MASVINGO – His wife kept on cursing. The husband repeatedly held up papers left by the messenger of court when he ransacked through his cattle pen and drove away the biggest and fattest beast.
This is what a chief, who according to the African custom is supposed to give protection to his people is doing to villagers.
Devastated Martin Chipadza of Bruckfontein Resettlement Farm in Masvingo Rural could hardly hold back tears as he narrated how Chief Musara, through the messenger of court impounded his best beast valued at $700.
His wife Lovemore Chipadza kept on saying that some people are gods unto themselves. She said Chief Musara was so powerful he can do anything to villagers and get away with it.
When asked for a comment Chief Musara cited political enmity between him and the MP for Masvingo North Davis Marapira dating back to 2013. He said Marapira was punishing him (the chief) for not supporting him during the Zanu PF primary elections.
Chipadza who walks using crutches said the case of working during chisi had been resolved in 2015 and he thought it was over. He was surprised when a truck with a trailer drove into his yard last week and a menacing Linon Musara who is the aide to Musara got into the cattle pen and started ransacking through looking for the best beast.
The beast was collected from his pen by Joas Sibindi the Messenger of Court for Masvingo last Tuesday with the assistance of two female Police officers and was loaded into Sam Maputsa's vehicle and ferried to the Chief's residence.
"They took one of my three cattle against my wish but I had no option since they said they are following a court order although no papers were served on me prior to the incident and the court that I appeared before had amicably resolved the matter so I was shocked with this," said a distraught Chipadza.
"The guy who is complaining about his impounded beast goes about telling people that he is headman in my area. Even Chief Zimuto called me about this guy's issue and I told him that he is in my area of jurisdiction and he has his own area. This guy goes around influencing villagers against me and claiming to be a village head in my area and saying he owes his allegiance to Chief Zimuto. He is simply rebellious.
"For your own information I am empowered by the Act and I am the only traditional leader with a certificate of Warrant Constituting a Community Court according to the Customary Law and Local Courts Act in the region which was signed by the Minister of Justice (VP Emmerson Mnangagwa) in 2016.
"I am also one of the few chiefs who enforces Chisi once a month that is the first Thursday of every month only, yet others practise it every week," said Musara who sounded shocked on the phone.
When contacted for a comment MP Marapira said the Government does not condone Chiefs who take poor people's property for their benefit.
"As Government or the party we do not condone such behaviour by greedy Chiefs who take from the poor for their own benefit," said Marapira on the phone from Harare.
The offence was committed in August 2015 and the permission to allow the messenger of court to attach was granted by the Provincial Magistrate in April 2016 after an application was made by the Chief.
Chipadza has since appealed against the Chief through his lawyers. top story news