GWERU – Nomadic politician and independent Member of Parliament for Norton constituency, Temba Mliswa is reportedly eying Shurugwi North constituency ahead of the 2023 poll.
Mliswa hails from Shurugwi and if he succeeds in his supposed bid to represent the scenic town come 2023, it will be third different constituency he would have represented in parliament after Hurungwe West and Norton constituencies.
CommuTalk established that Mliswa has been visible in Shurugwi North constituency, currently being represented in parliament by Robson Nyathi, conducting several developmental projects including reviving the clan’s old homestead which had been deserted for long.
The move has not been viewed as innocent by locals.
“We have seen him doing some developmental projects of late but surprisingly, he has not been doing this in consultation with our local MP Rabson Nyathi who is equally shocked at the motive behind,” said Innocent Chikuni a villager in Shuruwgi’s Machacha village.
Chikuni however said they had no problems with Mliswa coming back to his roots.
Violet Mbeji also concurred and said they were ready to work with Mliswa on condition that he comes clean on his intentions.
“He is one of ours and we support his initiatives. It is however important that he comes clean on his intentions since his interest to being home is sudden after being away for years,” she said.
Mliswa who won the previous poll in Norton by a short margin could neither deny nor confirm he was eyeing the constituency on the oncoming election.
“I am a village head in Shurugwi and will do everything which I think is good for my people. I can’t let my people suffer when I’m there as their village head.
“If I want to represent the people in Shurugwi no one will stop me either from doing anything and representing anyone in Zimbabwe,” Mliswa said.
“I have been inviting the local member of parliament to all the projects I am doing in Shurugwi and am working well with the local councilors especially in my ward.
“You must also come and see what I am doing in my village. I am building community development centers for the people and putting up tapped water for them and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that kind of development,’ he added.