Helen Kadirire 30 June 2017
HARARE – Norton residents have organised a demonstration against
legislator Temba Mliswa arguing that his interference in town council
business was disrupting service delivery.
Chairperson of Residents Forum Norton chapter Samson Nduna said Mliswa’s
consistent interference was causing problems for management and elected
The demonstration is slated for July 4.
“The legislator is very sexist in his approach to employees and officials
at the town council. He denigrates women every time he comes to Norton –
fully aware that the chairperson of the town council is a woman,” Nduna
This comes after Norton mayoress has asked a judge for a restraining order
to block the voluble MP from interfering with council business.
The town’s chairperson Precious Mufahore has said in court filings that
Mliswa must be barred from getting anywhere near the town’s council
In an interview with the Daily News, Mufahore said they were flabbergasted
by the crusade against their council, and alleged the MP was pursuing a
tribal agenda because the Norton municipal council was overwhelmingly
dominated by office bearers from Masvingo, an allegation strenuously
denied by Mliswa.
Nduna said Mliswa – a fitness trainer – also harasses council employees
and threatens to assault them if he does not get his way.
“He has been ill-advising residents not to pay rates but as an MP, he
should know that that will not be beneficial to anyone.
“If people do not pay for services, then how will they get their water and
refuse collected,? Nduna queried.
He said Mliswa was plunging the town into quandary.
Mliswa told the Daily News that the residents are well within their right
to protest against him.
“Such demonstration will not stop me and the people of Norton in demanding
an end to corruption and improvement in service delivery,” he said.