Outspoken Matabeleland traditional leader, Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna has been told to abdicate his throne and join politics by the ruling ZANU PF party.
Chief Ndiweni was apparently incensed by the government’s decision to evict a white farmer in Ntabazinduna, replacing him with a black farmer.
His call for tougher sanctions against the ruling ZANU PF elite has caused consternation in the corridors of power.
Zanu-PF’s Matabeleland North provincial chairperson Richard Moyo had this to say:
He must just join politics and leave the chieftaincy. He should come into mainstream politics by joining these political parties that he is aligned to or even form his own and we will show him how winning politics is played, he has no chance against Zanu-PF.
In pursuit of a political agenda, he has chosen to advocate for the suffering of the people instead of working towards their development and unity.
We know that initially, he was running with secessionist movements like Mthwakazi and later we heard he was endorsing Chamisa despite his loss in the 2018 elections.
Moyo said that traditional leaders should ignore chief Ndiweni’s attempts to divide the country.
However, some analysts have said that it is hypocritical of ZANU PF to lambast Chief Ndiweni whilst the party turns a deaf ear when Chief Charumbira endorses the ruling party at every turn.
Mthwakazi is the traditional name of the original-Ndebele and Ndebele kingdom which existed in Zimbabwe until the end of the 19th century. Mthwakazi is also used to refer to inhabitants of Matabeleland and Midlands provinces in Zimbabwe. Read More About Mthwakazi
Richard Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician and Member of Parliament for Umguza Constituency, he is a member of the ZANU-PF party. Read More About Richard Moyo
Matabeleland is a region which covers a considerable part of the south western plateau of Zimbabwe. The area is predominantly home to the Ndebele speaking Zimbabwean societies. Read More About Matabeleland