Mnangagwa ‘justifies’ Zanu PF, chiefs link

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said there was no way his government could not engage chiefs, as only those ruling had the mandate to do so.

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA

Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters, drawn from different parts of the Midlands province, at Mapfungautsi Primary School at Gokwe town, Mnangagwa said no government programmes could be conducted without the chiefs’ knowledge.

“Soon after our inauguration as the new dispensation, the first thing we did was to meet chiefs and then churches and captains of industry, among others,” he said.

“There is no government programme or meeting that can be held if chiefs do not know who are ruling the country. Only this (advising chiefs of government activities) can be done by those ruling.”

Mnangagwa’s sentiments come at a time opposition parties and other activists have registered their concern over the involvement of chiefs in politics.

In May, High Court judge Justice Clement Phiri ordered the National Chief’s Council president Fortune Charumbira to publicly retract his statements urging chiefs to rally behind Zanu PF in this year’s general elections, after the Elections Resource Centre had dragged him (Charumbira) to court.

Charumbira, however, stood his ground and refused to apologise, arguing the High Court had erred in its ruling.
Soon after the High Court ruling, some chiefs have been attempting to justify their links to Zanu PF, with Chief Ntabeni of Zhombe last week saying traditional leaders were not partisan, but respected the ruling party for its role in the liberation struggle.

The Constitution states that traditional leaders should be impartial and neutral, but over the years, chiefs have been made to dance to the whims of Zanu PF.

Yesterday, Mnangagwa also told his party supporters that government was overwhelmed by investors wanting to invest into the country because of his “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra.

He said his government was committed to economically empower people through improving the country’s infrastructure such as roads and rail, among others.

Mnangagwa urged his supporters to report corruption saying the cancer (corruption) was derailing economic development.
“We have declared war on corruption and so, where you see corruption taking place, you should report,” he said. He also said this year’s general elections were exciting because there were “more competitors”.

12 Comments

  1. bheveni sibanda

    sekuonawo kwangu ma Chiefs ndivo varidzi venzvimbo dzese uye utungamiriri hwese hunenge hwapinda vanofanira kushanda vachirairwa nema chief. there is no way we can seperate a rulling government from the chiefs saka ED is point on paanoti zvese zvaanoita anofanira kutanga ataura nema chief uye nekuvapa mafeed backs about the political situation yenyika

  2. Comment…Even in botswana they also do that

  3. we will see if the chiefs are are going to work with president chamisa after the elections

  4. There is corruption at Hwange Colliery- Ndakurumaiwo nzeve!

  5. Thank ED keep on uplifting our norms and values maChief vanhu vakuru vanodawo ruremekedzo rwavo munyika. To show that we love our chief lets all go and vote for ED.

  6. mazicobomoco7

    Very inevitable for chiefs to be aligned and respect the ruling party, win elections and test it ED pfeee

  7. kokerai chisvo

    respecting the role of the chiefs in this nation and economic building journey vital… our community leaders play a very pivotal role hence eradicating moral decadency….. Surely ED is in the right track ….

  8. GET RID OF MUGABE CONSTITUTION

  9. Go to hell with your ED those chiefs you are talking about there are abusing rights I think it’s better to change our constitution and cancel traditional leaders

  10. so ED seriously wants people to report corruption while he sits & does what exactly?

  11. kid marongorongo

    why should cut ties with the chiefs, government programs are overseen by the chiefs, they are the bridge between government and the people so whoever says the government should not be linked to the chiefs has an element of insanity.

  12. When Ian Smith was developing Rhodesia,were the very chiefs being recognized during those days? Zanu pf party is only there to gain mirage through patronage,but when we talk seriously about the development everyone dares to see,chiefs are stepping stones only. If we take account of Marange diamond fields,it is a cursed story to give narrative because if these chiefs were very important in our lives,why is the main road linking Marange area with Mutare is a death trap gravel road? Zimbabweans don’t have brains really when South Africa and other European countries are the sort health institution destination for zanu pf looters. ZANUS PF MUST GO FOREVER.

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