Chief threatens locals

The former president of the Council of Chiefs, Fortune Charumbira, has told locals that he will withhold food aid from anyone who did not support Zanu (PF) in the recent elections.

His remarks come at a time when harvests have failed and residents have little choice but to leave the area.

Nobert Mushonga, a villager, said since he supported other political parties in the run up to the polls, he is contemplating leaving the country. “We are going to be punished by the chief so it is better for me to leave the country,” said Mushonga. “The message was conveyed by the chief himself and he did not make it a secret that he will starve those who did not support Zanu (PF).”

Another villager said that he was told to leave the area by the chief because of his political affiliation. “I was told to leave the area because we were seen putting on party regalia during the election period,” said the villager.

According to the new constitution, traditional chiefs should not be partisan when conducting their traditional duties.

However, Charumbira said this week that he did not regret making the statement. “I do not regret making that statement. How do you expect me to feed my enemy?” he said.

The MDC-T losing candidates for Masvingo west, Takanai Mureyi, dragged Chief Charumbira to court for intimidating villagers and political opponents in the area.

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