I Don’t Do Bribes But I Do Consultancy And I Charge Mari Chaiyo: Mliswa
MEMBERS of Parliament in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy took to a WhatsApp group whose participants are members of the committee, to confront Temba Mliswa on the allegations he demanded bribes from a private contractor at Hwange Colliery.
The State media reports it has confirmed the authenticity of the WhatsApp Messenger thread, on which Mliswa went on a self-incriminating tirade, with at least six members of the portfolio committee some of whom concurred that it was indeed Mliswa.
Responding to one message from MP Tafanana Zhou (Mberengwa North), who had sought clarification on the legality of Mliswa conducting meetings outside the committee’s official business, the Norton legislator said he had a right to meet whoever he wished to.
He went on to tell his colleagues that there is life after parliament and that he needed to prepare for his family’s welfare after his time in parliament and does this by charging “consultancy fees”.
Mliswa, who in the tread maintained that he was no pushover, said he does not deal with small amounts like $400 000 as alleged by Mr Goddard but rather “charges” up to $150 million and singled out the US$165 million he once demanded from businessman Mr Muller Conrad “Billy” Rautenbach
“. . . even if I wanted to do business with Tundiya or Goddard, I am allowed,” wrote Hon Mliswa in chats our Harare Bureau has been exclusively favoured with.
“We have a life after Parly. My family must eat ka. What I don’t do is bribes but consultancy I do big time and I charge mari chaiyo like ($) 150 million with Billy Rautenbach. . . those are my figures,” charged Mliswa before warning MPs against deliberating on the issue.
Chiredzi North Member of Parliament, Cde Roy Bhila, then tried to restrain him, advising against him stifling freedom of expression in the portfolio committee to which Mliswa then said he was very powerful and will not be pushed out easily.
“I chaired PCC (Zanu-PF Provincial Coordinating Committee, before he was fired in 2014) and I also had my dogs I would use to bark. . . I also chaired Dynamos Football Club with vana Hon Femai. . . with that background. . . am no push over and you will try just like The Herald is doing. . . hausundi.
“I also belong to many cartels and (I) believe the other one I belong to is the most powerful,” confessed Mliswa.
On Monday, a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development hearing ended before it even started after members of the committee clashed on whether Mliswa was supposed to participate since he was facing allegations of demanding a bribe.
Tempers flared in the presence of acting Minister of Mines and Mining Development Winston Chitando who was due to give oral evidence on the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation.
All hell broke loose when Chiredzi North Member of Parliament Bhilah Royi said Mliswa should not be allowed to participate in the proceedings and should excuse himself from the committee until the allegations against him have been dealt with.
In response Mr Mliswa went into a fit of rage shouting at everyone in the House while resisting calls to recuse himself.
He exchanged harsh words with Chegutu West Parliamentarian, Dexter Nduna, whom he accused of being a thief.
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