Election watchdog challenges Charumbira’s Zanu PF affiliation

The Election Resource Centre (ERC) has filed an urgent chamber application challenging a statement made by the Zimbabwe Chiefs’ Council urging traditional leaders to support Zanu PF and its presidential candidate in this year’s general elections.
ERC, a think-tank and advocacy organisation, cited Chief Fortune Charumbira as Chiefs’ Council president and the Local Government minister July Moyo as the other respondents.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

The urgent High Court chamber application was brought against Charumbira for the remarks he made on October 23 last year at a meeting of Chiefs’ Council meeting in Bulawayo.

ERC submitted that Charumbira’s remarks, urging traditional leaders to support a political party, violate the spirit and ethos of the Constitution and the obligations imposed on him by the country’s supreme law.

“I aver that the first respondent’s remarks are unlawful in terms of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, particularly chapter 15 and the Traditional Leaders Act, which provides traditional leaders not to be members of any political party or participate in partisan politics,” the submission reads.

According to the summons, Charumbira is alleged to have said: “As chiefs, we agreed during the 2014 congress that Cde (Robert) Mugabe is our candidate for the 2018 elections.

“We are all united and he is still our candidate. We have been supporting him and we can confirm that winning is guaranteed.”
The elections monitoring body wants the High Court to declare Charumbira’s remarks unlawful and to order him to retract the words as they violate the Constitution.

“A well-grounded fear that the general population of Zimbabwe that holds the institution of traditional leadership in high esteem might be misled by remarks and take respondent’s word, thereby, putting our democracy and values including good governance in danger,” ERC said.

The watchdog also wants Charumbira to retract the remarks and publish the retraction in a national newspaper with a national circulation and all broadcasting stations in the country.

ERC is represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights members, Mupanga Bhatasara Attorneys.

Charumbira and Moyo are yet to respond opposing the application.

8 Comments

  1. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakohamandishe

    Comment…Chimbichimbi, muna Gumiguru, apa vaMugabe hasisiri Mutungamiri wenyika. Zvinombofamba seyi kuMatare emhosva veduwe?

    1. Kkkkkk..you raise a very valid question…where is the urgency? Surely why wait from October last until now…the aim is to catch Charumbira offside but it appears there is bungling galore. Uku kutsvaga kutukwa najudge chete..kkkkk

  2. This will be an interesting case, I hope the stupidity of this chief will be laid bare.

  3. To add insult to injury, the controversial chief also pledged the chiefs’ allegiance to President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF when they were given cars. The ERC should also add this information to bolster their case for what Charumbira is saying is atrocious and a violation of the country’s Constitution to say the least. Even the President who is a lawyer for that matter allows this to unravel for political expediency. This just goes to show that the leopard (Zanu PF) will never change its colours inspite of the so-called ‘new dispensation’.

  4. To add insult to injury, the controversial chief also pledged the chiefs’ allegiance to President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF when they were given cars. The ERC should also add this information to bolster their case for what Charumbira is saying is atrocious and a violation of the country’s Constitution to say the least. Even the President who is a lawyer for that matter allows this to unravel for political expediency. This just goes to show that the leopard (Zanu PF) will never change its colours inspite of the so-called ‘new dispensation’.

  5. If by any chance there is an mdc govt, i would like to see them going for campaigns without the chief’s goodwill and support

    1. i think history has it that they have done that before.

  6. These kind of premature utterances without objectivity in any sense must stop. A chief is expected to behave like one “—-madzimambo akare aivapo kubatanidza nekuumba kwete kungomwashuka kutaura ….munhu mukuru anozivikanwa nekutaura zvine uchenjeri..” If the chiefs are behind the force of building Zimbabwe as the so called new dispensation seems to be pushing for then A REDRESS FROM CHIEF CHARUMBIRA IS INEVITABLE!! HE HAS TO PURELY REVERSE HIS UTTERANCES AND PREACH THE GOSPEL OF UNITY HARMONY AND PEACEFUL EXERCISE AND EXPRESSION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS BY THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE.

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