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Minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka Accused Of Orchestrating Arrests Of Rivals

23 September 2021

Mashonaland Provincial Affairs minister, Mary Mliswa-Chikoka has been accused of orchestrating the arrests of her rivals in a bid to increase her chances of winning the ZANI PF provincial chairmanship.

Vengai Musengi, who is also eyeing the party's provincial chairmanship accuses Mary of getting his allies arrested.

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The Zanu PF provincial chairperson’s post fell vacant following the elevation of Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi to the party’s politburo, recently.

Musengi pleaded with ZANU PF politburo secretary Lovemore Matuke during a provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meeting held in Chinhoyi on Sunday, to rein in Mliswa-Chikoka.

He also alleged Mliswa-Chikoka was abusing her office by inviting her brother, independent Norton legislator Temba Mliswa to attend Zanu PF events.

Musengi claimed, by denigrating Mary's rivals on social media, Temba was indirectly attacking President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF as a party.

I am being attacked by Temba on social media, but people come to my inbox and advise me not to respond. Some of the things he is saying are damaging the party. He scolds us on social media, and ironically after that you see Temba at the top table when we have President’s programmes....

Some party youths are being arrested willy-nilly on trumped up charges allegedly because they belong to me. As Mashonaland West, we have a very big problem, as we go towards elections, let us not resort to help of the police to wriggle our way to power. If your work hard for the party, voters will retain you.

He also issued a declaration banishing Temba Mliswa from attending events officiated by President Mnangagwa.

Musengi, Mliswa-Chikoka, acting Zanu PF provincial chairman Abie Mujere, and Information deputy minister Kindness Paradza are set to contest the chairmanship.

More: NewZimbabwe