RUTENDO CHIRUME

MASVINGO-Traditional leadership disputes seem to be the order of the day in Zimbabwe as rarely is there any installation of a traditional leader without the courts being involved and resuscitation of Nemamwa chieftainship is no exception.

The Midweek Watch is in possession of an urgent court interdict by Jimmy Matambo, one of the claimants to the Nemamwa chieftainship in Masvingo Rural stopping the installation of Tranos Manjiva as Chief Nemamwa as he claims the process was not done following due process.

The urgent court application is under case number 6261-22 and will be heard by Justice Rodgers Manyagadze at the High Court on a date to be advised, which puts the installation of Chief Nemamwa in serious doubts.

The installation of Chief Nemamwa has been penciled for October 3, 2022 following a letter dated September 7, 2022 from Masvingo District Development Coordinator, Roy Hove confirming Manjiva as Chief Nemamwa.

“Please be advised that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe has in terms of Section 283 (1) (b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No 20) Act, 2013 as read with Section (3) (1) of the Traditional Leaders Act (Chapter 29:17) appointed you, Tranos Manjiva as Substantive Chief Nemamwa in Masvingo District with effect from August 30, 2022,” reads part of the letter.

In his urgent court application by his lawyer, Charles Warara of Warara and Associates dated September 14, 2022, Matambo prays that the High Court stop the official installation of Manjiva as Chief Nemamwa.

Matambo cites Manjiva as the first responded, Minister of Local Government and Public Works, July Moyo as second respondent and President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the third respondent.

Matambo says in his affidavit that Manjiva is not from Nemamwa area but from Chief Charumbira area therefore he will be a chief in another chief’s area. He also says Manjiva House was preserved for priesthood and were responsible for rainmaking hence they are not eligible to be chiefs.

He also says the Provincial Chiefs Council was not involved in the selection of Manjiva but the appointment was fast tracked by Minister July Moyo who wrote a recommendation letter to the President to consent to the appointment.

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