Pro­tec­tion or­der against vil­lage head

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A MAN from Mangwe has been granted a pro­tec­tion or­der against a vil­lage head who is in the habit of as­sault­ing and in­sult­ing him over his eth­nic back­ground.

Mr Shem Mat­sau, who re­sides in Mad­abe area, told a court that the vil­lage head Lam­ba­mai Ncube was in the habit of or­der­ing him to leave the area where he has been res­i­dent for the past 20 years and “go back to Mashona­land”.

He said Ncube claimed that he had the power to grant peo­ple per­mis­sion to live in the area or evict them.

“Your Wor­ship I’m no longer liv­ing in peace be­cause of the things which my vil­lage head is do­ing to me. I’ve been stay­ing at my home­stead for about 20 years and Ncube just came re­cently and he’s now caus­ing prob­lems for me.

“He told me that since I’m a Shona speak­ing per­son I should leave the area and go back to my home area in Mashona­land. He’s con­stantly hurling th­ese in­sults at me and at times he ac­tu­ally as­saults me,” Mr Mat­sau said.

He said some­time in April, Ncube threat­ened to axe him and pelted him with stones for cut­ting down some trees within the area to fix a kraal.

Mr Mat­sau said Ncube was abus­ing his pow­ers and us­ing his po­si­tion as a vil­lage head to in­tim­i­date him.

He ap­pealed to the court to stop Ncube from as­sault­ing, in­sult­ing or in­tim­i­dat­ing him.

Mr Mat­sau also asked the court to bar Ncube from vis­it­ing his home­stead or work­place and to stop him from in­ter­fer­ing with his life.

In re­sponse, Ncube re­fused to stay away from Mr Mat­sau’s home­stead say­ing he must have ac­cess to any home­stead within his ju­ris­dic­tion.

“I can’t stay away from his home­stead be­cause as a vil­lage head I have to ac­cess ev­ery sec­tion of the com­mu­nity which is within my area. I can visit his home­stead when­ever I want be­cause of the po­si­tion that I hold.

“We can even re­solve this is­sue among our­selves but I can’t do this if I’m re­stricted from go­ing into his home. If I’m de­nied ac­cess to a sec­tion of the com­mu­nity then how will I gov­ern,” he said.

Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon, lashed out at Ncube for abus­ing his pow­ers as a tra­di­tional leader. He ad­vised him that if a com­mu­nity mem­ber did not want him at his home­stead then he had to re­spect that.

Mr Phile­mon granted Mr Mat­sau the pro­tec­tion or­der.

“The fact that you are a vil­lage head does not mean that you can bull­doze your way into peo­ple’s home­steads. You should re­spect them and don’t use the power that you have to in­tim­i­date peo­ple. As a tra­di­tional leader you have to lead peo­ple and not ha­rass them,” he said. — @DubeMatutu

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