Relatives fear for Mliswa's life

HARARE - As campaigning for the forthcoming Hurungwe West by-election gets increasingly nasty, there are growing fears for the life of firebrand former seat holder Temba Mliswa, who is still languishing in police custody following his arrest at the weekend for allegedly disturbing a Zanu PF meeting in the constituency.

Mliswa, who was controversially expelled from Zanu PF last month, is squaring up against his former party in the June 10 by-election.

His uncle and former Presidential Affairs minister, Didymus Mutasa, said yesterday that Mliswa’s family and his supporters were fearing for the worst after being inundated with calls from villagers in Hurungwe who claimed that they had heard that their former legislator “would be silenced” — in an endeavour to stop him from contesting the by-election.

Since announcing his intention to stand as an independent candidate, Mliswa has placed the ruling party on the back foot as he apparently still enjoys the overwhelming support of many in the constituency.

This, his supporters claim, has jolted Zanu PF into action, including some members of the security establishments to harass and intimidate voters, as well as to issue the threat to “silence” Mliswa.

The former Hurungwe West MP was arrested on Sunday on allegations of interfering with a Zanu PF meeting.

His lawyer Musindo Hungwe told the Daily News yesterday that Mliswa was still in police detention, but had been transferred from Magunje to Chinhoyi’s Law and Order section.

Hungwe hoped that the former legislator would appear in court today.

His chief election agent, Goodwell Zinyama, condemned the police’s actions, pointing out that this was “nothing more than naked harassment and intimidation” of Mliswa and his supporters.

“The arrest is illegal according to the Electoral Code of Conduct for political parties and candidates. Article 4(b) (iv) clearly states that a candidate has a right to attend any meeting convened by others,” Zinyama said.

He reiterated that even assuming that Mliswa had attended the Zanu PF meeting, this was legal and was in line with the code of conduct for elections.

“They want to intimidate him. It’s the law enforcement agents versus Temba Mliswa now,” he said.

Information gleaned from the constituency last night showed that Zanu PF had suddenly found the political will and capacity to initiate the immediate grading of roads, the buying of books for schools and drilling of boreholes in the constituency — a development construed by many as bribery meant to block Mliswa from regaining his seat.

Zanu PF chairman for Mashonaland West Ziyambi Ziyambi was not taking calls and responding to text messages sent to him yesterday to respond to the claims.

Mliswa himself has previously confirmed the “desperate measures” by Zanu PF to improve social infrastructure in the area.

“I have seen graders trooping in, books being distributed in schools and the drilling of boreholes. It’s nice when you make people work like that,” Mliswa told a recent press conference.

Following his expulsion from Zanu PF, together with other political heavyweights, Mliswa  successfully filed his papers with the Nomination Court to take part in the by-election.

The outspoken politician is also on record saying that he would not hold any rallies in the constituency for fear of exposing his supporters to violence, harassment and intimidation.

“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,” he said.


Comments (14)

Blessed are they who have access to state machinery; cursed are they when they abuse those privileges to advance personal gain!!

Kunda Kinde - 14 April 2015

Mliswa should know that noone is above the party, ZANU-PF is a party that has its own values and regulations, no wonder why you were expelled.

muzvare shonga - 14 April 2015

Is the ground even for fair election?This is what Tsvangirai is avoiding by boycotting-the harassment of supporters by state agents,the wanton arrests of activists and candidates by the police at zanu"s instruction,the abduction and murder of innocent souls whose only crime is to exercise their democratic right by supporting the party of their own choice.Save tinokubigai.

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No sorry for you Mliswa,you are the one who trained these guys to be what they are now. You did the same thing to MDC. So we don;t care about your suffering.

Chemical Solution - 14 April 2015

kkkkk, mliswa chidembo tambatamba muswe takabata, ukaita nharo rukongo sasekuruvako unofa sebete

Jonso - 14 April 2015

I have no sympathy for you Mliswa.You must test your own medicine.

Save Dziva - 15 April 2015

Mliswa is right. He is making Zanu PF grade roads, buy books for schools and drll boreholes. I am 100% sure that he is winning this election.

Dee - 15 April 2015

Things are tough gentlemem

bareavem - 15 April 2015

Make them work like donkeys .that's a good way of policing people who do not want to work . u are a psychologist Mr Mliswa thumps up.

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cartridge gallery - 15 April 2015

what goes around certainly comes around Themba.dai vakakurova chaizvo umbonzwawo kuti zvinodii,jus like you did to those boys you accused of stealing yo fertilizer;that poor man you robbed of his houses and machinery;that man you branded like a bull;those poor workers vawairova;the poor guy who died when you grabbed that service station.....the list is endless and i was there and saw it all.enjoy yo stay at Hotel Jerefornia Shumba.

skillaz - 16 April 2015

The truth is that these guys expelled form ZPF are tasting their own medicine. had they not been expelled they would be peddling the same tricks against the opposition candidates. We all know now that when you are a Zanoid you have a use- by- date. Once your have expired you are thrown out to the dogs. Go back and read the things that this guy used to do when the going was good for him. Why is it that all of sudden they realize that people should come first? The whole lot is now speaking for the people when they spent decades perfecting ZPF machinery. To hell with them!!!! Our liberation should come from elsewhere not these thugs, looters and pretenders, hypocrites.

Mhofu YeMukono - 17 April 2015

go ahead son of the soil we need to stop this madness i will be there soon to help you with fellow comrades of our Zanu people first to deal with the weevils

carson macate - 17 April 2015

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