'Mliswa a political prostitute'

HARARE - Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, has slammed Norton Parliamentary by-election candidate, Temba Mliswa, labelling him a “political prostitute”.

The combative Kasukuwere, who was addressing his party’s rally in Norton on Wednesday, said Mliswa — a former Zanu PF Hurungwe West legislator and staunch President Robert Mugabe supporter — was “driven by ulterior motives and will skip onto another gravy train after he is defeated”.

Mliswa is contesting the Norton by-election — set for October 22, as an independent candidate, with the backing of some war veterans, after he was expelled from the ruling party.

“Temba, who are you standing for? Independent of whom? Mufambi ndoga (loner),” Kasukuwere questioned as he addressed supporters backing Zanu PF’s candidate for the by-election, Ronald Chindedza.

“Those who want to go to the president must go through his son (Chindedza). What about you, a one man band, what is your story?” he bellowed.

The Local Government minister said Norton should not be used as a litmus test by opposition parties who say they want to use the by-election to send a strong message to Mugabe that his time is up.

“We don’t want Norton to be used. You are not going to be a test case that this is what will happen in the 2018 elections. Refuse that,” Kasukuwere said.

The Zanu PF politburo member said Mliswa was not loyal.

“Today, you are in Hurungwe, tomorrow you hear there is something in Norton you are there, the next day in (Mt) Darwin you will be there, in Gweru you are there. Is that a party? He doesn’t want to serve Norton but he has his own ulterior motives which you will see in the fullness of time,” he said.

“He (Mliswa) has just received $150 000 from another country to come and sway the people of Norton. It’s not a small game anymore. He is being funded by the British, by Germans. What is their interest?

“You don’t need this.  You need development. You need Norton to go forward.”

Kasukuwere’s remarks come as the ruling Zanu PF has gone into overdrive ahead of the by-election, whose outcome observers believe could be an omen of what lies ahead in the 2018 national polls.

He called on church leaders to vote for Chindedza, insisting he is the only one who could be heard by Mugabe.

Apart from Mliswa, Chindedza will lock horns with David Choga of the National Constitutional Assembly.

Kasukuwere’s attack on Mliswa comes as the party is desperate to hold on to the Norton parliamentary seat that fell vacant following the expulsion of war veterans leader, Christopher Mutsvangwa, for allegedly undermining Mugabe’s authority.

Comments (3)

I must start this posting by disclosing that I am no fan of Mliswa by any stretch of the imagination. However, what is quite astonishing fo rme is the rhetoric of Kasukuwere. Notice how he only tarnishes and pulls Themba down. What is the vision of his candidate? Why should Norton residents vote for Chindedza and not just against Mliswa? What has ZANU PF done to move Norton forward in terms of real progress? Where is the evidence to say here is why we need your vote? Nothing! Zero, Zilch! So when Themba and anyone else runs for office they are being funded by foreigners? It is the most dishonest thing in Zimbabwean politics. The Europeans are giving oodles for cash to Kasukuwere and company for personal gains, and they lament it when political opponents get funding! I hate to say this but Zimbabwe is being run by iditos and morons who are only in it for themselves. So Saviour.. Do us a favour and save us from your stupid and tired ass nonsense. Shame on you.. If you want to campaign for Chindedza, please do so on the merits of his candidacy, and not intimidation and unfounded consipiracy

gudo - 14 October 2016

Kule Gudo you are too right, this fool insulted the intelligence of the crowd.

mukwerekwere - 14 October 2016

kana kuitwa madofo kwacho. uku kwakanyanya.

yuks - 16 October 2016

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