mliswa250.jpgThe trial of businessman and farmer Temba Mliswa and five others who are facing charges of fraud opened today at the Harare Magistrate’s Court, with the first witness Paul Westwood testifying.


Mliswa is jointly charged with Hammerskjold Banda, Brendalyn Banda, Alfred Mwatiwamba, Martin Mutasa and George Marere.


In his evidence-in-chief, Westwood, who is a co-director of Noshio Motors said Mliswa and his accomplices forcibly took away his company after threatening him, saying he would disappear if he resisted.


Mr. Westwood also told the court that Mliswa told him that he had the blessings of Minister Savior Kasukuwere and the President to take over the company, saying it was under the indigenisation programme.


Westwood owned the company, Noshio Motors with equal shares together with Hammarskjold Banda, whom he said he trusted since he is a pastor, adding that they would treat their business as a family venture.


Mr Westwood said after Mliswa forcibly took the company as executive chairman he was barred from the company premises as from 18 December last year until July 12 this year.