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    84 households petition Mugabe over Chief Chirumanzu



    ELLEN MLAMBO

    MVUMA – Tens of families from Chirumanzu led by Headman Chaka born Francis Takaendesa have petitioned President Mugabe and asked him to remove Chief Chirumanzu  (Gerald Mudzengi) from the throne who they accuse of having failed to embody his roles as a traditional leader.
    They allege that he has been convicted of various crimes including confiscating villagers' properties.
    The thick document, dated May 2017 gives 11 points as the grounds on which Chirumanzu must be removed. The petitioners appealed to Mugabe to immediately remove Chirumanzu and save his subjects from alleged injustices.
    The petition also accuses Mudzengi of a number of criminal activities but there is no record in the documents to show whether he was convicted in a court of law.
    Chief Chirumanzu could not be reached for a comment as his mobile phone was unreachable up to the time of going to Press.
    The petitioners said Mudzengi has negated his duties as prescribed in the Traditional Leaders Act and this is causing suffering for many people within and outside his jurisdiction.
    They accuse him of charging exorbitant fines at his courts, of sidelining the Chirumanzu Royal Family in the running of the chieftainship, failing to support headmen and village heads in the performance of their duties, adjudicating outside his area and asking people to pay cattle in order to be appointed to traditional leadership positions.
    They also accuse him of abusing Zanu PF, the Police and war veterans for personal gain and they allege that he was convicted in the courts of law.
    They said by taking beasts for fines from poor widows who had just one cow, Mudzengi was merciless and they accused him of instilling fear in the communities.
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