Temba Mliswa to contest in Norton
By Trevor Makonyonga
Former ZANU PF Hurungwe Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa, is set to contest the vacant Norton Parliamentary seat in a bi-election.
Mliswa has been openly criticising ZANU PF’s rule and is prepared to reclaim a seat in the House of Assembly as an independent candidate.
Spokesperson of the Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (YARD), Mr. Tinotenda Mhungu confirmed that Mliswa is gearing up to contest in the bi-election.
Mhungu said, “He (Mliswa) is contesting. With regard to submissions, that can only be arranged after the ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) opens its electoral proceedings and announces the date of the nomination court. We have already started identifying the key areas and we are descending on Norton Constituency to meet the people.”
Mliswa is not a stranger in Norton is he was once sucked in the controversial settlement at an area known as Kingsdale. Some residents who spoke to Zimbabwe Newsday said that it will be essential for Mliswa to come to Norton to clear his name and get elected. Some of the residents said that since MDC and ZimPF are not contesting, Mliswa might have the majority votes as ZANU PF continues to be unpopular.
Mliswa might be facing off against one of Norton’s longest serving ZANU PF politicians and Central Committee member, Bybit Tsomondo. The Norton seat was left vacant after the then Member of Parliament and former War Veterans cabinet minister, Christopher Mutsvangwa, was expelled from ZANU PF and subsequently recalled from the House of Assembly.