National Council of Chiefs (NCC) Chief Fortune Charumbira has been ordered by High Court judge Justice Clement Phiri to publicly retract his statements stating that traditional leaders will support Zanu-PF in the upcoming elections. The Ministry of Local Government which was stated as a respondent, was also ordered to take disciplinary action against Charumbira. The case was heard unopposed before Justice Phiri on Wednesday afternoon.
Charumbira was ordered to retract his statement in writing, and further publish countermanding statement in a newspaper with national circulation and make the statement available to private, public media and the national broadcaster within 7 days.
He was dragged to the High Court by Election Resource Centre (ERC)’s chairperson of the board of trustees Trust Maanda, who wanted him to publicly withdraw statements urging other chiefs to support Zanu PF in this year’s general elections. In his affidavit Maanda said Charumbira’s statements demanding chiefs to support Zanu PF were unlawful and unconstitutional.
Maanda wanted 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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