By Nyasha N Mukapiko
Former Zanu-PF Mashonaland West Chairperson Temba Mliswa on Tuesday implored President Robert Mugabe to come out and address Zimbabweans regarding the current ongoing protests that has rocked the country resulting in clashes of police and citizens.
Mliswa was commenting on recent unprecedented rise in cases of police brutality during a media briefing in the capital where he also took time to give an update on his political campaign as an independent candidate ahead of the Norton by-election to be held on the 22nd October 2016.
Ruling party candidate Ronald Chendedza will battle out against Temba Mliswa in the upcoming Norton by-election after Zanu-PF expelled Christopher Mutsvangwa last month.
Mliswa condemned the recent brutality by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on government and urged the government to proffer solutions.
“Their brutality stems on the anger that you are not paying them on time and now they are venting it on people, pay your officers first, nicely and then they can discharge their duties professionally but they are angry they are equally frustrated of what is going on. Commander in chief can please respond to this!” charged Mliswa.
Emotionally charged Mliswa said Zimbabweans were not intimidated by the Minister of Defence and State Security who addressed a press conference threating action against peaceful protesters. He said the citizens were rather looking forward to a press conference were the President will be flanked by the Minister of Finance talking about the state of economy.
The former Hurungwe West legislator took a swipe against the Minister of Home Affairs Ignatius Chombo and Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere for being corrupt and urged the police to go and tear gass the two Ministers’ houses instead of the innocent citizens.
“This is how misguided the President is, he appoints the most corrupt person to be the Minister of Police, Chombo Minister of Police? He is supposed to be behind bars with others there, that’s where he belongs” giggling Mliswa said.
Mliswa disputed allegations that the opposition MDC-T cause the violence and labelled Zanu-PF as the mother of violence where Zanu-pf youths publicly declared that they will engage in violence without being stopped by anybody.
Last week President of the MDC-T Morgan Tsvangirai told journalist at media briefing that his party was not accountable for the violence that had erupted in central Harare.
A motion raised by MDC-T Kuwadzana East Nelson Chamisa concerning police brutality is before Parliament waiting debate when the house resumes sittings next month.
By Nyasha N Mukapiko