Chief Nhlanhla Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna has come under fire for his remarks on sanctions.
Chief Ndiweni called for more sanctions from the United States of America and the European Union after the government gave a black farmer land previously occupied by a white farmer.
Pursuant to this, political analysts and politicians castigated Chief Ndiweni’s remarks. Political scientist and the University of Zimbabwe lecturer Professor Sheunesu Mpepereki said Chief Ndiweni’s utterances were not expected from a traditional leader. He said:
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It is unfortunate that such utterances are coming from a chief and I respectfully say that is most unfortunate and a downright unpatriotic gesture. I think in any country including America itself and Europe anybody who publicly make such utterances would be charged with treason. Clearly, what Chief Ndiweni has said is an act of treason and coming from someone who is a traditional leader is most unfortunate and regrettable.
Prof Mpepereki also said that the chief should not have called for the sanctions which will cause more suffering to the general populace including his subjects. He also said that the best way to solve disputes was through dialogue.
Victor Matemadanda, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association secretary-general said that chief Ndiweni’s remarks were symptomatic of a detached relationship he shares with his subjects.
Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs Minister Richard Moyo claimed that chief Ndiweni’s attitude is influenced by his prolonged stay in the United Kingdom.
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