By Munesu Chigada

Harare, Zimbabwe (News of the South)-Norton Member of Parliament and former ZANU PF member Themba Mliswa has acceded to the winning tactics of his former party saying every politician needs an element of ZANU to win.

 

Mliswa who was once a fiery member of the revolutionary party managed to beat his former allies, as an independent, during the Norton by-election in 2016 after receiving support from opposition parties such as Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T which did not field a candidate.

 

However in a social media statement Mliswa says to win one needs an element of ZANU and seemingly praised the divisive tactics allegedly used by President Mugabe to maintain control of his partners in the party.

 

“You can’t win without a component of Zanu PF, you need to take from them, divide and rule; they are not invincible you know”, he said.

 

Mliswa added that he is not ashamed of his past as a member of the liberation party which has been accused of destroying the country from its pristine perch of a glowing future into the current murk of alarming poverty and a dim future.

 

“Im former Zanu PF that I don’t deny and while that is, what is it that I have committed to and not delivered?

 

“But if it’s just scorn that you have for me then that’s ok”, he replied to accusation of having failed the country.

 

Concerning the 2018 election Mliswa predicted that the stakes are very high for all sides contesting saying whoever loses faces a dire future politically.

 

“The consequences of losing the next election are very scary for ZANU leaders so they will do anything and everything to win”, one writer said.

 

To this Mliswa replied that “so must the opposition, at the end of e day it’s about the people that matter and the packaging of the message as well as presence to the masses”, he said.

 

Mliswa’s rein as the Norton MP has been eventful with recent news stating that local Councillors have written to Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere to rein in Mliswa whom they accuse of meddling in their affairs with impunity.

 

The councilors also accuse Mliswa of being abusive and interfering with their daily activities.

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