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Zimbabwe Police Arrest Parly By-Election Candidate Mliswa

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

Zimbabwe police have arrested deposed former Zanu PF lawmaker, Temba Mliswa, for allegedly destroying the ruling party’s election posters and disrupting Zanu PF meetings.

The former Zanu PF provincial chairperson for Mashonaland West is alleged to have been taken to Magunje Police Station where he was then supposed to be handed over the police’s Law and Order Section.

Mliswa told VOA Studio 7 he was being targeted by Zanu PF for challenging the party in the forthcoming parliamentary by-election scheduled for June 10.

Mliswa is contesting the election as an independent in an area he was fielded in the last general poll as a Zanu PF candidate.

He beat Movement for Democratic Change formation candidates to land the seat, which he lost following accusations that he was working with Vice President Joice Mujuru and several other party officials in the run up to the last Zanu PF congress to allegedly attempt to topple President Robert Mugabe.

The group has since dismissed these allegations as unfounded.

Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Charity Charamba, was not reachable for comment.