Chief cas­ti­gates op­po­si­tion par­ties, trib­al­ists

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqobile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

THE coun­try’s tra­di­tional lead­er­ship should be in­volved in dis­cour­ag­ing vi­o­lent protests that have dogged the coun­try in re­cent months.

Ad­dress­ing the Bu­l­awayo Press Club on Thurs­day, Chief Ndi­weni of Ntabazin­duna cas­ti­gated po­lit­i­cal par­ties who use vi­o­lence to fur­ther their agen­das.

The coun­try has in the past few months seen vi­o­lent protests fu­elled by op­po­si­tion par­ties who un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally want to un­seat the Gov­ern­ment.

Chief Ndi­weni, son to the late Nde­bele paramount Chief Khay­isa Ndi­weni, said tra­di­tional lead­ers must be en­gaged in ad­dress­ing the coun­try’s prob­lems as their ju­ris­dic­tion af­fects most of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion.

He said the coun­try can only end dis­putes through di­a­logue.

“To us as chiefs to have dis­or­der, pulling and fight­ing, it’s not some­thing that we want to see. That’s why when groups come to Ntabazin­duna, they should con­duct them­selves in a law­ful way so that we can have proper dis­course,” said Chief Ndi­weni.

“It’ll be nice if chiefs would have a voice on what is hap­pen­ing and try to calm the wa­ters down.”

He said Zim­bab­weans should know that no for­eigner will solve the coun­try’s prob­lems.

“At the end of the day it will have to be a Zim­bab­wean so­lu­tion to a Zim­bab­wean prob­lem,” Chief Ndi­weni said.

He said tra­di­tional lead­ers should be apo­lit­i­cal if they are to ef­fec­tively serve their ar­eas of ju­ris­dic­tion.

“We can start from the no­tion that tra­di­tional lead­ers are apo­lit­i­cal. They’re not en­ter­ing the po­lit­i­cal arena. If we ac­cept this no­tion then tra­di­tional lead­ers should and must have a say in what is cur­rently hap­pen­ing in the coun­try,” said Chief Ndi­weni.

He said de­lays in Gov­ern­ment dis­burse­ment of chiefs al­lowances were in­ca­pac­i­tat­ing tra­di­tional lead­ers.

Chief Ndi­weni said al­though chiefs are chair­per­sons of the com­mu­nity share own­er­ship schemes they are get­ting pal­try al­lowances.

He said some­times chiefs can go for over three months with­out re­ceiv­ing their al­lowances.

The chief said com­ing from the Di­as­pora, he first had to fix his fi­nances be­cause the Gov­ern­ment’s al­lowance was de­press­ing.

“It’s not a wage, it’s an al­lowance and with­out be­ing dis­re­spect­ful or ar­ro­gant, I can spend it over break­fast. By the time I fin­ish my ba­con and eggs, it will be fin­ished,” said Chief Ndi­weni who was based in the United King­dom be­fore he as­cended the throne. The chief blasted trib­al­ists. “Ev­ery time I see some­one re­fer­ring to tribes, for me the per­son who says tribes is a per­son who is yet to get over coloni­sa­tion. When the An­glo-Sax­ons came to this coun­try, they found na­tions, na­tions in com­plete­ness among the black peo­ple. I’ve said it many times that Zim­babwe is a na­tion of na­tions,” he said.

Chief Ndi­weni said the coun­try’s courts should re­spect the rul­ings made by tra­di­tional lead­ers who are also guided by the law in deal­ing with their cases. — @ nqot­shili

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