MDC blasts Nyoni over headmen

THE Welshman Ncube-led MDC has attacked Zanu PF politburo member Sithembiso Nyoni for urging headmen to drum up support for her party ahead of possible elections this year.


Nyoni, who is also Small and Medium Enterprises minister, told a rally in Nkayi over the weekend that the headmen had to thank President Robert Mugabe for the powers he gave to traditional leaders. At the rally held at Gwelutshena on Saturday, Nyoni said traditional leadership structures like the headmen and village heads should stop the MDCs from getting the rural vote.

However, in a statement yesterday, the MDC hit back saying “it condemns in strongest terms the statements attributed to Sithembiso Nyoni that traditional leaders must stop the MDC activities in Nkayi North. The MDC finds these statements very irresponsible and bound to incite violence and intimidation against those that are opposed to Zanu PF”.

Party national spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube said: “These irresponsible utterances betray a party that holds traditional leaders in absolute contempt and show the level of moral decay within Zanu PF that still wants to use traditional leaders to prop up their failing bid to buttress the dwindling political support throughout the country.”

Dube said Nyoni’s utterances were “a reminder of the failed Rhodesian system of governance that turned the traditional leaders into spies of the regime”.

“The MDC is convinced that the quest for a just and fair Zimbabwe has reached a point of no return and Zanu PF will not succeed where Smith failed,” he said.

“The MDC will insist at all times that traditional leaders are not only respected, but also protected from being used and abused for personal political gain by those whose ability to engage in peaceful and issue-based political discourse is greatly diminished.”

Dube said his party would “within the ambit of the GPA (Global Political Agreement) challenge Nyoni’s statements which fly in the face of and are a violation of the GPA to which her party is a signatory”.


  1. Ko iye Ncube arambidzwa naani kuti avaudzewo kuti they should drum up support 4 his party. Ane victim mentality. Leave otha parties’ business and concentrate on yo own.

  2. Zvimaparty zvemacomplains

  3. Ana Jet!

  4. These Mthwakazi Gukurahundis are a pain, they love singing for their supper to the top Gukurahundi. They are copying everything the original Gukurahundis came with from Mozambique and yet they joined these Gukurahundis from PF ZAPU, which was a very decent and people-oriented party. In PF ZAPU these Mthwakazi Gukurahundis never used to be like this – what happened? Dr Joshua Nkomo must indeed be turning in his grave.

    The MDC is very, very right. Traditional leaders, just like Kings and Queens represent all the people under their jurisdiction, not only those of certain political parties – this is why they are not supposed to partake in politics. They are custodians of a people’s cultures, values and norms. Unfortunately Gukurahundis don’t understand this.

  5. Ko ncube warwadziwa nei ipapa?

  6. I am not aware of any part in Zimbabwe where traditional leaders are elected by the generality of the population. Thus said they represent all their “subjects”. There is another layer of representation, councillors and MPs these are political, representing their political party interest. So lets not be silly and cloud issues. Sithembiso is wrong period.

  7. @Mbonisi

    Not Joshua Nkomo turning in his grave. but Lobengula and Mzilikazi. These were chief advocates of peace, equal rights, private property ownership, hard work, zero tolerence for violence, thievery, slavery, rape and so fort and so forth.

    1. @shame

      My knowledge and experience of Zim’s politics starts with Dr Joshua Nkomo, and not anyone else before him – this is why I refer to him. I lived during his time, met and saw the man and I know what he stood for and what he advocated.

      As for you, I am surprised you are still alive to this day, year 2013 seeing that you seem to know and have experienced governance by King Mzilikazi and Lobhengula. Indeed, you must be the oldest man on this planet.

    2. imali ilesono bakithi, your own people were butchered just yesterday today they suffer unspeakable injustices and marginalistion ,disenfranchised yet you have no shame to spew such bile….this a matter of principle ,oh well you might want that pay cheque at the end of the day. but sabotaging the emancipation of your kind is worse sin unforgivable

  8. Its unfortunate people like mbonisi still roam the streets in this day and age. YOU are the very reason why we have intolerance in our socio-political circles;because you fan tribalism and hatred. What? Just because Mqabuko is late the Unity Accord doesn’t represent anything anymore? You need to grow up! And also understand that you are not an island!

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