Chief Says Constitution Is “Trampling” On His Rights To Campaign For Candidates Of His Choice

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting held by the Election Resource Centre (ERC) Chief Serima, born Vengai Rushwaya, said that the Constitution was infringing on the rights of traditional chiefs. He bemoaned the fact that constitution expressly forbids traditional chiefs from engaging in partisan politics. Said Chief Serima,

Do you know that a chief is the only one forbidden from campaigning for their own choice of candidate in Zimbabwe when the rest are allowed under the Constitution? Is that not a violation of our rights as fellow Zimbabweans?
…Where are my rights as a chief? Am I not a Zimbabwean like everyone else? That is where we clash. We are saying you are trampling on our rights. Allow me to campaign for whoever I want to vote for because it is my right as a Zimbabwean.

Chiefs have been criticised in the past for endorsing and sometimes campaigning for the ruling Zanu-PF party. They have come under fire after another chief criticised MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa saying that he cannot lead the country because he is a “toddler.”

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3 comments on “Chief Says Constitution Is “Trampling” On His Rights To Campaign For Candidates Of His Choice

  1. Well said. You are the eye opener of other chiefs. It does not mean when you are a chief you do not have rights. Wake up Zimbabwe. Its better to blind physically than to be blind mentally. In Shona its said: “Ukaroiwa nomukadzi waShe zano kwaro kutama”. In this case you realize tjis person is not bringing any change for the better, then you are forced to vote for that person. It means you do not have rights. If the constitution tells us that chiefs do not have rights it means they are not alife. They are dead which is not true. Zimbabweans are becoming slaves of our past. Decolonize the mind first and stand your ground to denounce bad harbits. In this millenium people speak of war. Who did not fight? Chimbwido, Mujibha, Masadzimba, Village heads and chiefs we all collaborated during the liberation struggle. Lets do the right thing so that God can take us out of this dehumanization of other humans. Zimbabwe is not “Animal Farm” by George Owell

    1. Idiot. Chiefs occupy influential positions that can make them sway people unduly. It’s like the Queen of England. They are not allowed to campaign. Chiefs are free to give up their chieftainship and campaign as private citizens.They cannot have it both ways. The constitution is the express will of the people of Zimbabwe.

  2. our constitution states it clearly that chiefs are apolitical and before it was amended I want to believe that the same chiefs complaining today approved it, so if one wants to promote their political interests its a good deed that they are exonerated from their chieftains.One cannot be a chief and a politically active at the same time that will compromise national peace and in my own opinion if this chief status is said to be disadvantaging these respective chiefs then why don’t we write off the post in our country for once and for all because they are not willing to abide to the calls of the constitution .

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