Who provides the wind beneath Mliswa’s wings?


Temba Mliswa is no stranger to controversy. His life has often been punctuated by a litany of squabbles but this time he may have punched way above his weight.
His recent attack on the police commissioner may have been the height of indiscretion. Augustine Chihuri is a man of few words, but he is not the kind of guy that you can take to the back of a bus and pummel.
You have to straighten up and fly right and put your money where your mouth is.
But before he pulled the trigger on Chihuri, Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo and his colleague Webster Shamu, the Information minister, were his first targets. He publicly accused the pair of corruption. We now hear Mliswa has over 78 cases hovering above his head.
Recently, Mliswa said Chihuri and Jocelyn Chiwenga, the wife of Army General Constantine bought generators he is accused of stealing. Wow!
It is not clear whether Mliswa’s current misfortunes are in any way linked to these unfortunate incidents or, if so, whether Mliswa has any proof to buttress his damning allegations. But one thing is certain . . . he is in an untenable situation which may open a can of worms. Will he escape in the final reel?
Not so long ago, we had the case of wealthy businesswoman Jane Mutasa which, on the face of it, appeared a fait accompli, as far as Telecel is concerned, but the Attorney General Johannes Tomana declined to prosecute, forcing the complainant to go it alone.
Many things happened under the aegis of the land reform — some legal and others not so legal.
A plethora of cases were reported to the police and other than getting merely recorded, no action has been taken. Mliswa’s cases date back to 2003 — a whole eight years since.
Why is this nightmare being visited upon Mliswa now?
This is a point worth interrogating. Not so long ago we had the case of Roy Bennett who had been charged on acquittal, with a moldy case relating to maize.
Again, the Attorney General declined to prosecute, on the basis of time lapsed. By parity of reasoning, would it be unreasonable to second guess the Attorney General and say Mliswa will, similarly escape some of his present cases?
Has Mliswa committed the alleged crimes or has he transgressed against some powers that be?
Who triggered these cases that were lying benign? Why were these cases on ice for years on end? Is Mliswa the only one who has committed the crimes he is charged of, assuming that he has, or have many more done the same? What is happening to these other cases? There is talk in some jurisdictions of Mafia style where cases are “filed” and kept hanging over the heads of people as a way of controlling them and those people are forced to take an “oath of allegiance” to the Godfather!
Is Zimbabwe sliding into such a situation?
In his preliminary remand hearing, Mliswa has dropped in an impressive array of clients of his “contraband”. What will be the implications of this revelation? Receiving stolen property is as serious an offence as the initial stealing — the operative phrase being, “knowing it to be stolen” anywhere!
Will this development impact on the dynamics? Well — the jury is still out!
For his age Mliswa flies on a very high plane, rubbing shoulders with the Who is who in the political world.
Hear this. Mliswa reportedly ordered war veterans and Zanu PF militia to resist the inclusive government’s intentions of a land audit in Mashonaland West until sanctions slapped on President Robert Mugabe and his inner cabal are lifted. Tough call. He made dramatic entry into Premier Bank, but the move raised a lot of dust. The vociferous and controversial Mliswa owns Saltlakes Holdings, chairs Afriven, a South African firm and Hurungwe Development Association and is a member of the Crocodile Farmers Association.
Mliswa is also involved in Mediterranean Shipping and Tristar Group Holdings Limited.
The six million dollar question is: Who provides the wind beneath Mliswa’s wings?