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    Acting chiefs present headaches for Zanu PF




    TATENDA CHIZU

    MASVINGO –  More than 30 acting chiefs throughout the country are believed to be causing fresh headaches for Zanu PF's campaign machinery after they threatened 'bhora musango' because they are not getting free vehicles under a Government run scheme.
    Zanu PF is widely tipped to win the 2018 elections according to a number of national and international surveys conducted in the last few months.
    However several acting chiefs from powerful and influential royal families called The Mirror and said they are going to scuttle the ruling party's election bid because they were plainly told that they are not entilted to cars under the Government car scheme.
    The traditional leaders director of Chiefs in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Felix Chikovo confirmed that it is Government policy that acting chiefs do not get vehicles because they are only in that post for two years.
    Zanu PF provincial chairman for Masvingo Ezra Chadzamira was not reachable for comment.
    Chiefs are allowed to act for only two years but there are tens of chiefs who have served in such capacities for periods of up to eight years. The five southern region provinces namely Masvingo, Midlands, Mash East and Manicaland have 38 powerful chiefs who are acting.
    The threats by the acting chiefs are despite the fact that the Constitution of Zimbabwe does not allow them to get involved in partisan politics.
    Masvingo Province for example has the highest number of acting chiefs with 15 out of a total of 42 or 35% acting.
    Midlands has five acting chiefs out of 46, Mashonaland East has four acting chiefs out of 34,  Matebeleland South has two out of 30 and Manicaland has 12 out of 32
    Of more concern to Zanu PF's election campaign machinery is that some of the acting chiefs like Chief Gutu are among the most powerful and influential in the country.
    A chief who called The Mirror on condition of anonymity argued that acting chiefs performed the same duties as substantive chiefs and they were therefore entitled to all benefits including cars.
    Chief Mugabe of Masvingo Rural and Chief Shindi of Chivi who are among the most powerful traditional leaders told The Mirror that they did not get Government cars.
    On threats to derail Zanu PF campaigns, Chief Gutu who heads one of the most populous districts in the country said he is not a politician and he don't campaign for any political party.
    "Who told you that we will not get cars from the ministry, it's a lie. I am not a politician so I don't do campaigns I'm just a traditional leader", said Chief Gutu
    Chief Mugabe said he will not campaign for Zanu PF because it's not our duty as Chiefs.
     Chief Shindi said he will just campaign and support Zanu PF not as a traditional leader but because he is a war veteran so he has no option.
    Acting chiefs in Masvingo are Chief Mugabe, Chief Nyajena, Bikita there is Chief Budzi, Chief Ziki and Chief Mukanganwi, in Zaka there is Chief Nyakunhuwa, Mwenezi there is Chief Mawarire and Chief Murove, Chivi there is Chief Shindi and in Chiredzi there is Chief Gudo.
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