Mliswa’s bail ruling reserved


HARARE – Businessman and politician Temba Mliswa will spend another day in remand prison before knowing his fate after High Court judge Francis Musakwa reserved bail ruling.

Mliswa is alleged to have masterminded the assault of Zanu PF Hurungwe East legislator Sarah Mahoka at Zimonja Business Centre in Zvipani, Hurungwe in what has been viewed as intra-party clashes ahead of internal primary elections.

Also a former fitness trainer, Mliswa, is jointly charged with Goodwell Zinyama, 49, Simbarashe Mamina, 30, Christopher Munakira, 35, Munyaradzi Mutami, 33, Judge Makwava, 34, January Mapfundematsva, 37, and Matilda Makwanya, 33.

Mliswa remained in custody after Chinhoyi magistrate Felix Mawadze denied him bail two weeks ago.

Mawadze ruled that Mliswa was not a suitable candidate considering the political volatility within the Hurungwe East constituency.

The magistrate said releasing Mliswa on bail could trigger unrest.

Mliswa’s attempt to have the matter referred to Harare was scuttled after Mawadze dismissed the application.

His lawyers Musindo Hungwe and Ray Tsvakwi of Kadzere, Hungwe and Mandevere law firm had argued that Mliswa would not get a fair trial in Chinhoyi citing political interference.

Mawadze dismissed the application on the basis that it would set a wrong precedence that all political cases can be moved to a different jurisdiction.

Allegations arose after intra-party political violence that rocked the area when a group of 13 youths allegedly attacked Mahoka and her supporters.

The youths reportedly accused Mahoka of propping up Dorcas Bere to represent the party as MP in the area ahead of Mliswa, who is also eyeing the seat.

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Mahoka is also the Zanu PF Women’s League provincial chairperson for Mashonaland West.

The bail ruling will be delivered tomorrow. – Tendai Kamhungira

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