Chief Chirumanzu court appearance in false start


THE appearance of Chief Chirumanzu, born Gerald Mudzengi, in court to answer to stock theft charges and contempt of court on Thursday hit a snag after it emerged the docket was in disarray.



Last month, the traditional chief was ordered to pay $1 150 as restitution to a village head whose two cattle he had attached in a case over incest.

Headman Sifile Chiradza dragged the chief to court demanding his beasts arguing that he had been wrongly convicted of incest at the traditional court.

Allegations were that Chiradza had a sexual relationship with his mother’s younger sister.

Last month, Mvuma circuit court magistrate Vimbai Makora rescinded the chief’s judgment and ruled that he should pay the equivalent of two beasts he had attached but the traditional leader allegedly ignored the court order.

The chief is also accused of demanding cattle from various people after convicting them at the traditional court on charges of failure to observe sacred days.

Neither the chief nor the complainants in the matter came to court but the prosecutor who is supposed to preside over the case said the docket needed to be put in order.

He said the court would proceed by way of summons once state papers were in order.