National Council of Chiefs (NCC) Fortune Charumbira has been dragged to the High Court Election Resource Centre (ERC) which wants him to retract statements urging other chiefs to support Zanu PF in this year’s general elections.
Charumbira, NCC and Local Government minister July Moyo are cited as the respondents. Trust Maanda, who is ERC’s chairperson of the board of trustees, in his affidavit said Charumbira’s statements demanding chiefs to support Zanu PF were unlawful and unconstitutional. Said Maanda:
The respondent (Charumbira) has acted unlawfully and moreover has failed in his constitutional duty to respect and uphold the Constitution of Zimbabwe by staying nonpartisan and away from party politics, to respect the institution of traditional leadership and not bring the institution into disrepute and to not infringe the rights and fundamental freedoms of people.
Maanda wants Charumbira to retract the statements he made by publishing a counter statement in a newspaper with national circulation, on national radio and on national television.
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