Chief Fortune Charumbira seems not happy with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s approval of the appointment of Chief Bere, questioning why one would receive a chieftainship which has been abandoned under the colonial regime.
Charumbira could not hide his anger during a rally held by Masvingo West MP Ezra Chadzamira where he was given chance to address the gathering recently.
Chief Charumbira is alleged to have chanted a slogan in which he denounced Chief Bere calling him an ‘imposter’.
Chief Charumbira is said to have pleaded with Chadzamira to intervene on the matter and ‘knock some sense’ into President Mnangagwa’s head that Chief Bere’s kingdom is not legitimate.
Chief Charumbira told TellZim News that his issues with Chief Bere were dealt with by the courts last week where Chief Bere’s urgent application for a peace order against him was thrown out.
“We were at the court last week where Bere had applied for a peace order against Chief Zimuto and me. The application was thrown out because it lacked merit and Bere had to plead for the withdrawal of his case because he feared costs.
“I will not answer any more questions but I am giving the phone to Zondi Charumbira who can speak on my behalf, ”said Chief Charumbira before handing over the phone to one Zondi.
Zondi defended Chief Charumbira saying that he never chanted a slogan against Chief Bere but said that they are willing to go to any length to fight the revived chiefdom.
“Bere is not a chief and there is a High Court order to that effect .On March 16, we were at the court where Bere asked for a peace order against us but his case was thrown out.
“Bere was crowned against a High Court order and he is not the legitimate chief,” said Zondi.
However, Zondi confirmed that Chief Charumbira indeed engaged Chadzamira to intervene on the matter and said that they are allowed to say whatever they want at a rally.
“It was a rally so people are allowed to say what they think and want .Chief Charumbira engaged minister Chadzamira on the matter and we are prepared to go to any length to deal with the matter,” said Zondi.
Chief Bere born Phineas Tafirei has found himself under attack from Chief Charumbira who has since ganged up with Chief Zimuto who also lost territory to the new kingdom.
Chadzamira confirmed to TellZim News that he was engaged by Chief Charumbira to carry the message to President Mnangagwa.
“We were at a rally and my response was that I am only a politician therefore, I do not have powers to appoint chiefs or get involved in traditional leaders’s issues,” said Chadzamira.
“Chief Charumbira asked me to engage President Mnangagwa on the matter as you are aware that he is the appointing authority for chiefs. He is the one with the power to revive or dissolve kingdoms,” said Chadzamira.
Chief Bere was crowned at a ceremony which was attended by Charumbira himself and other chiefs in Masvingo province.
Source: TellZim News