Mliswa arrested again

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Police Monday arrested Zanu PF activist and businessman Temba Mliswa once again — this time for what his lawyer Charles Chinyama said were “fresh charges” whose details he did not have as of last night.

But sources close to the case said the charges bordered on extortion involving a financial deal that went sour between the fitness trainer and former employees.

Mliswa, who was arrested and detained several times last year and at one time faced over 70 charges associated with violence, property seizure, extortion, fraud and intimidation, was picked up at the Harare Magistrates’ Court where he had gone to attend the continuation of his trial on one of the charges he is facing.

“He is under arrest. He was arrested sometime this morning and they are saying there are fresh allegations, but I am not yet aware of the facts,” said Chinyama.

Harare provincial police spokesperson Inspector James Sabau said he was unaware of the arrest and referred the questions to Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

“I am not aware. Please call Detective Inspector Augustine Zimbili at CID,” Sabau said.

At the peak of his legal woes last year, Mliswa reportedly faced as many as 78 charges.

His lawyers wrote to Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri pleading with him to intervene and charge him at once and not separately.

Some of the cases dated back eight years.