The ‘Bhuru’ accepted defeat
The only seat that was occupied by the only Independent member of parliament in Zimbabwe, Norton Constituency, has been reclaimed by the newly formed party CCC under the candidate of Richard Tsvangirai the son of the late Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and former leader of MDC.
The seat was under, Zimbabwean politician and outgoing Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa.
Mliswa accepted the defeat through his social media platform, and he ruled out that he will be retiring in the world of politics as he said he will be a political analyst.
“Bhuru rakarohwa yellow fever rikaita jaundice! For now i will be a political analyst…,” posted Mliswa on his Facebook page.
Many of his fans and supporters commented on social media, on the loss and statement of outgoing Mliswa, with some praising him for conceding defeat and the role he played when he was in parliament.
Others suggested that Mliswa should be appointed as a minister by the next government as they believe he will play a significant role.
Mliswa is well known in the political as the ‘Bhuru’ meaning Bull. Mliswa became the Member of parliament for Norton since 2016 as an independent candidate.
He is a Zimbabwean politician and a businessman. He is a former MP for Hurungwe West which he won under the ZANU PF ticket (2013-15) and a former provincial chairman of Mashonaland West province from (2013-14).
Mliswa is also the founder of Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy.
In the previous elections which saw more than 300 independent candidates, he was the only candidate who was successful to win a seat in parliament. Mliswa is well known for fighting for the rights of civil servants and war-veterans in parliament.
Norton MP elect Richard Tsvangirai described his predecessor Temba Mliswa as a hard work person.
“A great competitor and a hard worker. I wish him nothing but the best in his next endeavours,” said Hon Elect Tsvangirai.
In Zimbabwe only three independent candidates have managed to win the seats in Parliament namely: Margaret Dongo, Jonathan Moyo and Temba Mliswa.
With parliamentarian elections results still being announced there might be a possibility that Zimbabwe won’t be having any Independent Member of Parliament in the next five years at the House of Assembly.