ZANU PF VYING FOR PRODIGAL SON TEMBA MLISWA
Special advisor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Christopher Mutsvangwa, says the Zanu PF leader “loves” Temba Mliswa and he will soon be back in the ruling party.
Mliswa was Zanu PF’s Mashonaland West provincial chairperson before he was expelled from the party in 2014 together with the former Vice President Joice Mujuru for allegedly plotting to assassinate ex-President Robert Mugabe.
Mutsvangwa made the announcement in Norton Saturday night during a Christmas fundraising dinner which was hosted by Mliswa for the poor members of his constituency.
“I was with the President and he told me that he wants Temba to come back to Zanu PF. He loves him and very soon he will be back home,” said Mutsvangwa.
“Mliswa also wants to come back to Zanu PF and there is no reason why he cannot come back to Zanu PF because the bad people are gone; also he was very instrumental in making sure that these party hijackers are gone,” he said.
Zanu PF Mashonaland west provincial chairman and Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, who was the guest speaker at the event, also confirmed that President Mnangagwa wanted Mliswa back.
“The President said we no longer want this isolation even from other nations in the world, so honourable Mliswa we are hoping that from tonight you will be announcing that you are now a fully-fledged Zanu PF member and you do not need to write a letter; I am the chairperson of this province. What you need to do is just to state that you are now back,” said Ziyambi.
“Like what Minister Mutsvangwa said, the President loves Mliswa, he is very courageous, he pushes his point, he is very resilient,” said Ziyambi.
Responding to the offer, Mliswa said he wanted time to consider the readmission request.
“I want to respect the will of the people of Norton, they voted for me as an independent and I am now about to finish my term of office. Let me serve them as an independent and then a decision will then come afterwards,” said Mliswa.
Mliswa has previously vowed that he will never re-join Zanu PF. During the coup he openly supported the army and lobbied the regional leaders to recognise Mugabe’s removal as legitimate.