An African Forum for traditional leaders, Sultans, Princes, and Sheiks has condemned attacks perpetrated against Ntabazinduna Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni. The chief recently received threats from ZANU-PF and government officials.
Ndiweni was being attacked for inviting more sanctions on Zimbabwe, defending a white commercial farmer whose land was being given to a black farmer and for castigating president Mnangagwa’s administration.
Permanent Secretary-General Of Africa’s Forum Of Kings, King Tchiffi Zie Jean Gervais said:
This attack is a serious attack on the institution of traditional leaders, the entire legal order and the constitutional order that taints our institution and its governance. Like any other person, and especially because the occupier is a leader, he or she must not be subjected to harassment, threat or physical attack.
These remarks come after several other civil society groups and opposition political parties have been supporting the chief.
Meanwhile, ZANU PF has been arguing that traditional leaders, as per the national constitution, must not be involved in politics. Critiques however observed that chiefs in Zimbabwe have always been in politics, supporting the ruling party.