By Leopold Munhende
OUTSPOKEN Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has rubbished a litany of accusations by an “emotional” former lover, Susan Mutami including a claim he was plotting to assassinate President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s son, Emmerson Junior.
Australian-based Mutami has been on a spirited campaign exposing Mliswa’s private life, including claims the controversial politician was plotting to kill Emmerson Jnr, used black magic in his attempt to be Zimbabwe’s president, that he loathed Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, and that he was gay.
However, Mliswa refuted the claims Thursday at a press conference at his Borrowdale residence in Harare accusing Mutami of being an “emotional,” ditched lover who is being abused by certain journalists. He also claimed she was a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operative.
“Allegations of plotting murder against political players can only be described as malicious, scornful and unfair. It is project,” he said.
“My relationship with all political parties including the First Family are guided by my principle as an independent parliamentary person. I have the freedom to associate with political actors across all floors.
“So when you now think I want to assassinate the son of the president, where does it come in? Now you see where that third hand is coming in now. What apparatus do I have? Which party do I belong to be able to do all this and the CIO about all that?”
Dismissing other allegations, Mliswa added: “I understand the rationality of the accusations against my person as a cry for attention from a smitten former partner. However, the damning sensational homosexual allegations on a heterosexual person in a conservative society can only harm the innocent and destroy the reputation of a decent soul,” said Mliswa.
“I am a public figure and, therefore, I accept the flak of my poor judgment in romantic choices but to soil the character of my family and friends on account of a scorn cannot be allowed to prevail with impunity.”
Mliswa said he could not comment on Mutami’s claims she was pregnant with his twins as he had been made to believe she was on birth control.
“I cannot comment much at present save to say that I took the necessary precautions, was made to believe Mutami was on birth control therefore await the DNA paternity results. I have never abdicated from my responsibilities and will not start now if indeed it turns out I am the father,” he added.
However, the press conference ended in a huff after police raided Mliswa’s residence and arrested him for breaching Covid-19 restrictions. He is expected to appear in court this Friday.