Chief threatens villagers


MASVINGO - The leader of Zimbabwe's traditional chiefs, Fortune Charumbira,at the weekend threatened villagers with forcible eviction from their homes as punishment for not backing President Robert Mugabes ruling Zanu (PF) party in next weekend's rural council elections.
Charumbira, president

of the Chiefs’ Council and a former junior member of Mugabe’s Cabinet, made the threat at a function organised by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation in rural Masvingo province to mark World Food Day.
He told the villagers that those evicted from his area for backing the opposition would have nowhere to go as other chiefs across the country had also adopted the same policy of banning supporters of the opposition United People’s Party and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) parties from their areas.
“If you are an opposition supporter this is the time to mend your ways before we come for you and ask you to pack your bags. I don’t know where you will go because other chiefs will take a similar stance,” threatened the chief.
The opposition and pro-democracy groups blame chiefs and headmen for abandoning their traditionally neutral role in the community to side with Mugabe and Zanu (PF). – ZimOnline

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