Zanu PF should stop intimidating traditional leaders

AS the nation slowly descends into the election season, one hopes that the “new” government under President Emmerson Mnangagwa — as well as Zanu PF — will totally break away from the past as they are parroting.

But reports on the ground appear to suggest a different story, particularly when party supporters threaten traditional leaders to throw their weight behind Zanu PF when they are supposed to be apolitical.

During former President Robert Mugabe’s reign, it had become the norm that traditional leaders across the country had become appendages of Zanu PF and the people who marched in the streets to pressurise the former leader to step down were hoping that such a political culture would go down with its patron.

If Mnangagwa is honest in his new gospel of “Zimbabwe is open for business” then he should read the riot act to his supporters, so that they stop harassing traditional leaders or railroading them into supporting Zanu PF if they so want.

This will be one of his litmus tests as he seeks to gain acceptance both locally and internationally.

There is a widespread feeling that while the damage done under Mugabe cannot be repaired overnight, the new government has so far failed to even do some of the most basic things to really prove that indeed, the story has changed and the intimidation of traditional leaders to support Zanu PF is one of those contentious areas.

If the voice of the people is indeed the voice of God as Mnangagwa would have us believe, then he is duty-bound to stamp his authority and rein in his party’s foot soldiers, particularly in the rural areas, who are in the business of intimidating people to vote for Zanu PF.

It is tragic that chiefs would be threatened with unspecified action if Zanu PF loses seats in their chieftainships.

These can only be signs of a new “error” rather than a new era. One of the true marks of a democracy is when people are allowed to vote whoever they want without being arm-twisted.

10 Comments

  1. Were is the proof

  2. Matanga masakamu. Lies,lies and more lies. Name just one chief who has been threatened….hapana!!

  3. MUGABE CHANGED THE CONSTITUTION TO COMMUNIST
    GET WITH IT & ADOPT BRITISH CONSTITUTION — THEN THINGS WILL GET SORTED OUT

    1. SIMBA. You mean to tell me that you do not know that we are now using our own Zimbabwean made constitution ? Its sad . Please go and get our Zim constitution from the printers or download it from the internet .

  4. The problem we have is the belief that who ever votes for Zanu PF has been forced . The chiefs have the right to vote for whoever they want . Do you really expect Munangagwa to tell the chiefs to vote for another person ? If you were in his position would you do such a thing . Your vote is your secret so how do you know that the chiefs vote for Zanu PF ?Each party should campaign and not waste time talking about other parties .

    1. thats great just sale your manifesto to the people and stop hurt language lets hear your strategies do not be critical to other parties and always be positive

  5. Comment…Zanu yakawora kare. ikasabata nesimba haiwane even one vote. evidence for what tac the facts now evidence is needed on a fact. zanu under mugabe still the same zanu today. the car is the same only drivers changed. n the one on the staring is more reckless. tongai muchiziva kuti u are oppressors. ….

  6. Chiefs were told who to vote for when their hands were greased. It is the same old script we are readind. We are busy financing/bribing the electorate when essential social services are left unattended. Hamheno kwavzirikuenda

    1. sale your manifesto to us

  7. All evidence should b brought forward to substantiate the claims-just bring forward one chief who has bn intimidated & why that chief has agreed to b intimidated now 40 yrs after the liberation war;why can’t you invite credible foreign observers to help u witness the intimidation& help bring evidence forward-the nation does not need wasting self precious time detracted in mere opposition political games.Ngwena has clearly declared the era new dispensetion

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