PDP backs Temba Mliswa

HARARE - People's Democratic Party (PDP) has thrown its weight behind former Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa, who is standing as an independent candidate in the Norton constituency by-election.

The Norton constituency seat was left vacant following the expulsion of former War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa from the ruling party Zanu PF in July.

In a statement, PDP secretary for elections Settlement Chikwinya called upon voters in Norton to vote for Mliswa, who is also the Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard) leader.

“…we urge the people of Norton to support…Mliswa in his quest to block Zanu PF to claim the seat. We are tired of Zanu PF, they must not be allowed to win any election in Zimbabwe while Zimbabweans are watching,” Chikwinya said.

The Tendai Biti-led political party has not fielded a candidate in the by-election, arguing that it is against election without reforms.

The party is of the view that in order for the country to have a free and fair election, there must be electoral reforms first.

“In-line with the benchmarks we set as part of the political roadmap in Agenda for Restoration and Rehabilitation of Electoral Sustainability (Arrest), we have supported the efforts of nascent social movements like #Tajamuka and #ThisFlag, Occupy Africa Unity Square, Unemployed Youth Organisation.

“To this end, we have also taken part in the demonstrations being held under National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) in demand of electoral reforms and have been in support of demonstrations held by other social movements in Zimbabwe and in the Diaspora,” Chikwinya said.

Justifying its support for Mliswa, the party said, “despite the fact that the PDP is against an election without reform, we are of the view that any fight against Zanu PF is worth pursuing.”

The former Hurungwe West legislator will be battling it out with David Choga from the National Constitutional Assembly and Ronald Chindedza from Zanu PF in the by-election slated for October 22.

Mliswa was expelled from Zanu PF in 2014 and he went on to contest the by-elections for Hurungwe West as an independent candidate but lost controversially to Zanu PF’s Keith Guzah.

He challenged the outcome at the Constitutional Court, arguing that Guzah was not a registered voter in the area.

However, the court ruled that one does not need to be a registered voter in the Constituency that he might need to stand as a Member of Parliament, but simply has to be a registered voter.

And the voluble politician has used the same law to bid for the Norton constituency.

Comments (4)

Nothing to celebrate here Mliswa. PDP has no support and they are not known. Only their wives and children know them.

Chido - 3 October 2016

courage is really important. to stand up against zanu is courage chaiyo. mliswa is standing up. standing up and being counted. it is not easy to challenge them

kelly - 3 October 2016

Mliswa is a hot head,he used to be a staunch follower of the ZANU PF cult. He & People First have a lot of work to do,to atone for what they've done to Zimbabwe

Julius Nyerere - 3 October 2016

This man took a british mans business by force Tendai is making a big mistake

Hapere - 4 October 2016

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