'I would rather die than rejoin Zanu PF'

HARARE - Independent Norton legislator Temba Mliswa, who was pictured in the company of Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere raising speculation that he was about to rejoin his erstwhile comrades said yesterday he would rather die than rejoin the ruling party.

Mliswa on Wednesday met with Kasukuwere at his Local Government and Housing ministry offices and the two were  apparently enjoying each other’s company.

Considering Mliswa’s often rabid criticism of Kasukuwere, the meeting caused quite a stir on social media, with some going as far as branding the outspoken politician a “political turncoat”.

However, in an unsolicited interview with the Daily News yesterday, the former Hurungwe West legislator said Zimbabweans must learn to embrace people of divergent views.

“My personal differences with Kasukuwere have nothing to do with government issues, he is a minister and has role of implementing government policies, especially on housing.

“Norton has several problems for instance the issue of almost 1 000 families that are facing eviction from a farm there.

“I stand for the people of Norton and I would rather die before I go back to Zanu PF,” said Mliswa.

After he romped to victory in the Norton by-election, the voluble politician openly mocked the ruling party’s secretary for the commissariat.

While Mliswa was an independent candidate only backed at the 11th hour by the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC, Zanu PF had a war chest that included housing stands, food hampers and other goodies.

During the tense campaign period, Kasukuwere was at the forefront of the ruling party campaign team, sledging Mliswa.

The Norton MP said he also took the opportunity to advise his old rival on the way forward for Zanu PF.

“I told him how Zanu PF lost and I told him that as long as you are the political commissar and the economy is like this, then Zanu PF will continue losing elections,” said Mliswa.

According to Mliswa, the land developers at Kingsdale, a farm that Zanu PF supporters had been given residential stands only to be evicted by the country’s courts, gave the occupiers a 10-year reprieve.

“I managed to convince the developer not to evict these people but to give them an extension.

“Most of these people are Zanu PF members and so I represent everyone in Norton. I told him everyone must benefit from the stands and he was agreeable to that.

“It was a professional discharge of duty. We are meeting again on Monday and I am also going to engage Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri on the issue of water in Norton,” said Mliswa.

Immediately after winning the Norton by-election, Mliswa was also pictured in the company of Gokwe Nembudziya MP, Mayor Wadyajena, prompting the G40 faction, to which Kasukuwere belongs, to claim the Team Lacoste faction had a hand in Mliswa victory.

Wadyajena is believed to be a member of the Team Lacoste faction that is reportedly led by vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Comments (5)

Temba ,little man.We thot we made it perfectly clear to yu in Norton.We will clean up zanu n get rid of the muggots that infiltrated the party and then yu renoin us.Maybe yu need to smitten some pple bt be very carefull what yu say now.Yu once said yu will never leave Zanu.Anyway stay smart yungman.Be blessed and keep our cell numbers and call when its the right time.

viola gwena - 18 November 2016

Themba,you really deserve a bat on your back,you know your role in govt,you were voted to represent the people in Norton and nothing more,use all tactics at your disposal and shame the devil.No minister has done like you ,keep it up but dont rejoin ZANU PF.

Prince - 18 November 2016

themba is a man of his words. l salute you! kamuitiro kako kanondispaka zvangu. vanokutya machinda ezanu pf ayo.

observer - 18 November 2016

Well spoken Temba! Zanu PF is a tried, tested and failed organization. 36 years of murdering citizen and looting national coffers.

Mbareboy - 19 November 2016

Best way to predict the future, is to create it. By choosing Zanu PF, irrespective of who will lea the mafia mob, we will have created a a doomed Zimbabwe.

Mbareboy - 19 November 2016

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