Norton – Business came to a standstill as informal traders and vendors at Katanga Shopping Centre were on Sunday forced to attend a Zanu PF campaign rally where they were told to vote for the ruling party if they wanted an end to harassment by the municipal police.
The rally was meant to drum up support for Zanu PF’s Ronald Chindeza who will battle it out against Temba Mliswa and David Chingodzo of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) in a bye-election pencilled for the 22nd of October.
Addressing vendors, the ruling party’s political commissar and Local Government Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, promised housing stands and better shelter, adding that he was going to make sure that vendors are not raided again by the municipal police if they voted for Zanu PF.
Kasukuwere warned Norton residents not to make a mistake by voting for Mliswa whom he described as a “womaniser”, “problem child” and a “political prostitute” who needed to be “castrated”.
“He (Mliswa) has 28 first born children with 28 different women. A bull who is not married what are you looking for here in Norton; you are targeting married women,” said Kasukuwere.
He added, “Come in numbers on the 22nd of October and castrate his (Mliswa) balls.”
Kasukuwere further likened Mliswa to a “disease” worse than AIDS.
“If he (Mliswa) is a disease, he must be higher up there than the AIDS pandemic without cure which has killed many people around the country,” said Kasukuwere.
The minister also said Police should reduce the number of road blocks so that commuter omnibuses can transport passengers without delay until the elections are over.
According to Kasukuwere, so problematic and quarrelsome is Mliswa that he cannot be accommodated anywhere.
“He (Mliswa) was once in soccer and he was fired, the same happened at cricket. He later joined the Affirmative Action Group and he was fired by Phillip Chiyangwa; he later joined Zimbabwe People First and Mujuru fired him,” said Kasukuwere.
He added, “Now, we don’t know whether he is an independent candidate or he has joined the MDC-T. And if you vote for him, if they is a mayoral vacancy in Harare he will leave you and contest there.
“Temba is well known in the House of Assembly for provoking other Members of Parliament and don’t expect any development because he will be busy fighting with other legislators instead of asking for development aid.”
Kasukuwere said people will not be teargased by the police such as happened on Saturday following clashes at Ngoni stadium. The clashes, which saw several vehicles including that of MDC-T VP, Nelson Chamisa, damaged, came as the Morgan Tsvangirai-led party was campaigning for Mliswa.
The MDC-T blamed the police and Zanu PF supporters for provoking the violence.
Mliswa lost his Hurungwe West seat when he was fired from Zanu PF alongside party starlwarts, Joice Mujuru and Didymus Mutasa.