via Mliswa’s farm invaded ahead of by-election – The Zimbabwean 27 April 2015
Zanu (PF) youths last night invaded Springfield Farm, owned by the party’s former Chairperson for Mashonaland West, Temba Mliswa and allegedly beat up his workers.
The youths allegedly destroyed Mliswa’s Land Cruiser vehicle as well.
This comes as Mliswa is set to battle it out with Keith Guzah in the Hurungwe West by-elections scheduled for June 10.
Mliswa was expelled from Zanu (PF) for allegedly undermining the party’s leadership.
“Youths went to my farm last night and started beating up workers and they even forced the cooks to cook for them. My vehicle was also destroyed by the youths who have unleashed a wave of terror to intimidate the people of Hurungwe West ahead of the by-elections,” said Mliswa.
He was speaking during a press brief in the capital today.
Mliswa expressed dismay at the lack of response from the police.
“We alerted the police concerning the violence but there has not been any response up to now. Some of my workers were injured and we thought the police were going to respond but up to now, there has not been any response,” said Mliswa.
He said the Zanu (PF) thugs had set up torture camps in Hurungwe West while others were camped at Magunje Guest House.
Mliswa said that some of his supporters had fled their homes for fear of being victimized by the Zanu (PF) youths
“Right now, we have women in Hurungwe West who do not know where their husbands, who are the breadwinners, are at the moment. All this is happening in little Hurungwe West so what are we saying about the 2018 elections?”said Mliswa.
He said he would be writing to President Robert Mugabe concerning the violence in Hurungwe West constituency.
He blamed Zanu (PF) Secretary for Administration, Ignatius Chombo for masterminding the violence in Hurungwe West.