Construction of chief’s house sparks controversy

The construction of a chief’s house here by the Family International Church, has sparked anger from soldiers who are said to be closely watching the house.

Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa.
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa.

Chief Changara Kasekete is accused of taking part in the 2008 election violence. He is said to have apologised for his actions at a meeting called by the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) meeting to discuss violence.

The chief is said to have declared at the meeting that perpetrators of political violence should pay fines to appease ancestral spirits.

Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, who leads the church, reportedly promised to build the chief a house after a church crusade two years ago.

MDC-T chairman for Muzarabani North, Itayi Charumbukwa, confirmed the heavy presence of soldiers in the area.

“There are soldiers all over the area and they have been intimidating people asking them why they are selling out the country.”

He said although the soldiers had claimed to be patrolling the borders, they were always seen near the chief’s house.

MDC-T Shamva North legislator, Godfrey Chimombe, confirmed the chief had apologised for his past actions.

But the chief dismissed as malicious, reports that his house was under security guard by soldiers. The chief also denied he was affiliated to any political party, saying the reports were the work of people wanting to drag his name in the mud.

“But yes I can confirm I decreed that anyone charged with political violence will pay a beast because our ancestral spirits hate the unnecessary spilling of blood,” the chief said.

Political analyst Professor John Makumbe, said it was awkward for armed men to guard a construction of a chief’s house. He, however, defended the construction of the house by Makandiwa’s church, saying it could be a genuine act of social responsibility.

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