Mliswa confident of thrashing Zanu PF

HARARE - Despite having been arrested several times and his supporters being subjected to brutal attacks by Zanu PF apparatchiks ahead of Wednesday’s by-elections that are being boycotted by the country’s main opposition, Temba Mliswa is confident that he will regain the hotly-contested Hurungwe West seat.

In a statement yesterday, the garrulous former Zanu PF chairman for Mashonaland West before his expulsion from the party, said while he had watched helplessly as his supporters — including his chief elections officer Goodwell Zinyama — were being arrested and victimised, he was nevertheless confident that he would win the seat.

“The decision to participate or stand for office as a citizen is a right bestowed to every individual and should be peacefully enjoyed. This right remains grounded in the ethos of the liberation struggle, one in which great sacrifices were made by ordinary, gallant and dedicated daughters and sons of Zimbabwe.

“This right should be cherished and guarded jealously, without anyone claiming superior entitlement. We are equal before the law and under God,” Mliswa said.

A panicky Zanu PF has so far dispatched its two vice presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa, as it cranked up its campaigns for its embattled candidate Keith Guzah -- who has faced all kinds of allegations.

And with the by-elections only a day away, Mliswa claimed that Guzah was guilty of transporting people from outside Hurungwe West in his desperate bid to win the constituency.

“Following my decision to stand as an independent candidate, residents and constituent members of Hurungwe West have been mercilessly subjected to varying forms and degrees of violence, all intended to undermine the existence of a conducive environment for the holding of free, fair and credible elections.

“The continued prevalence of coercive campaign methods, violence and intimidation unfortunately prevailing in Hurungwe West defies these fundamental tenets and principles which are founding values of the Zimbabwe we covet as provided in the Constitution.

“As an aspiring independent candidate, I have registered these concerns on numerous occasions with the authorities, including with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec),” Mliswa said.

Blasting Zec, the statutory body mandated with conducting elections in the country, Mliswa said if the institution had any modicum of “decency and justice” it would postpone the violence-mired polls.

“It is saddening to note that the institutions mandated with safeguarding our lives and rights have been subverted, rendered impotent and unable to protect the many innocent, defenceless, unarmed citizens under attack from supposed custodians of national values.

“To restore confidence in institutions and systems, the responsible authorities need to urgently return to their constitutionally-enshrined mandate for purposes of instilling confidence in the electorate and citizens to avert the situation of our country being seen and viewed as a pariah state with selective application of the law,” he said.

But despite what he referred to as an uneven playing field, Mliswa said he was being spurred on by the resilience demonstrated by the fearless villagers of Hurungwe.

“Humbled and encouraged by such commitment, sacrifices and resilience by ordinary citizens of Zimbabwe and the constituents of Hurungwe West, as an individual, I affirm my resolve to stand for what is just and fair, the civil heroes and heroines of Hurungwe West and Zimbabwe will emerge victorious and justice and peace shall reign once again,” he said.

Comments (11)

Nhasi zvakwauri vavakuti zvaipa. You were part of the same system but you did not realise it. You helped develop this devilish system. face it

ndagaya manje - 8 June 2015

Zvaiwana ngwarati kudya ivete.

Wasu - 8 June 2015

Temba you are all alone in this bra. Just yesterday you enjoyed the same privilages. So whats wrong in having atest of your medicine. Welcome to the other side of the world. Haulume apa shamwari, you know it deep down.

felix - 9 June 2015

wakwara mliswa zvaiwana ngwarati kudya ivete....hanty u were part of the same regime that left many being widows,widowers and opharns in 2008. rohwa uyezve dai wakanyatsosungwa zvachose

zvaiwana ngwarati - 9 June 2015

regai mfana azame noto. he is a rugby person. lets wait and see kunowira tsvimbo ne dobwe.

taurai - 9 June 2015

u enjoyed the ride during your Zanu manhando era now love the ending

nasty o - 9 June 2015

Comments here show that Zimbabweans are a confused lot,they cry for change but do not want people to change.Zimbas in general are sadists,this i have noted thru reading various comments on various social platforms.Look here,who is a better devil here,Temba or Keith?If you say none then you got sewage upstairs.Temba has now learned a lot and we shld be encouraging anything that causes a dent on ZANUPF rule in this country.Look at Temba's courage at confronting ZANU alone,not as a Party,but alone!Look at the state machinery and personnel availed just against him,i can tell you,no single constituents outside Hurungwe had seen the 2 VPs compaigning together.I support Temba,Morgen chickened out,as such he sold out.I think he is now tired of this fight.He is now praying for devine intervention,and fate has produced Temba for us.His win will motivate a lot of people.I will never be fooled by people who say ZANU rig elections,no,ZANU doesnt,but it uses a weapon it mastered during the struggle,and perfected it so well......INTIMIDATION &Torture.Those who talk of rigging have never been polling officers,agents or anything.Zanu makes people vote,Unotovhota kuti zvikubve and it wins.People enter the polling boot with fear,so lets respect Temba for daring tthem in the first place

wasu - 9 June 2015

that zimbabweans are sadists appears to be true @wasu. most people just negate others for the sack of it. we fail to read the game of politics and predict the necessary steps to a full democracy. i think most of the negative comments are from the tsvangirai clan. they think that the only opposite person to the current president should be morgan. that there are many other capable minds is foreign to their brains.

zvirozviyedza - 9 June 2015

Good luck Temba! Nyadzisa vavengi

Robert Junior - 10 June 2015

if you dont anything to say keep quite Mliswa have a point to make even in eternal affairs he has repented and is seeing the wrong is there anything bad with that o comments shows u dont want democracy ever to prevail in our country

rommel - 10 June 2015

Zimbabweans are not sadistic, but sensible. How can this man today start talking about violence at election time when yesterday he enjoy its fruits? I would understand if he started by admitting his guilt, then repenting. But he acts as though he is seeing violence for the first time. Not impressed; welcome to the other side brother, lets see how long you last.

Jonathan Moyo - 10 June 2015

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