Senior Zanu PF officials in the Midlands Province are reportedly worried over outspoken Norton independent MP Temba Mliswa’s motives for commissioning various development projects in his village in Shurugwi.
There are concerns that Mliswa may contest in one of the Shurugwi constituencies during the 2023 general elections.
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A senior Midlands ruling party leader who spoke to The News Hawks said even President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allies, July Moyo and Owen Ncube are in panic mode, while Shurugwi South MP Edmond Murakatigwa is said to be the most vulnerable. The official is quoted as saying:
The Zanu PF Midlands leadership is panicking over Mliswa’s political moves and development activities, which are community-based yet clearly electoral at the same time.
Mukaratigwa is obviously the most affected, but even some national leaders from our province, including the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa)’s allies like July Moyo and Owen Ncube, are panicking.
They don’t want Mliswa here. They say he will cause divisions and chaos – the sort of problems associated with him when he was Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairman.
So his political manoeuvres and development activities in Shurugwi South are not welcome by some political heavyweights here, although the community and villagers are happy.
Mliswa originally comes from Shurugwi South under Gamwa Section, Shamba Circuit, Ward 5 in an area called Mliswa Village.
He was previously Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chair during the late former president Robert Mugabe’s rule and is also a former Hurungwe West MP.