Traditional leader, Chief Nhlanhla Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna has expressed his gratitude to other traditional leaders, police, fellow inmates at the prison and prison officers for visiting him and treating him well during his tenure in prison.
The outspoken chief was sentenced to effective 18 months in prison for vandalising property belonging to one of his subjects who was resisting banishment from his chiefdom.
His incarceration was widely condemned with some arguing that it was politically motivated as the sentence was not commensurate with the alleged crime.
Ndiweni claims that the case is former Cabinet Minister, Obert Mpofu’s way of punishing him after the traditional leader sued Mpofu for stealing cattle belonging to the late Chief Ndiweni.
Speaking after being released on bail, Ndiweni said:
I would like to extend my thanks to the police. The police were doing their job. The police are a law enforcement, they cannot pick and choose what to do, they are just told and given instructions.
His remarks come when some quarters of society have been accusing the police of being inhumane when dealing with members of the public.
Concern over police conduct was also raised recently when they violently dispersed demonstrators who had gathered in the streets of Harare for 16 August protests which had been organised by the opposition MDC.
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