Mliswa arrested as mini poll gets nasty

HARARE - As the battle for the Hurungwe West constituency turns increasingly nasty, former Zanu PF chairman for Mashonaland West, Temba Mliswa, was arrested while visiting the constituency yesterday, where he is standing as an independent candidate in the forthcoming June 10 by-election.

The outspoken former legislator for the constituency told the Daily News in a telephone interview last night, from Magunje Police Station where he was being detained, that he was being charged with interfering with an authorised Zanu PF meeting in the area.

Mliswa said police pounced on him while he was greeting his supporters at a shopping centre near Nyamhunga Secondary School, where the ruling party — which was holding a meeting there — accused him of interference.

He said the Zanu PF meeting had been poorly attended — a development that he claimed had incensed the ruling party and partisan law enforcement agents.

“As I arrived at the shops to buy a few items, supporters came to greet me but the police were not happy with the reception I got and they arrested me. I will be appearing in court tomorrow (today) in Karoi,” the distraught Mliswa said.

He claimed that besides being arrested, some Zanu PF youths had also assaulted his supporters but had “predictably” not been arrested.

However, Mashonaland West Provincial police spokesperson, Clement Mabgweazara, claimed that he knew nothing about the arrest of the former MP.

“I do not know anything about that. I have not heard about that alleged arrest,” Mabgweazara said.

Mliswa was recalled from Parliament last month, along with his uncle and former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, after they were controversially booted out of the warring ruling party on allegations of plotting with former vice president Joice Mujuru to topple and assassinate President Robert Mugabe.

But Mliswa is bidding for a comeback in the constituency after filing his papers with the nomination court last week to stand as an independent candidate.

He has also recently claimed that Zanu PF had deployed armed police and members of the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) in the constituency, who were allegedly intimidating his supporters.

Addressing journalists in Harare two weeks ago, Mliswa described the forthcoming by-election as a case of “the State versus” him.

“Zanu PF has no capacity to mobilise and that is why they have always resorted to assistance from the State apparatus to force people to attend their rallies and vote for them. But even with rigging, they will lose in Hurungwe West,” Mliswa said.

Over the years, the opposition has accused Mugabe and Zanu PF of abusing State institutions to further their political interests.

“I will not be campaigning in Hurungwe for fear that people will be victimised, there will be terror and we know that despite their intimidation tactics they have been failing to get people to buy into their preferred candidates. There will be no T-shirts because people will be victimised,” Mliswa said then.

Comments (12)

uMliswa bakiti... Tell us about the last election.. -Did you win it fairly? -Was your opponent able to freely campaign -If elections were free and fair in 2013 why shouldnt they be now? -Are you telling us that when you were a zanu chairman, things were good. Campaigning was fair etc. Temba...vuka. People are not fools.

Qiniso - 13 April 2015

Haa! nyika ino?

zvorwadza - 13 April 2015

Qiniso I like your analogy! We must know the past before we look into the future.

Charles Qo! - 13 April 2015

Qiniso I like your analogy! We must know the past before we look into the future.

Charles Qo! - 13 April 2015

I found this interesting... copied from ('Zanu PF plotting brutal campaigns' ) Guys, Fellow readers and commentors, pls bear with... let me pause 4 moment. who ever worked in Zanu PF surely could not do nothing alone in an evil system we all know is tightly guarded (CIOs, secret agents, etc etc) Many who tried to raise their heads long ago have died prematurely. some (many) of them we hurt them th'm becaz they were falsely accused/arrested before being cut off. Tell me, knowing all this WHO would come out in the open even being in the system. remember merely resigning in politics without convincing reasons one becomes a threat (" leaving with deadly secrets") they would follow & eliminate you to make sure you will not spill the beans. Dont see Mai Mujuru quiet and think she is a fool. let alone dont accuse her or this guy of this and that. Question? WHY were they purged out of the evil system. ANSWER : they were seen to be unloyal to the evil system. Remember the secret surveillance of zanu, the 24/7 watching eye. where are the likes of Nyagumbo? do you think he killed Himself as the state media reported ????? Mahachi?? and many more. Remember the minister who died coz of a TOYOTA cresida scandal ?? do you think it was just a mere cresida...... springboard - 13 April 2015

LOREIN - 13 April 2015

.......Lets not PIN these guys even to think they are getting a test of their medicine. IN Zanu U ar given instructions, if U do''nt execute them then YOU get your self EXECUTED, simple plain truth. Pitty anyone who is not in the VERY TOP TOP TOP ranks. Tell u the loyallity of mai MUJURU & others to this evil system has since been questioned long long ago. she has always had clear clean principles which did not go well with the evil doers. then 10 years later she is purged out: how (by eliminating the husband 1st then the coast was clear for her too.) 5 BIGWIGS have been dedicated to put comments on this site to turnish these guys who could not be trusted in the evil system. Please do not follow/ listen to them. 1 last thing Please TRUST those being purged out of the evil system coz they were proved useless to the system. All strories/ accusations are ZANU's cookings. . springboard - 13 April 2015 I believe springboard has a better angle of the view. Hey springboard! have you been in the system? whitehorse - 13 April 2015

LOREIN - 13 April 2015

LET ME PUT IT IN CAPS LOCK. EXECUTE THE INSTRUCTIONS OTHERWISE YOU GET EXECUTED... THIS IS EXACTLY THE MODUS OPERANDI ZANU . I OPPOLOGISE TO THE NATION OF ZIMBABWE BECAUSE IN I WAS INVOLVED IN PLOTTING HOW TO SINK LENMORE JONGWE. ALL YOU HEARD ABOUT HIM IN THE NEWS AND PRESS WERE LIES. ALL WAS STAGED. THE INSTRUCTION WAS CLEAR FROM THE SYSTEM, ELIMINATE HIM OR ELSE YOU ARE ELIMINATED. WE WERE GIVENA SHOT TIME TO COME UP WITH A POSITIVE ANSWER/SOLUTION. HE WAS A BIG HEADACHE/ THREAT TO THE EVIL SYSTEM..... R.I.P. tellmore - 13 April 2015

LOREIN - 13 April 2015

I am in this system now and i am aware of the team tasked on Mliswa. All these accusations are false. They are trying to "Avoid an embarassing defeat at the hands of Mliswa" like springboard said, Mliswa is in for a tough time with the evil system.

LOREIN - 13 April 2015

FEEL IT TEMBA, FEL THE HEAT STUPID DUDE. WE HAVE HAVE BEEN THRU THIS ZANU PF BRUTALITY MANY TIMES...WE ARE ''THE TEMPERED STEEL. FIGHT BACK TEMBA FIGHT BACK YOU ARE A STRONG DUDE, FIGHT THE SYSTEM YOU HELPED ESTABLISH. TASTE IT BABA TASTE THE BRUTALITY. ZANU PF F*** THIS TEMBA IN THE A£$ BIG TIME!!!!

Garikayi - 14 April 2015

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