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Ousted Mliswa Seeks Postponement of June By-Election

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)

Ousted Zanu PF senior official and former Hurungwe West lawmaker, Temba Mliswa, has filed a complaint in the Electoral Court seeking the postponement of the June 10th parliamentary by-election.

Mliswa claims that there is too much violence in the constituency being allegedly perpetrated by the ruling party candidate, Keith Kuzah, and several other Zanu PF supporters.

Respondents in the case, Kuzah, Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo and several traditional leaders were not reachable for comment.

They are accused of allegedly using a militia to beat up Mliswa's supporters ahead of the poll to fill the seat left vacant when Zanu PF recalled him from parliament.

Mliswa’s attorney, Musindo Hungwe, told VOA Studio 7 his client is seeking justice as election violence is rampant in the constituency.

He said upon his he was being targeted by Zanu PF for challenging the party in the forthcoming parliamentary by-election scheduled for June 10.

Mliswa, who was ejected from the ruling party for backing former vice president Joice Mujuru to allegedly unseat President Robert Mugabe, is contesting the election as an independent candidate.

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