Chief Bans MDC’s Friday Political Meetings
Chimanimani has banned the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai from holding political meetings in the area on
The chief told party officials that the party can no longer hold any
political meetings in the area claiming Friday is a customary sacred day
known in the Shona language as Chisi.
“On Sunday this week the chief summoned us to his court and told us to stop
a meeting which we wanted to hold on Friday at Kutamburika business centre.
The chief said he has been instructed with immediate effect not to sanction
any political activity held on a Chisi day,” said Charles Mashingaidze, the
party’s ward chairperson for the area.
Mashingaidze questioned the motive and source of the new directive which he
insisted is a ploy by Zanu (PF) to curtail the MDC from campaigning in the
“From my own understanding chisi is a day where people are not supposed to
work in their fields because of cultural reasons. Why change the rules now
when previously every political party has been holding meetings on this day?
We are monitoring the situation and see if the same applies to Zanu (PF),”
The MDC district coordinator for Chimanimani Pardon Maguta said the party
will defy the chief‘s directive.
“Chiefs should not abuse their traditional positions by getting involved in
cheap politics. Over the past weeks we have observed a trend where Zanu (PF)
is using chiefs to settle political scores. This is what exactly chief
Zimunda is trying to do and that we will not accept,” said Maguta.
About three weeks ago following Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s botched marriage
with Locadia Karimatsenga, a Chiweshe chief, Luscious Chitsande
unsuccessfully tried to summon the PM to his traditional court for allegedly
marrying in the traditionally holy month of November.
After the incident another chief from Masvingo province, Ephias Munodawafa
also attempted to drag the MDC-T legislator for Masvingo central, Jeffreyson
Chitando to his traditional court.
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