Temba Peter Mliswa|
September 1, 1971
|Occupation||Politician, Businessman, Sports coach|
|Years active||2000 to present|
|Illegal Possession of Firearms|
|Criminal status||Pending Judgement|
|Spouse(s)||Gracious Mabodza (former)|
|Children||2 daughters: Alexandra Thokozile Mliswa and Farai Mliswa|
Temba Mliswa is an outspoken former rugby coach, fitness trainer, Zimbabwean politician and former member of the ZANU-PF Party which he served as the provincial chairman of Mashonaland West Province before his ouster in December 2014 and subsequent expulsion. Mliswa is the current Member of Parliament for Norton Constituency having won the by-election on 22 October 2016.
- 1 Background
- 2 Early Sporting Career
- 3 Business Interests
- 4 2010 Arrests
- 5 Debt Crisis and Lawsuit
- 6 Dealings with Rautenbach
- 7 2014 Political Controversy and Corruption allegations
- 8 Dirty Dozen and Spygate Saga
- 9 Dirty Dozen & Zanu-PF factional fighting in 2014
- 10 Alleged Firearms Possession and Arrest
- 11 Expulsion From ZANU PF
- 12 Losing the Parliament Seat
- 13 Formation of YARD
- 14 Latest News
- 15 Latest Articles Created on Pindula
- 16 References
Temba Peter Mliswa was born in Zambia on 1 September 1971 and is the second born in a family of six, comprising three girls and boys. He eventually relocated to Zimbabwe with his family where he did his primary school and proceeded to Lord Malvern School and the famed St Faith’s Mission School in Manicaland Province for his secondary education. Mliswa grew up in Harare in the Waterfalls suburb living with his parents. He was married to Gracious Mabodza and the two have two daughters Alexandra and Farai.
Early Sporting Career
He was employed in 1988 by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) as a development officer, Mliswa also worked for the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) for a short time before leaving for the United Kingdom. During his stint with these organisations, Mliswa realised that cricket and rugby were largely dominated by whites and the indigenous population had very little chances of accessing them. Mliswa coached rugby at the prestigious Eaton School that was attended by Prince William and Harry. Mliswa advanced his studies in sport fitness in the United States before he returned to Zimbabwe. Armed with his qualifications, he entered the sporting, business and political terrains. Initially Mliswa confined himself to the sports domain where he set up Chimurenga Rugby to afford black Zimbabweans an opportunity to showcase their talent.
He was appointed fitness coach for the soccer national team and his training methods faced stiff resistance from the players and the public. Mliswa won the hearts of many soccer lovers and Zimbabwe National Soccer Team continued with his training regime culminating in the Warriors winning the Cosafa Cup. This was the first tournament won by the Warriors in over 15 years, of course, apart from the Cecafa – won in 1985. Mliswa also acted as fitness coach for Caps United Football Club and they won the BP Cup during his tenure. Prior to going to the US, Mliswa had talked his way into an invitation to England, where he set up his coaching credentials. He subsequently received a free three-month rugby education in New Zealand, and then accepted an invitation to go to the United States for further education.
Temba is the owner of Spring Farm in Karoi, a tobacco farm which was allocated to him as part of Zimbabwe's the controversial fast track land redistribution in the late 90s. Spring Farm itself is part of Saltlakes Holdings, a group of companies comprising Saltlakes Tobacco, Saltlakes Advisory and Saltlakes Implements. Together with Conrad “Billy” Rautenbach, he has an investment in a company called Ratings, which has leased vast sugar estates from the Agriculture Rural Development Authority (ARDA). The other stake in Ratings is owned by ARDA. Again with Rautenbach, Mliswa has an investment in a company called Clidder, which has investments Hwange Colliery Company Limited. Through a consortium called Lockcape Investments, Mliswa was shareholder in Meikles Limited and Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited (Now Afrasia Bank). Mliswa has shares in Benba, Aqua Crystal, Afriven Private Limited, and Nosho Motors.
In 2010, Mliswa (along with Martin Mutasa (Didymus Mutasa's son) and George Marere) spent weeks in prison after being arrested for charges of fraud involving US$1,05 million. The three were alleged to have defrauded a Harare man, Paul Westwood of his 50% shares of Noshio Motors, a registered car dealer company jointly owned by Westwood and Hammarskjöld Banda and his wife Brendaly. Mliswa was detained at Matapi police station in Mbare. Days earlier, Mliswa had threatened to reveal corrupt activities by Police Commissioner General, Augustine Chihuri. Mliswa had written a letter to Chihuri himself accusing him of being corrupt. Mliswa had said Chihuri must be brought before a commission of inquiry to answer questions of unlawful detention of innocent people. When he was arrested Mliswa said this was all part of him being "fixed" by Chihuri for the revelations he had made. After release on bail Mliswa was re-arrested and charged for crimes dating back to 2002, which included cases of assault and common assault, theft, public violence, contempt of court, extortion, malicious damage to property, Shop Licences Act violation, Firearms Act violation and house breaking. In court his lawyer queried why the alleged new cases took long to be reported. The police responded that Mliswa had intimidated police and because he was “untouchable”. Later the same month it was reported after meetings between the families of the Mliswa, Didymus Mutasa and Chihuri, Chihuri demanded an apology from Mliswa who was eventually released on bail.
Mliswa and his co-accused were acquitted of the Noshio fraud case in June 2011. Some of the other cases were also dropped in various other circumstances including state witnesses denying ever reporing Mliswa to the police. In August 2011, Mliswa and the others started proceedings top sue Chihuri and and the police (including several members in their individual capacity) for unlawful detention. They demanded US $500,000.
Debt Crisis and Lawsuit
In October 2014, Mliswa was dragged to court by the CBZ Bank Limited a subsidiary of the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe Holdings for a debt which he had accumulated to 2.7 million emanating from loans and advances which he got from the bank during the 2011 to 2012 farming season. The commercial bank lent Saltlakes Holdings Limited the money to buy tobacco from farmers and Mliswa bount himself as surety and the principal debtor. Saltlakes did not pay the loan resulting in the bank filing a lawsuit against Mliswa. It appears the financial crisis that Mliswa was facing was even made worse by rough waves in his political career amid speculations that the top leaders in his Zanu Pf party were planning to suspend himfor indiscipline and subordination. In 2015, Mliswa's property was attached after it was established that Mliswa owed a local bank a total of UD 3 million.
Dealings with Rautenbach
In September 2012, Mliswa revealed how he had used his political connections to help controversial businessman Billy Rautenbach attain a deal with the government for the Chisumbanje Ethanol plant and Hwange Colliery. Mliswa claimed then that Rautenbach had backtracked on a promise to give him 10% shareholding in the Chisumbanje plant. The two had an out of court settlement which Mliswa later claimed was arranged by his uncle Didymus Mutasa.
2014 Political Controversy and Corruption allegations
Reported as the result of faction fighting in Zanu-PF, the Rautenbach issue came to the fore again in March 2014 when the state media (The Herald)brought the issue up. The paper reported that Mliswa had demanded $100m for facilitating the clinching of coal and platinum concessions at Hwange Colliery Mine and Unki Mine, respectively, and $65 for Chisumbanje. it was further revealed that Mliswa had himself successfully applied for Chisumbanje but had no capacity to invest there hence bringing in Rautenbach.
Dirty Dozen and Spygate Saga
The dirty dozen comprised twelve Members of Parliament who received financial aid from the United States of America government through the U.S embassy in Harare. His actions were not welcomed by his fellow colleagues in the party considering the sour relations between the Zanu PF government and the U.S. In the same vein, he was also accused of spying against the government by giving classified information to one Eric Little who works for the U.S Embassy in Harare and is believed to be a member of the CIA. Due to the growing suspicion linked to him in the party, Mliswa was involved in a verbal war with a fellow party leader Beauty Zhuwawo wife of Patrick Zhuwawo at a provincial party meeting in Chinhoyi.
On 1 April 2012, Mliswa called a press conference where confirmed the facilitating of the deals in question and the participation of his uncle Didymus Mutasa in the out of court settlement with Rautenbach. He also confirmed that Arda board chair and former Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial chairperson Basil Nyabadza had been bribed by Rautenbach and that several other politicians, whom he threatened to expose too.
Mliswa said of his deal facilitation that "It is a normal business practice to demand a share of the cake if you are involved.". He then accused Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Jonathan Moyo of abusing the public media to settle political scores. To this Moyo responded: "This comrade is out of order." Moyo further said:
"The comrade has clearly been caught with his hands in the till and he thinks he can cover up his naked corruption by seeking refuge in what he declares to be his faction against what he imagines to be a rival faction.And the comrade’s self-indulgent claim that only the public media is uncovering corruption or that there’s a factional agenda to the coverage can only be believed by the walking dead among us." 
Dirty Dozen & Zanu-PF factional fighting in 2014
As part of the factional politics that raged in the months leading to the Zanu-PF 2014 December congress, Mliswa, along with 11 other Zanu-PF Mps, was accused of spying on behalf of the UK. The 12 were referred to in the media as the ZANU-PF Dirty Dozen.
At a press conference he called on 29 September to respond to the allegations, Mliswa hit at one of Zanu-PF factions labeling Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Patrick Zhuwawo as US spies and "gay gangsters".
Alleged Firearms Possession and Arrest
Mliswa was arrested on Saturday 31 January 2015 at his Spring farm in Karoi. He was accused of illegal possession of firearms which is a crime according to the Zimbabwean laws. According to the state media, Mliswa was found in possession of seven unregistered AK 47 assault rifles. He was expected to appear in court.
Expulsion From ZANU PF
Mliswa who had been in the media for varying reasons was reported to have been expelled from ZANU PF together with his uncle Didymus Mutasa on February 18, 2015. The expulsion of Mliswa follows a series of allegations on factionalism, insubordination, undermining the authority of party leaders just to mention a few.
Losing the Parliament Seat
Mliswa lost the parliament seat after ZANU-PF went on to claim the seat after the controversial expulsion. Under the constitution of Zimbabwe, a party has the power to reclaim a seat when a member has been expelled from the party. On 3 March 2015, the speaker of parliament announced that Mliswa had been expelled from parliament following ZANU-PF's request. This meant that the seat was now vacant and a by-election was imminent to determine the next member of parliament for the constituency.
Formation of YARD
Following his ouster, Mliswa launched Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy on October 2015. He was joined by ousted ZANU-PF youth members Godfrey Gomwe, Godwin Tsenengamu and Vengai Musengi in March 2016.
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