The chief of a Shangani clan in Chiredzi has written a letter to President Emmerson Mnangagwa protesting against the imposition of Chief Neromwe, a Karanga chief in the area.
Hlaisi Mundau, who is Chief Tshovani, has taken the case of Clement Madzingo’s installation as Chief Neromwe in his area of jurisdiction to the High Court.
In a letter dated May 8, 2019, and addressed to Mnangagwa and Vice Presidents Kembo Mohadi and Constantino Chiwenga, Attorney-General Prince Machaya, Chief Justice Luke Malaba and Local Government minister July Moyo, Chief Tshovani said:
My writing to you is anchored by your acknowledgement of Clement Madzingo as Chief Neromwe whereby you, as president of Zimbabwe, signed his papers for him to be a substantive chief, imposing him on my land.
The imposition of non-existent chiefs was done by colonialists. Not even former president (Robert) Mugabe during his 37 years of power did that.
When such matters of resuscitating old chieftainships arose, President Mugabe would widely consult all parties concerned, but your new dispensation is imposing without any consultation.
The issue, if you fail to handle it, has serious tribal connotations since I am a Shangani chief, and the imposed Chief Neromwe in my area of jurisdiction is Karanga.
This appeal is made on my behalf as Chief Tshovani and indeed on behalf of my Milo clan, the Shangani people and my concerned subjects under my jurisdiction. My argument is also anchored by an attached affidavit from the vice- president of the national Chiefs’ Council.
I am saying Chief Neromwe is a non-existent office because he has no land in the area that he wants to be imposed on; that land is within my government-gazetted boundary since time immemorial.