13 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Kraal Head Denied Throne for Supporting MDC

press release

Bikita — Chief Marozva is allegedly blocking Sam Rinashe from taking over as the kraal head of Rinashe village in Bikita West Constituency, arguing that he is an MDC supporter.

The saga began in 2008, after the death of Sam's father Taruberekera Rinashe Rinashe. Since then Chief Marozva has been battling to block Sam Rinashe's official inauguration as the kraal head of the village.

Chief Marozvawa has installed one Nicolas Rinashe a Zanu PF supporter as acting kraal head. It is understood Chief Marozva has declared his support for the former ruling party and he is fighting to block MDC activities in his area.

"We have been suffering since 2008 when we were persecuted for refusing to be used by Zanu PF to commit acts of political violence. According to the family tree I am supposed to be installed as the kraal head after my father, but Chief Marozva accuses me of being an MDC activist. Since the death of my father the chief has been tormenting me and using all sorts of political tactics to frustrate me.

In 2008, I was beaten up by Zanu PF supporters in a bid to silence me. I will not keep quiet until I get hold of what belongs to me. Chief Marozva has imposed my cousin Nicolas as the acting kraal head yet he does not deserve to sit on the throne. The Chief openly told me that I will not sit on the throne because I am an MDC supporter, "said Sam.

He added: "I made a report to JOMIC and I hope the matter will be resolved amicably. What complicated the matter is that officials from the Ministry of Local Government Rural and Urban Planning are reluctant to act on the matter. I had no option but to approach JOMIC since the case has clear political connotations. I have since compiled a report for Jomic and I am eagerly anticipating their response, "Sam said .

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