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Deposed Zanu PF Provincial Boss Faces Firearms Theft Charges

Former Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman and lawmaker, Temba Peter Mliswa, appeared Monday before a Chinhoyi magistrate facing charges of allegedly stealing firearms. (Photo: Arthur Chigoriwa)

Former Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairman and Hurungwe West lawmaker Temba Peter Mliswa today appeared in court facing allegations of theft of 8 fire arms from a white farmer.

The state claims that Mliswa, who appeared before a Chinhoyi magistrate Ignatius Mugova, stole 8 fire arms from a white commercial farmer, Myles Walter Hall.

Mliswa’s lawyer Musindo Dunira Hungwe told the court that the allegations emanated from way back in 2002 and quiried why the white farmer did not make a report then.

Herald Matura is prosecuting the case.

Mliswa has been linked to a Zanu PF faction allegedly linked to deposed Vice President Joice Mujuru, who was outmaneuvered by a group said to be led by newly appointed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, ahead of the party’s elective congress in December last year.

He was removed from his position through a vote of confidence said to have been engineered by the Mnangagwa faction, which swept all the positions at the congress after changing some provisions of the Zanu PF constitution that gave President Robert Mugabe to single-handedly pick members of the presidium and other strong organs of the party.