HARARE – Temba Mliswa, the Hurungwe West aspiring Zanu PF MP has claimed that Mashonaland West provincial chairman John Mafa unsuccessfully tried to block his candidature for the parliamentary seat.
The claims by the outspoken businessman-cum-politician come hardly a week after he was confirmed as the party candidate for the constituency.
Mliswa told the Daily News that Mafa, who lost to party national commissar Webster Shamu in the primary elections in Chegutu East, had called him just before the sitting of the Nomination Court informing him that President Robert Mugabe was opposed to his candidature.
“There are people in the party including the provincial chairman Mafa who were opposed to me and other comrades’ candidature,” Mliswa said.
“After they had failed to stop us in the primaries, they attempted to stop us at the Nomination Court by alleging that the president was opposed to our candidature and had ordered our withdrawal.
“The chairman actually phoned to inform me about that and he indicated that the message had also been communicated to party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa.”
Mafa however, denied the allegations.
“It is a lie, I actually signed Mliswa’s papers and if the president had instructed that he should not stand, I was not going to sign,” Mafa said.
“People are just trying to be slanderous and want to have us fight against each other using you the Daily News, musashandiswa ne mhandu”.
Didymus Mutasa, the Zanu PF secretary for administration, said Mugabe did not bar Mliswa from representing the party.
“I don’t think that the president said that, people are lying and being mischievous,” Mutasa said.
The former ruling party’s primary elections held last week were largely shambolic with allegations of vote rigging which has seen dozens from various constituencies countrywide demonstrate at the party headquarters and some even threatening to sabotage the party in the poll.