From MP To Headman: Temba Mliswa Appointed Village Head in Shurugwi
Former legislator Temba Mliswa has assumed the position of village head in Shurugwi under Chief Banga, taking over from his aunt Maria Dube, who resigned due to illness.
The appointment was confirmed through an official letter dated January 24 and signed by Chief Banga.
Expressing his thoughts on the appointment via his social media account, Mliswa highlighted the familial nature of the position, tracing its roots back to his grandfather, Peter Sixpence Mliswa.
In a statement, he said, “Ichoo ndicho! Mochikorokotedza muchida musingade. Chibhuru Sabhuku. This is a position passed down in the family lineage for years from my grandfather Peter Sixpence Mliswa to my father and vazukuru vekwaDziva who kept it going.”
The appointment has raised commentary among analysts, who ponder whether the Mliswa family’s succession of influential positions signifies an inherent destiny for greatness or a tendency toward power dynamics. Some analysts humorously remarked on the family’s involvement in various positions of authority, noting that it could be seen as either a testament to their destined greatness or a penchant for clinging to power.
Mliswa, known for his diverse background as the founder and leader of the student activist outfit YARD, as well as his stint as a fitness trainer at Dynamos, has had a multifaceted career.
His political journey began in 1996 when he joined the ZANU PF party, eventually becoming a ZANU PF legislator representing the Hurungwe West Constituency from 2013 to 2015.
During this time, he also served as the ZANU-PF provincial chairman for Mashonaland West Province from 2013 to 2014 and was a member of the Central Committee.