Addressing journalists at Media Centre on 14 September 2016, Temba Mliswa, who is standing as an independent candidate for the Norton constituency by-election, said the upcoming by-election must be free, fair and credible.

As the Norton by-election is now only 38 days away, Mr Mliswa encouraged the electorate to complete the registration procedure in a bid to ensure a successful voting process in a free and fair manner.

Mr Mliswa outlined a number of issues that he reported to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Among the issues reported is the absence of radio broadcasts responsible for advertising and notifying people on the upcoming Norton by-election .

Mliswa said he has written a letter to Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri seeking to know whether recommendations presented to him by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) have been taken into account and thereby implemented.

He indicated the fact that some of the recommendations include the need for the Commissioner-General of Police to investigate the human rights violations which happened in Hurungwe West Constituency.

He said the police should ensure that all the perpetrators of violence face the full wrath of the law. Failure to do this, Mr Mliswa said he will not take part in the by-election process.

Mliswa appealed to opposition and independent candidates to actively participate in elections. He said government should be challenged in a constitutional manner through approaching the courts.

On the current wave of protests in the country, Mliswa urged President Mugabe to urgently find a solution to the economic crisis and desist from descending heavily on the citizens.

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