Speaking at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s meeting with chiefs in Gweru yesterday, Chiefs Council president Chief Fortune Charumbira violated the Constitution of Zimbabwe by endorsing Mnangagwa.
This comes amid reports that chiefs and soldiers are intimidating villagers. Said Charumbira:
(Last Friday), we met as chiefs from all parts of the country and said we want to embrace your presidency and Vice-Presidents. We have accepted all the work you have done until your elevation. Please conduct your duties in peace and with the assurance that as chiefs and custodians of the land, we have unanimously embraced you and your team. You have our blessings and we are very confident that you will take this nation forward.
Chapter 15 of the Constitution prohibits traditional leaders from interfering in political matters. This is clearly stated in section 281(2):
“2. Traditional leaders must not–
a. be members of any political party or in any way participate in partisan politics;
b. act in a partisan manner;
c. further the interests of any political party or cause; or
d. violate the fundamental rights and freedoms of any person”
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