"I Support Mnangagwa But I Won't Rejoin Zanu-PF": Mliswa
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa (Independent) has dismissed reports by State owned media that he was considering rejoining the Zanu-PF although he said he is supporting Emmerson Mnangagwa in the upcoming elections.
Below is an excerpt of his interview with NewDay’s (ND), Veneranda Langa:
ND: Is it true that you are considering re-joining Zanu PF? If not, which constituency will you contest during the upcoming elections?
TM: It is not true, I enjoy my independence. In Parliament, I contribute positively in support of serious motions on corruption, elections and violence raised by the opposition MDC-T. I also support positive policies by Zanu PF like the land reform programme. I cannot go back to Zanu PF for as long as they have not invited back people like Jabulani Sibanda (former war veterans leader), Didymus Mutasa (former Presidential Affairs minister), Ray Kaukonde (ex-Mashonaland East provincial chair) and even National People’s Party leader Amai Joice Mujuru. Why approach people in dribs and drabs? I am very confident of winning elections as an independent in any constituency. From next week I am going to Norton to talk to people about my performance and whether they still want me for their MP. That will tell me whether I will be standing in Hurungwe West where I do not have to talk to people and am assured of a 95% win.
ND: Which presidential candidate will you support?
TM: Mnangagwa is my presidential candidate. I do not have to re-join Zanu PF to support him. I believe I want to be part of his leadership, but I do not have to be part of his party. Political parties have no room to accept criticism, you get fired, and that is why I am comfortable as an independent MP. They are not mature enough like in the United States where you can criticise the Republican president, but you can remain a Republican. Our politics is not mature enough.