Fearless Matabeleland traditional leader, Chief Nhlanhla Felix Ndiweni, has come to the defence of white commercial farmers and photographic safari operators, the Parsons/Davies family.
The farmers have been evicted from Chief’s Lodge on Ntabazinduna Mountain in Matabeleland, which is considered sacred by the local people. In a letter to Pindula News, Glyn Hunter wrote:
In a very interesting new development in Zimbabwe, Chief Nhlanhla Felix Ndiweni, Paramount Chief of the Ndiweni people, and the College of Amakhosi (chiefs) have thrown their very considerable weight behind white commercial farmers and photographic safari operators, the Parsons/Davies family, who have been evicted from Chief’s Lodge on Ntabazinduna Mountain in Matabeleland, a mountain that is sacred to the Ndebele people.
In a hard-hitting statement castigating President Mnangagawa’s regime and the former worker who has evicted them from their 21-hectare property, Chief Ndiweni has called the eviction unjust and an infringement of the rule of law.
He notes that the Parsons/Davies family is a part of the Ntabazinduna family and that an attack on this family is an attack upon the whole Ntabazinduna family.
He warns the Mnangagwa administration that the College of the Amakhosi (chiefs) is calling for the US government and the European Union to immediately increase and tighten all of the sanctions and targeted travel restrictions they have applied selectively against specific members of this administration.
He stresses that this eviction has impoverished the local Ndebele people for the sake of a corrupt few individuals and that the workers the Parsons/Davies family employed are all now destitute. The employees and their families – more than 2,000 people in total – were all housed on the farm and game sanctuary before the properties were taken over and divided up into small, unproductive plots. The Parsons/Davies family built a school for the employees’ children, which is still supported by the Davies family.
Chief Nhlanhla Felix Ndiweni succeeded his late father as Paramount Chief of Zimbabwe’s Ndiweni people in 2014. He was sent to London in 1981 to study for a degree in engineering technology and mechanical engineering and lived in the UK for more than 20 years. He also has degrees in management studies, specialising in local governance, and law. He is committed to bringing independence and an end to poverty to his people through individual property rights.
With kind regards
Glyn Hunter (Mrs)
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