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Mliswa convicted


Controversial Zanu PF businessman Temba Mliswa was convicted on seven counts of assault.

The court found the businessman guilty of assaulting his employees.

Mliswa, who reportedly launched a scathing attack on Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri, describing the top cop as the most corrupt person in Zimbabwe, appeared before Karoi provincial magistrate Elisha Singano for the resumption of his trial on Thursday.

But at the close of the defence case, Singano slapped the outspoken former Warriors fitness trainer with a fine.

He ordered Mliswa to pay $50 fine for each count.

In passing sentence Singano considered that all the seven complainants had written affidavits with the intention of withdrawing charges against the maverick businessman who has had several brushes with the law for varied reasons.

Prosecutor Simon Tapiwa proved Mliswa, who has been detained in various holding cells including those at the notorious Matapi Police Station in Mbare, Harare, brutally assaulted his employees after accusing them of stealing farm chemicals.

The state further proved that Mliswa used different weapons to assault his employees who sustained deep cuts all over.

Meanwhile, Mliswa’s bail conditions on other charges he is facing were relaxed by a Harare magistrate on Friday, who subsequently released his passport.

However, Mliswa is expected to appear before regional magistrate Never Katiyo on October 18 for trial on charges he is jointly facing with George Marere and Martin Mutasa, son to the Minister of State in the President’s Office Didymus Mutasa.

The trio is accused of allegedly trying to grab a vehicle accessory company from businessman Paul Westwood.

During their bail application three months ago, Mliswa indicated he owned shares in the company and accused Westwood of trying to dispossess him of his shares in the business.

Mliswa was in court last month accused of allegedly stealing six 60 KVA generators from farms around Karoi, allegations he has since denied.

He was also taken to court for allegedly defrauding the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe of $3,5 million, a charge Mliswa said was purely civil.

At the time of his arrest earlier this year, about 70 charges ranging from fraud and extortion to assault were laid against the businessman.

He has also been accused of terrorising the remaining white commercial farmers who stayed the course despite the violent land reform programme of 2000.

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