Mliswa Tastes Freedom For A Few Minutes

The never ending Mliswa saga is taking twists and turns amid revelations police commissioner Augustine Chihuri is out to fix the controversial politician over a vehicle repairs company deal which went sour.

Mliswa, who at the weekend attacked Chihuri accusing him of being corrupt, is locked in a shareholding dispute with businessman Paul Westwood over Noshio Motors.

Mliswa says Chihuri is corruptly involved with Westwood and wants to keep him incarcerated for as long as possible.

Last week, Mliswa was granted bail by a magistrate court but the state invoked the draconian Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act which was supposed to keep him in remand prison for at least seven days while the state considered appealing.

But the Attorney General’s office decided against appealing meaning Mliswa had to be released but the police moved in to arrest him at Harare remand prison soon after he had returned from Mbare police station where he had been detained since Friday after being snatched by police from prison.

A family member who spoke to Radio VOP on Monday said Mliswa is being held at Rhodesville police station.

“The state felt  the case was more of a civil matter than criminal and decided against appealing meaning Temba had to be released. All the documentation had been done and he was on his way home when police swiftly moved in to arrest him.

“It’s not clear what charge he is facing this time but we understand that they were questioning him in connection with a fraud they said he masterminded in 2005 and it involves Wedzera Service Station at his farm.

“When they seized him from prison on Friday, they tried to link him with a homicide crime but failed. We are being told that they are getting orders from Chihuri to make sure he stays detained as long as possible. It’s now becoming ridiculous and laughable. We now understand why human rights groups complain so much about individuals in the police who abuse their power,” said the Mliswa family member.

Mliswa’s case has torched a storm in government with police last week accusing the minister of presidential affairs Didymus Mutasa and co-minister of home affairs Theresa Makone of trying to intimidate officers to release Mliswa and his co-accused Martin Mutasa who is minister Mutasa’s son.

But Mutasa his furiously hit back accusing Chihuri of using state apparatus to pursue personal issues and likened such abuse of office as that witnessed in Rhodesia.

Makone is said to have gone to the police station where the three were detained to investigate claims that Chihuri was indeed pursuing a personal matter using police. She was wanted to get the side of the suspects.