I'm ready to die for Hurungwe: Mliswa

HARARE - Expelled Hurungwe West legislator and former Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairman — Temba Mliswa (pictured) — is not fazed by the State machinery and security agents deployed in his constituency by his former party — declaring he will die for his people.

Our chief writer Fungi Kwaramba interviewed the fiery politician and below are the excerpts of the interview.

Q:  People sometimes view you as a racist and a land grabber, how do you respond to that?

A: I never invaded a farm. They (people) must understand that when I got this land I talked to the whites who were on the farms, we made agreements and went before the courts.

I paid for the cattle and the equipment. I had some money that I had saved and some of the farmers wanted to leave their farms in the hands of someone who was capable.

I have the papers that prove I bought the farm and I was never a front of the white farmers. I had saved some money and with my parents’ help, I managed to buy the cattle and equipment. The land reform was a very good programme.

Q: What about the indigenisation programme?

A: It is certainly a good programme but unlike the land reform programme it is not broad based, it has became a cartel for a few individuals.

It’s unfortunate that the law gives the minister(Lands) the sole discretion to make decisions and therefore can be abused. But you do not want to give one person such powers, now some of these ministers have riches they cannot account for.

Q: Why are you speaking about this now?

A: If you follow Temba Mliswa, I have always been outspoken. I was critical of the party. I pointed to corruption even when I was still in the party. I know of multiple land owners and I alerted the relevant authorities. It is my position and principle that they are not comfortable with it because the things that I believe in are factual and real and I will remain outspoken.

Q: What is the stumbling block against tackling corruption?

A: There is reluctance to investigate those who are alleged to be corrupt. Most of these ministers are warehousing their moneys and they hide behind some people, but if proper investigations are carried out you will find out that most of these ministers are corrupt. The President (Robert Mugabe) has spoken of zero tolerance to corruption and it is time for action.

Q: You have named some very powerful ministers are you not scared of jail or your life?

A: Hebrew 6 verse 3 is very clear: “Trust in me not man, fear me not man.”  I am very religious about what I believe in and I am ready to die for what I believe in.

If I am to die because of politics then I will die. For now, I will speak.  I live for now, I do not live for tomorrow.

The issues I am highlighting are serious and should be investigated. I have been before the courts and acquitted and those who are alleged to be corrupt should also be brought to book and answer to the charges. I do not fear man, it’s against my beliefs. I want to leave something for my kids and that is a good Zimbabwe.

Q: Why did you choose Hurungwe when you are not from there?

A: I have been in Hurungwe since 2005; people do not know the kind of relationship I have with the constituents. They were neglected and as a successful farmer I helped them.

I targeted the place because it had been neglected by politicians. It was those people who approached me and said I should be an MP. I wanted to improve the area. I bought implements from Bulawayo which were meant for the mechanisation programme, harrows, ploughs and scotch carts and gave to them because they never benefited from the programme.

What is happening in Hurungwe right now is something that I have always wanted, that the area goes under the spotlight. There is attention and that can only bring good things to the area

Q: What have you done for the people of Hurungwe to improve their lot?

A: I pay school fees for 1 200 children and at university level I pay fees for at least 200 students annually. That is how you bring development to an area. I do not get anything from there, I am there to serve.

Q: Zanu PF has thrown everything in the Hurungwe polls, and you are viewed as the embodiment of the Mai Joice Mujuru faction and they want to stop you. What’s your reaction to this?

A: This talk of Mai Mujuru has divided the party. I was hoping after congress people would sit down and forgive each other but the purging did not stop and people used the opportunity to settle scores. In Mashonaland West comrade Ignatius Chombo (Zanu PF secretary for administration) never liked me. He always regarded me as a threat because I am outspoken and dynamic.

The same with the acting chairman Ziyambi Ziyambi. He has no political gravitas and we brought him to politics, because we wanted new guys who are educated. I don’t come from Hurungwe West but the people there like me.

Some of the people who are now attacking Mai Mujuru like Saviour Kasukuwere were her ardent supporters in 2004 when some of us were supporting VP Mnangagwa, but when he did not make it we conformed to what the party wanted.

Q: Why are you so confident of victory?

A: It is the role of the commissariat department to campaign for Zanu PF. This was a good opportunity to test the strength of Zanu PF and not to rope in the State which must protect all of us. They are lying to themselves if they decide to rig the elections. Who are you cheating? You are cheating yourself. Zanu PF lost the support of the people in 2008.  I wrestled the seat from the MDC. The party has no support at all.

Q: Do you still love Zanu PF?

A: The party expelled me I did not leave Zanu PF. To me there are a lot of positive things about Zanu PF, for instance I love the president he is an upright man. Whether it’s a weakness or not I still love him, maybe it’s the fact that I have met him on several occasions and understand him.

He is a good man but is surrounded by liars. I would like to see the party maintaining its liberation ideals but the young Turks, the Saviour Kasukuweres (Zanu PF political commissar) of this world are too power hungry and have forgotten about the liberation struggle.

Q: Are you saying there is still factionalism in Zanu PF even after your expulsion along with many other perceived factionalists?

A: Currently, there are two factions, one supported by the war veterans, the President, VP Emmerson Mnangagwa, VP Phelekezela Mphoko, cdes like Oppah Muchinguri, cde Chris Mutsvangwa, these are comrades who understand the struggle and we have the young Turks faction that includes Kasukuwere, the Jonathan Moyos, the Chombos — they have their own agenda, but they do not control the people.

The good thing about having war veterans in power is that they will never forget the revolution and the people, but when you have people who were supposed to be in war like Chombo but were not and are now in power, you ask yourself why didn’t they go to the war. We want young people who will guard jealously the gains of the liberation struggle — but this group is there only to protect their interests.

Q: What is your view of the People First movement?

A: When people have been kicked out of a house, even children, they can build their own house.

People are thinking of setting up another party because they have been kicked out from the only one they ever knew. I feel for people like cde Didymus Mutasa, he is over 80 years old.

He has been loyal to the president. He has been loyal to the party and my prayer is that one day the good Lord arranges a meeting between him and the president.

Q: Are you a member of the People First?

A: I am looking at something that is bigger. I have spoken about the need for a grand coalition that will also include Zanu PF. The president has been able to keep the party together but everything comes to an end, people are now looking beyond him and that is inevitable.

Q: What is your relationship with VP Mnangagwa?

A: He has a great track record. He is a war veteran and he has been involved in the governance of this country for a long time now.

He has worked closely with the president and he is a great professional. Yes, we are cousins there is no two ways about that.

The last time I saw him he told me in uncertain terms that I cannot stand as an independent and fight the party. He told me to learn from him, his patience, but it is about generations.

His generation decided to go to war and this time we are at a different level. I wish he could come in and bring stability to the party and stop the purges.

Comments (24)

Kana chirichokwadi chauri kuzuwa kuti unobetsera vana kubhadhara maschool fees aiwa ndimwi vatinoti vatungamiriri vanoba vachidhla nevamwe . Ramba wakadaro ndokugona kugarisana nevanhu kauku munhu asingafungi dumbu rake oga saChombo tinomukurudzira ndinoti Hurungwe zvirikwamuri musiwa10 Chikunguru kuvhotera zhara kana maguta

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 26 April 2015

Hurungwe is my home area .It is true there is a an MP'committee that pays school fees ,seeds ,lots of grind,ills that have been installed just to cater for the maginalised .All this came during Honourable Mliswa tenure .Right now maroads ave kugadzirwa ne ZPF candidate something that was last done 15yrs ago .Unfortunately this ZPF candidate haana grassroots support .Anogaraa kuHarare where as Cde Mliswa is a resident farmer kuHurungwe .He has a hard earned massive grassroots support. Cde Mliswa murishasha uye munogona .This is more like trying to replace CDE Chinos ne urban based MP .

Leon - 26 April 2015

What a ridiculous statement to make: die for a constituency. Mliswa you need to ask Zimbabwe for forgiveness and get your life right with God and then He will guide your steps.

TruthBTold - 26 April 2015

Two questions for Hon Mliswa: 1. Ko pamakabvuta video yema recordings e Constitutional making process mukamhanya nayo, zvaimbofamba sei? 2. Mari yamuri kubartsira nayo mu Constituency muri kuiwana kubva kupi?

Daniel Berejena - 26 April 2015

vamuliswa ndizvo hatichadi mbokondzino sarudzwa dzakamirira chi part chana saviour mboko kasukuwere. go temba go tinodada newe ku hurungweeeeee

tawana - 26 April 2015

If any one still thinking the racial land reform was a good thing please mark that person he is not part of the many suffering masses of this country . World wide every one knows our economy was agro based and when a political gimmick was introduced in the form of giving land to blacks bcoz the labour party was gaining serious ground our economy collapsed now how do you call such a project which is so destructive a good thing . Mliswa is there to win his seat as an independent then go back to his lovely party zanu just like what motor mouth Moyo did . It is very very important for people to be careful not to be fooled and associate politically with anyone from zanu remember a snake will remain like that for million years to come .

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dr - 26 April 2015

Ummm there is need to be critical about some things in this article. Mliswa says he pays fees for 1200 children in primary school for argument sake lets say he pays $ 50 (fees for rural areas) for each child that would be $60 000 a term and $180 000 a year. For university lets say these are local universities and he pay $600 a semester for 200 children that's $120 000 a semester and $240 000 a year. This means that Mliswa spends at least $420 000 a year. How true can this be? Almost $500 000 a year? Please Daily news lets have an proper analysis of this issues. What is the sources of his funds?

Sister - 27 April 2015

Ummm. Is this same guy akabvuta nefraud Spring farm and has mountains of files ku police dze theft? Standard Newspaper / daily news - you have back issues dze macases ake aiunzwa ne ma commercial farmers but you selective ly forget to ask him how he got the farm? I know all as he had an office at NetOne biding diduring that time and we shared same building. was there is need to be critical about some things in this article. Mliswa says he pays fees for 1200 children in primary school for argument sake lets say he pays $ 50 (fees for rural areas) for each child that would be $60 000 a term and $180 000 a year. For university lets say these are local universities and he pay $600 a semester for 200 children that's $120 000 a semester and $240 000 a year. This means that Mliswa spends at least $420 000 a year. How true can this be? Almost $500 000 a year? Please Daily news lets have an proper analysis of this issues. What is the sources of his funds? Sister - 27 April 2015

Peter Chimedza (weKaroi) - 27 April 2015

@Sister matora musana wangu chaiwo. Ndo-analysis yandakudzidzisai kucollege chaiyo iyi. Don't just accept anything because it is written in a newspaper. That way you guard yourself against propaganda, brainwashing and even vegetation. Good one!

Kunda Kinde - 27 April 2015

politics kkk

benco - 27 April 2015

Roughly rural schools cost $10-20 per term Primary and those university kids maybe on cardateship where he is Paying the balance that is needed i.e about half of it so not that i support things here that figure you calculated sister maybe just 40% of it i what he pays. He can do it by setting up trust and seeking donations through that trust meaning from his pocket it may just be 5-10% if at all.

Tawa - 27 April 2015

When the daily news weredoing this interview with the honourable cde where were they? If at his farm then he need not have asked too much but just go to his school in the yard. Maybe he would see real development and a school resembling 2015. Wake up. Mliswa never does anything for nothing. He is a liar who lied to farmers saying he would safekeep equipment and cattle for them. There is no truths and any semblence of remorse in this man. He has further his political career by using hoodlum tacktics and at the end of it all he knows this. Are there adquate books for school children at your farm school mr mliswa? Paying fees for two kids one a girl you withdrew from boarding to chikangwe is hardly for 20 kids. Please vote for this man at your own peril. What about the case where you used a cattle branding machine on some of your workers ? Do you remember all this? I dont mean to bring you down but where was that verse you quoted again when you were doing all this? I mean people do change but not you.

Rafael santos - 27 April 2015

Sister analysis dzako hadzishande pano ndekupi kumusha kune zvikoro zvinobhadharisa $50 kuprimary zimbawe ine education for all ma@10-$15 a term after all listen to people from hurungwe not silly analysis

stann - 27 April 2015

Sister analysis dzako hadzishande pano ndekupi kumusha kune zvikoro zvinobhadharisa $50 kuprimary zimbawe ine education for all ma@10-$15 a term after all listen to people from hurungwe not silly analysis

stann - 27 April 2015

@Rafael santos did he really do that.i mean zvechokwadi people were branded like cattle?

3poops - 27 April 2015

Hebrews 6 verse 3 does not say that at all. it says "And this we will[a] do if God permits."

Bhaibheri - 27 April 2015

Mr Mliswa just like all the other MPS before you you have neglected the people who live in areassuach as Doro, Masanga, kajekache, Nyangwizhu. Our road is in a sorry state and has not been rehabilitated in 20 years. So what development are you bringing to the community when people cannot travel to their rural homes. People to people development is the best development strategy for rural people but this can only be achieved through the development of infrastructure such as roads. Most of us cant go to the rural areas because of the bad state of our roads. I was in Kajekache pa easter and road yacho haifambe kana chireyi chaicho

gwandove - 27 April 2015

You are scared of $ 500 000 per year its nothing some people have money

money - 27 April 2015

Ask all the people in karoi, chikangwe and anyone genuinelyfrom karoi they know this.

Rafael santos - 27 April 2015

Lets not fool each other. Leon, do you really come from Hurungwe or you are just a campaign mgr with not much background. Do you know Mliswa. What development done by Mliswa is worth talking in Hurungwe. Leon, if you are from Hurungwe, truly speaking, what development has Mliswa done in Hurungwe. Go to Deve, Chiroti, Nyagwizhu, Doro, Masanga and Kajekache and tell us what development was done in those areas. These are areas that were under this guy Mliswa. He has done virtually nothing in these areas. Mliswa has abused the people in Hurungwe for a long time. He threatens them day in day out. He forces them to work at his farm for nothing and when they try to complain, he threatens them. Go to Hurungwe and listen to what those folks says. Its pathetic. They is no way Mliswa can develop Hurungwe. He does not know Hurungwe area including its people. That guy just came from nowhere to be MP for Hurungwe. A lot of areas are not accessible with simple mobile machinery. You need either a 4x4 or a helicopter. Tables are now turning. You reap what you sow. Sorry Mliswa, I come from Hurungwe and my great, great, great, great father is from Hurungwe. You have done nothing in this are worth talking about besides lies and suffering

hurungwe - 27 April 2015

No no no no Mliswa. Don't die for Hurungwe. Please. Leave Hurungwe alone. Enda unofira kumusha kwako. Not Hurungwe please. Hatidi ngozi kuHurungwe.

hurungwe - 27 April 2015

You might think you are popular in Hurungwe Mliswa. Just wait and see.

hurungwe - 27 April 2015

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