Police lock up Mliswa again


Police in Harare on Monday re-arrested vociferous businessman Temba Mliswa on further charges of fraud hours after he was set free by courts alongside Martin Mutasa and George Marere on another case involving fraud or alternatively, extortion.
Martin is the son of Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa while Mliswa is former Zanu PF Mashonaland West Secretary for Lands.
Although details of the crimes were still sketchy last night, Mliswa’s lawyer Charles Chinyama said his client was expected to appear in court today facing charges of fraud emanating from two cases in Karoi and Kwekwe.
Chinyama said the police allege that in 2006, Mliswa took farm implements from Dunlop Farm in Kwekwe owned by a resident identified only as Matambanadzo.
“The first case arises out of an incident where Mliswa is alleged to have taken farm implements from Dunlop Farm owned by Matambanadzo, but Mliswa purchased the equipment from the previous white owner of the farm,” Chinyama said yesterday.
He said Mliswa was quizzed over the matter in 2006 by Kwekwe police and released.
Chinyama said police were further alleging that Mliswa fraudulently purchased a service station on a farm he had acquired in Karoi.
The police, Chinyama said, allege that
Mliswa initially rented out the service station to someone before fraudulently selling it to an unidentified individual.
“The police are alleging that the service station Mliswa acquired with the farm did not belong to him and they are charging him with fraud arising from the sale of the service station but I do not have the full details on exactly where the fraud case is coming from,” Chinyama said.
He said he was unaware who the complainants in the alleged cases are. Police spokesperson, Wayne Bvudzijena, confirmed Mliswa’s re-arrest saying: “Mliswa is in police detention facing further fraud charges. He is detained at Rhodesville Police Station and I can not reveal any more details but further details will come out in court today.”
Mliswa is reported to have recently attacked Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri describing the top cop as the most corrupt person in the country. Immediately after his scathing attack on Chihuri, Mliswa was arrested for attempting to take over Noshio Investment (Private) Limited.
Court papers say Mliswa claimed he had the blessings of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
Mliswa, a former Warriors fitness trainer who had an inglorious exit from the national team after players complained about his stringent training regime, further alleged President Robert Mugabe was aware of his intentions to take over the company.
The controversial businessman and his co-accused were last week granted $400 bail each by a Harare magistrate but the state invoked Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act to keep them in custody pending appeal.
But on Monday, the Attorney General’s office backed-off saying it was no longer interested in challenging the magistrate’s decision.