Free at last …Mliswa tastes freedom

Zanu PF apologist and controversial businessman Temba Mliswa who has been fighting for his freedom for over a month Tuesday breathed a sigh of relief when the High Court ordered his immediate release from state custody.

Mliswa walked out of Matapi Police Station after High Court Judge Justice Ben Hlatswayo ruled in his favour following an urgent High Court application.

The embattled Mliswa, who has been in remand prison since June 20, was granted bail by magistrate Donald Ndirowei on Friday but never tasted freedom as he was arrested soon after his release from Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

He had been granted bail on two other occasions but was arrested on fresh charges.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintendant Oliver Mandipaka yesterday confirmed Mliswa’s release although he declined to give further details.

His lawyer Charles Chinyama confirmed that Mliswa was finally enjoying his freedom and said his client was relaxing at home.

“He was released today through a High Court order issued by Justice (Ben) Hlatshwayo. We filed an urgent chamber application yesterday morning (Monday) and the hearing was set for today. The application was also served on the police and Attorney General,” Chinyama said. “The parties agreed by consent.”

Chinyama said Mliswa was “quite well” and had no complaints against prison officers although he said his client had been unfairly treated by the police.

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