Concerns have been raised in some quarters over the conduct and utterances made by a traditional leader, Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Felix Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna
The chief’s actions are considered a violation of the country’s laws, particularly Traditional Leaders Act chapter 29:17 which calls for chiefs to be apolitical.
Chief Ndiweni has called for additional sanctions to be imposed on the country’s political elite for violations of citizens’ rights.
He also attended the MDC elective Congress at the end of May and gave a controversial speech at the occasion.
A Daily News contributor opines that Chief Ndiweni should be censored. He writes:
… Ndiweni represents a rebellious leadership. [He] has become unpopular for being the chief government critic, he has shown that he does not care about the nation but his eyes are fixed on anarchy and destruction. The chief has gone against his mandate and he must be sanctioned.
The chief’s conduct is highly becoming a cause for concern, raising constitutional questions. His continued attack on government and his alignment with the opposition MDC has brought renewed criticism of chiefs’ relevance in a modern-day society anchored on democratic values.
Chief Ndiweni represents the most confused brainwashed chief. To think that he is the custodian of the nation’s culture and tradition is indeed sickening.
However, the same could be said of most traditional leaders, from chiefs, headmen and village heads who commandeer villagers to vote for the ruling ZANU PF party during elections.
It has been alleged that some chiefs use food aid as a tool to punish perceived opposition supporters.
The president of the chiefs’ council, Chief Fortune Charumbira is known for his open support for ZANU PF. He has even been dragged to court for his partisanship and was recently gagged by the High Court of Zimbabwe.