Mliswa freed

TEMBA-MLISWAWalter Nyamukondiwa Chinhoyi Bureau
FORMER Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman Temba Mliswa (pictured above) and four others arrested for disrupting a sanctioned Zanu-PF rally at Sengwe Business Centre in Hurungwe West constituency on Sunday have been released after the prosecution called for areview of the preferred charge.

The State is now expected to proceed by way of summons.

Mliswa, was arrested on Sunday together with former Harare provincial youth chairman Jimu Kunaka, aspiring Chinhoyi constituency candidate in the 2013 harmonised elections Prosper Gavanga, Munyaradzi Mugoneza and Farai Kuvheya.

They were taken to court yesterday afternoon but the prosecution said the charge needed to be reviewed and that the police would proceed by way of summons.

Prosecutor Mr Herald Matura reviewed the case.

Mliswa’s lawyer Mr Musindo Hungwe welcomed the development saying allegations by the police were flimsy.

“The prosecution on assessing the facts as they relate to the charge that has been preferred was of the opinion that there was need for further management of the case. As such Mr Mliswa and his colleagues have been released and will be brought back to court on summons if need arise.

“To us that is a breath of fresh air that at least they realise there is nothing of substance to hold onto,” he said.

The five were arrested at Sengwe Business Centre and later detained at Magunje Police Station before they were taken to Chinhoyi CID Law and Order.

Mliswa and his co-accused were alleged to have gone to the venue of the rally in a two-vehicle convoy comprising a white Toyota Landcruiser and another green SUV Landcruiser and swarmed the venue of the rally that was addressed by Zanu-PF secretary for Administration Dr Ignatius Chombo, Politburo members Dr Douglas Mombeshora and Cde Josiah Hungwe, and Central Committee member Dr Philip Chiyangwa among others.