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    DA accused of siding with Chief Chirumhanzu in the appointment of illegal headmen

    ELLEN MLAMBO
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    CHIRUMHANZU – Embattled Chief Chirumhanzu has been accused by residents of dismissing one of his headmen allegedly because he testified against him during a fact-finding mission by a Government Commission appointed to look into reports of alleged corruption by the traditional leader.
    Chief Chirumhanzu who was born Gerald Mudzengi is accused of unseating the illegal headmen Clamence Chako who was headman for Mavise resettlement .The residents are also accusing Chirumhanzu District Administrator Tapson Chivhanga of siding with Chief Chirumhanzu in continuing to appoint illegal village heads and headmen. They allege that Chako was removed at a meeting attended by the DA and the meeting was held at the DA's offices.
    War veteran and resettled farmer, Christopher Magwaza said he was worried by the fact that Chief Chirumhanzu is continuing to hold meetings with illegally appointed traditional leaders. He also expressed concern at the DA's alleged involvement in those meetings and told The Mirror that he would soon be engaging the relevant Minister.
    Chako allegedly told the Commission of Enquiry that visited Mvuma on July 20 2017 that the Chief was seizing villagers' cattle, goats and other properties in violation of the law. Chief Chirumhanzu is allegedly extending his authority into a resettled area where he allegedly doesn't have jurisdiction over.
    Efforts to get a comment from Chief Chirumhanzu were fruitless.
    However, Chivhanga dismissed allegations that he was supporting Chief Chirumhanzu in the dismissal of Chako and that Chirumhanzu held a meeting of headmen in his office.
    "It is true that Chief Chirumhanzu called a meeting of headmen and village heads but that was not held in my office. He gathered the headmen in a shed that is outside. It is not true that Chief Chirumhanzu dismissed Chako because according to our records, Chako has never been a registered headman. He was merely an aide to the chief and the chief has a right to dismiss his aides if he no longer agrees with them," said Chivhanga.
    He said he had nothing to do with Chirumhanzu's meeting and he (the DA) will soon be calling a general meeting of all traditional leaders from the district.
    War veteran Christopher Magwaza said the act of removing the illegally appointed headman Chako and assigning the illegally appointed headmen Clive Chimbi and Andrew Chatindo is contrary to the expectations of the community following the visit by the Commission of Enquiry.
    "We are not sure now whether the Commission of enquiry ordered Chirumhanzu to continue appointing illegal village heads and why the DA is sanctioning  such moves.We are worried that the DA, Chief Chirumhanzu, Chombo and Mnangagwa are supporting this illegal act," said Magwaza.
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