'Mash West is in my pocket'

HARARE - Former Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland West, Temba Mliswa, has made stunning claims that many of his erstwhile comrades in the ruling party still report to him and that they are also allegedly aligned to ousted former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

The garrulous politician’s claims follow last weekend’s ouster of Ziyambi Ziyambi, Mliswa’s successor on an interim basis as the provincial Zanu PF boss, on untested allegations that he leaked party secrets to his predecessor ahead of the June 10 by-election in Hurungwe West.

Mliswa told the Daily News yesterday that if Zanu PF wanted to completely rid the province of “Gamatoxes”, a complete overhaul of the structures would be have to be carried out.

Since the party’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare late last year, Zanu PF has been undertaking a controversial restructuring exercise that has seen a ruthless purging of all perceived allies of Mujuru, including former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo — on untested claims of plotting to oust and kill Mugabe.

But the firebrand former Zanu PF bigwig said singling out Ziyambi, as Mashonaland West was doing, was “a waste of time”, further claiming that he had “an octopus-like grip on the province” notwithstanding his expulsion from the ruling party.

“Everyone there is Gamatox. They all report to me because I appointed all of them. I have a database of the 311 districts whose chairpersons report to me almost daily.

“They will have to fire all the 311 chairpersons and others because my ghost will continue to haunt them,”  Mliswa boasted.

He added that he was so influential in the province that he had allegedly “masterminded” the victory of his June 10 by-election rival, Keith Guzah, in the internal Zanu PF primary elections to choose candidates to represent the party in the mini-poll.

Mliswa claimed that he had instructed district chairpersons to ensure Guzah, whom he considered a weaker candidate, won the right to represent Zanu PF against him in the by-election proper.

“I run this province and if you want I can show you proof that I directed chairpersons to ensure Keith’s victory,” he claimed.

He said Zanu PF was aware of the amount of work he had put into the structures when he was chairperson and that the ruling party was desperate to have him back in the fold as a result.

Mliswa also said he “pitied” Ziyambi, claiming that he (Ziyambi) was being “sacrificed after delivering victory for the party in Hurungwe West”.

“I have said that the Hurungwe West by-election was between me and the State and it was Ziyambi as deputy Home Affairs minister who deployed State security agents to campaign for Zanu PF.

“There is really nothing about Zanu PF that Ziyambi can leak to me because I know everything. I am the boss in the province so how can I not know what is happening in the party.

“The thing is that they want me back but I cannot be part of them because there is just too much in-fighting which I cannot bear,” Mliswa said.

A vote of no-confidence was passed on Ziyambi at the weekend, amid claims that party bigwigs were behind his ouster.

The no-confidence vote came hard on the heels of Ziyambi’s public embarrassment by First Lady Grace Mugabe who accused him of being dishonest after he allegedly disregarded a provincial women’s league decision to elect Angeline Muchemeyi as Mashonaland West chairwoman.

Comments (8)

i don't understand Zimbabweans why do they keep on being cheated election after election. whether Tsvangirai is not sharp but i think he can change things not anyone from ZANU they are dirty and they have masterminded the art of stealing and killing peop;le lets do away with the whole lot. Another party is needed

christen matomba - 15 July 2015

Cdes its an untold story for ZANU cadres let the music play louder kangoma karirisi koda kubvaruka. kkkkkkk

GAMATOX/gukurahundi - 15 July 2015

GAMA GAMA .....Ungariita sei? viva gamatox viva....viva people first viva......viva mjuru viva.......

gamatox remasvingo - 15 July 2015

I think Mliswa talks too much, he claims too much. If he was a schemer like he claims, he would not be such a loose cannon. He is up to further destabilising ZPF taking advantage of the helter skelter currently prevailing. I however think ZPF is too smart for that hog wash. During his bid to retake Hurungwe West he made numerous attempts to reach out for ED's hand on the bases of their common ethnic/tribal origin. He seriously want us to believe that ZPF is licking him to come back home, when its actually him who has lost all hope of being accepted back into the fold. My question is, what significant value will Mliswa add to ZPF if the party could win even with a weak candidate which he purports to have skillfully ensured was pitted against him. Mliswa grow up, this not students politics.

mlovshto - 15 July 2015

let him talk he s the BOSS

Big boss - 15 July 2015

This on going in fighting is just getting worse and a whole lot more confusing. When and where will it ever end, is a question everyone is asking? Such behaviour reflects gross political immaturity but one so typical of this sub continent giving outsiders the impression that this is typical of us and our culture. It turns away potential investors and leads to further economic instability. Sad days for all of us.

Fireforce Khumalo - 16 July 2015

There is still more to come, ........muchadzidza zvakawanda.

Tinomutenda Jay - 17 July 2015

hehehehheh big boss taurai tinzwe isu chedu kudzidza ko hanty igore rezvidzidzo here

Cde dzidzo inokosha - 20 July 2015

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