- Speaking on the events of November 2017, Mliswa said he played a key role to discourage Sadc from intervening in Zimbabwe's army uprising against Mugabe.
NORTON legislator Temba Mliswa (INDEPENDENT) says when army generals cornered Robert Mugabe in 2017, regional body Sadc wanted to send in an army to save their friend Mugabe but it took Mliswa’s intervention to plead against foreign army deployment.
Mliswa made the revelations during a briefing with journalists last week, where he stated that he is a relative of President Emmerson Mnangagwa but has never tried to milk that relationship for his personal benefit.
“Besides me being related to the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa), I must make this very clear, I have never ridden on him, I have no business with him, I have never asked him for anything because I am my own person.
“They know I am a straight forward person, they know I tell the truth,” said Mliswa, a former Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson.
Speaking on the events of November 2017, Mliswa said he played a key role to discourage Sadc from intervening in Zimbabwe’s army uprising against Mugabe.
The SADC Organ Troika Plus Council Chairperson Ministerial meeting was held in Gaborone on 16 November 2017 to consider the situation in Zimbabwe at the time.
Said Mliswa about the event: “I went to SADC in Botswana to block Troika from coming here, to tell the truth that Zimbabwe wanted a change and there was no point reinforcing an army to come here.
“We believe in the President (Mnangagwa) that is why we went that far. You know that when we were going through what we were going through, the former President Robert Mugabe was very much supported by SADC and (then South African) President (Jacob) Zuma.
“They had a meeting in Botswana discussing what they could do in Zimbabwe.
“I stormed in and presented our constitution, telling them of deployment of the army on national defence issues and where there is lack of law and order.
“There was no point for them to do anything extra, we were working on our issues.
“It was constitutional, and they were saying the army had taken over but the army had not taken over.”
However, minutes of the SADC Troika Plus meeting of 16 November 2017 make no mention that the regional body contemplated invading Zimbabwe, although television pictured showed Mliswa at the Sadc meeting.
A statement issued by the Sadc after the 2017 meeting reads:
SADC Organ Troika Plus Council Chairperson Ministerial Meeting discusses the Political Situation in Zimbabwe
1. The SADC Organ Troika Plus Council Chairperson Ministerial Meeting was held at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana on 16th November 2017, comprising of the Republic of South Africa (Chairperson of Council of Ministers), Republic of Angola (Chairperson of Organ), Republic of Zambia (Incoming Chairperson of Organ) and United Republic of Tanzania (Outgoing Chairperson of Organ).
2. SADC Organ Troika Plus reafirmed SADC’s commitment to African Union (AU) Constitutive Act and the SADCs Democratic Principles, as they relate to the unconstitutional removal of democratically elected Governments.
3. The objective of the meeting was to consider the unfolding situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.
4. SADC Organ Troika noted with great concern the unfolding situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe
5. SADC Organ Troika further reafirmed the need for SADC Member States to remain guided by their Constitutions.
6. SADC Organ Troika called upon all stakeholders in Zimbabwe to settle the political challenges through peaceful means
7. Having considered the unfolding situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Organ Troika recommended the convening of an urgent Extra Ordinary SADC Summit and committed to remain seized with the situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Done at Gaborone, Republic of Botswana, 16th November, 2017. – Zimbabwe Voice ■