Mliswa haunted


It never rains but pours for controversial businessman Temba Mliswa who now seems increasingly vulnerable.
Soon after the embattled former Warriors fitness trainer was granted bail yesterday on fresh charges of fraud involving $32 million, he was immediately arrested on other charges yet to be disclosed.
Mliswa’s lawyer, Charles Chinyama told NewsDay yesterday: “Yes they picked him up but I am yet to find out what charges they want to prefer against him.”
The lawyer said he would only know today what charges Mliswa was facing because the police had not told him anything.
Mliswa’s latest re-arrest is the second in three days. He was arrested literally seconds after he was released on bail in a $32 million fraud case involving the plunder of farm machinery and over 3 000 herd of cattle.
It emerged yesterday that old cases that Mliswa had successfully blocked dating back to 2003 were now popping up.
In some of the alleged crimes, Mliswa used the names of Zanu PF politicians and ministers such as Ignatius Chombo and Joseph Made to wrest farms from white commercial farmers.
In one of the cases, Mliswa allegedly stole herds of cattle, farm equipment and supplements, household property and other assorted items from a white commercial farmer, Richard Malcom Barret Hamilton in Karoi, Mashonaland West.
Mliswa allegedly wrested a farm from Hamilton under the guise he was protecting it from being invaded.
The alleged crimes were reported to the police and charges were brought before the courts but nothing materialised because of Mliswa’s alleged political connections in Zanu PF.
The value of the cattle, an assortment of equipment and supplements and the household property allegedly stolen by Mliswa from Hamilton’s farm, could not be ascertained because of currency distortions. Hamilton’s lawyer, Roy Harvey, yesterday said the cases were never pursued because of Mliswa’s political clout. “The cases were brought to court but he was not tried because he (Mliswa) enjoyed protection,” Harvey said. “He was intimidating people using the names of big people in politics.”
Yesterday, in a repeat episode of Tuesday’s drama where he briefly tasted freedom before being re-arrested on new charges, Mliswa was arrested again immediately after setting foot out of remand prison on bail. Harare magistrate, Donald Ndirowei had granted him $400 bail when he appeared on initial remand on the alleged $32 million fraud charges.