Harare – Former Zanu PF Mashonaland West Chairperson Temba Mliswa has described the Zimbabwe police officers as ‘war veterans’ who have replaced the war veterans in campaigning for Zanu PF.
Temba Mliswa is currently contesting the Norton by- elections which will be held next month.
Speaking during a press conference in the capital city on Wednesday Mliswa said the police in Norton were now being used as a replacement to war veterans who sued to campaign for Zanu PF.
“The war vets who have clearly spelt out their detaste for the way they are being treated have apparently been replaced by the police in Norton,” said the YARD leader.
Mliswa said he had written to the police citing the problems that were raised by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission but nothing had been done by the police to address them.
“Besides these matters raised, I have further written to the Commissioner-General of the police, Augustine Chihuri to query whether the recommendations made to him from the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission have been adhered to,” he added.
In a report after the Hurungwe by elections last year the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission urged the police to look into cases of political violence.
“Specific instructions to the police were as follows: It is recommended that the Commissioner General of the Police should immediately investigate human rights violations which occurred in Hurungwe West constituency and ensure that all the perpetrators of violence face the full wrath of the law. This in line with Section 243 1 (h) of the constitution which empowers the ZHRC to direct the Commissioner General of police to investigate cases of suspected criminal violations of human rights or freedoms and to the commission on any such investigations,” they said.
“ZHRC recommends that the Public Services Commission (PSC) improves the training of police officers in investigating and handling human rights and political motivated cases,” said the government appointed commission.
Mliswa also bemoaned the failure by the state media to give enough air space to the
“The state controlled media houses are further not offering me the platform to campaign through their publications as and to have reasonable access to the media. Sporadic cases of posters being turn down and members of my campaign team being faced with violence have been reported and we await investigation by the police,” he added.
He said the mood in the country was for change and he would put the fight for change into the ballot box.
“The mood of the people is excellent and it is encouraging to see people wanting change. The fight will be in the ballot box where putting your X against suffering and voting for me, Temba Peter Mliswa, will be the knock-out punch!,” he concluded.