‘I won because of ZANU PF,not MDC’- Mliswa

Mlondolozi Ndlovu

Norton Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa on Tuesday hit hard at the leading opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai attacking him for wanting glory in his Norton by election victory yet it was Zanu PF that delivered the victory to him.

Addressing a press conference in Harare, Mliswa said that his election victory in Norton was a result of traditional Zanu PF rural strongholds and not the urban MDC-T support which he said was dwindling.

Mliswa highlighted that the MDC-T and other political parties in Zimbabwe could not win the country’s elections without the assistance of the ruling party.

“This is the reason why I think parties don’t pay attention to detail. The support of MDC was important, but the critical one was the influence that I had in Zanu PF. If you calculate the figures, if you take the two wards, and remove them, I would have lost the election,” said Mliswa.

The former Zanu PF Mashonaland West Chairperson highlighted the opposition political parties needed the assistance of the former Zanu PF members to win any future elections

“…Without a component of Zanu PF there is not much you can do. The coalition can stand alone, but the people who were expelled from Zanu PF if they are serious and get together, they are able to win election,” he said.

Mliswa expressed dissatisfaction over Morgan Tsvangirai for snubbing his rally and travelling to South Africa for cancer treatment without sending ‘either of his three Vice President’s.

Mliswa also teared into the opposition political parties are an old song whose pre-occupation is to attack Robert Mugabe. He said such a strategy was old and useless.

Mliswa aimed a dig at the MDC-T as a party, saying that he had no business meeting shadow ministers as they have no power nor influence, and said that for that reason alone, he defended his decision to get cozy with Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, whom he once accused of wanting to have sex with him.

Mliswa defended his decisions to attack Tajamuka, Patson Dzamara, and the others protesters saying their energies should be redirected towards campaigning for 2018.

He showered praise to Saviour Kasukuwere for conceding defeat, a development he said signaled maturity.

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