time in the history of Mashonaland West, we do not have a situation where political gurus are fighting. There is a lot of development happening in the province. For instance, last month we collected $20 000 in subscriptions, something that has not happened in a long time,” he said.

The former Warriors fitness trainer, who was recently assaulted by Beauty Zhuwao, wife of president Mugabe’s nephew Patrick, said his ethical conduct had seen some party heavyweights in the province feeling jealousy.

“They are spreading rumours that I will stand up at congress and ask the president to step down. That will not happen and that will not be on my agenda. People are using filthy lies to discredit others at the expense of the truth. I am courageous yes, not stupid. President Mugabe is here to stay,” Mliswa said.

“People have been trying to provoke me, expecting a reaction, but I have been calm. For instance, deputy minister Ziyambi scolded me in a meeting, but I did not react. Even the people that were inciting Beauty to assault me were expecting me to react, but I did not,” he said proudly.

Mliswa added: “People believe I am violent because I was a rugby player, but what they do not know is that the sport teaches discipline because after the game you can sit and eat with the person who tackles you the most.”

He accused Local government minister Ignatius Chombo of instigating the recent vote of no confidence.

“Chombo was at the forefront and phone calls can be traced,” Mliswa said.

Mliswa also said he was ready to go to court concerning the matter of the “gay gangsters”.

The Hurungwe MP is being sued for a total of $40 million after he accused Water minister Savior Kasukuwere and Media minister Jonathan Moyo of being “gay gangsters”.

“I’m ready to go to court, I have enough people who are willing to testify to that effect. I have the evidence,” he said.

Comments (21)

Uhmm....Mliswa has balls.

selele - 12 October 2014

kunodiwa vanhu vano ramba zvimwe zvinu kwete kungoimba vamwe all the time.

taurai - 12 October 2014

You all got out of track with the Zanu pf constitution, you all power hungry, cannot run a country like that uttering in public-shame.

deeds - 12 October 2014

What is the difference between Mliswa begging money from rich whites for his poor constituency and Chinamasa going to USA to beg IMF or World Bank or EU or Mugabe going to China to beg or Mugabe begging from the Russians? Chinamasa said the EU might start giving Zimbabwe aid from November this year - that is begging because Zimbabwe gives EU nothing in return. This government are just gatekeepers for foreign aid. Mliswa could make a name for himself if he were to ask Mugabe to step down not to fawn that “President Mugabe is here to stay” - to stay and do what?

Musona - 12 October 2014

"Mugabe is here to stay" Are these your true feelings, Mliswa?You too are a chicken ,like the rest of your ZANUPF GANG!

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So everybody is a sell out because we all want American and European investors. Please its a free world let Mliswa find investors for his constituency and I see absolutely nothing wrong with that.

clement moyo - 13 October 2014

If a name has been abused and allowed to be abused is one Robert Gabriel Mugabe. Whoever has his battles he uses this name. Anyone who wants to steal uses this name, anyone who wants to kill uses this name, anyone who wants to harass others uses this name, can he who owns this name stop it please. The abuse of the name is becoming as contagious as ebola.

Maita Manyuka - 13 October 2014

Poor daily news, you always try your best to prop up failed politicians and no wonder why your sales have drastically dropped to just became a paper useful in the toilet and tomato vending only. The guys's vote of no confidence is not a failed one, but that is the state of affairs right now.

reason - 13 October 2014

Sometimes even Mr Reason is funny. I guess according to u the Daily News is so useless that you need to spend so much time of your life devouring its contents as you do. Kkkkkkkkkkk

Mercy - 13 October 2014

Mercy I agree with your analysis of Mr Reason. He even has time to comment in a paper he considers fit for toilet. Why bother Mr Reason?

greasemonkey - 13 October 2014

The likes of Reason are only doing their jobs. They are paid to sing and sing and sing and what they really want to say is not what they say. Hirelings, quislings

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Garikai - 13 October 2014

The naked truth of the matter is that Mliswa TALKS TOO MUCH and doesn't have the temperament of a leader!! Is it mere coincidence that his history is littered with a litany of controversies??!!....at DeMbare [fighting for chairmanship]; national soccer team; rugby; skirmishes with the law; serving time in jail, etc

ZVOKWADI - 13 October 2014

you cannot silence someone with a loud mouth

Sadza - 14 October 2014

the problem in the revolutionary party is that no one wants to tell the truth. no one has what our national anthem calls "nduramo". If we follow the principle of nduramo, even mugabe should have stepped down and acted as a denhe roruzivo for zanupf and all of africa and beyond. now all this praisesinging, is done because the majority of men in zanupf have no balls. what just needs to be said is: Mr President and party leader, your time is up. you have served the party as much as you can. Thank you. Go home and write your memoirs. let there be a new leadership come December. the Chinese whom you befriend do leadership renewal every ten years...now you are not renewed in 34 years!!!

taura chokwadi - 15 October 2014

will ot be silenced my food. You ar out. You are not coming back Mliswa

Musa - 17 October 2014

Disturbed water settles.

liberty shungu - 17 October 2014

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