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Allowance Review: CCC Condemns Government's "Attempt To Buy Chiefs' Loyalty"

Allowance Review: CCC Condemns Government's

The opposition Citizens Coalition Change (CCC) leader, Nelson Chamisa, yesterday accused ZANU PF of trying to buy the loyalty of traditional leaders ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This comes as the government is planning to review traditional leaders’ allowances, put them on medical aid, service their vehicles and allocate them fuel, to cushion them against economic turbulences.

CCC spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere,  accused the ruling party of trying to bribe chiefs. She said:

We condemn this brazen attempt to buy the loyalty of chiefs with trinkets. We respect the role and importance of traditional leaders but we are opposed to them being used to participate in partisan politics.

Traditional leaders must be non-partisan and put the interests of the citizens they lead ahead of any partisan agenda.

Chapter 15.2 of the Constitution forbids traditional leaders from being members of any political party or in any way participating in partisan politics.

Traditional leaders have faced accusations of being ZANU PF appendages with Chiefs Council president Fortune Charumbira openly declaring his allegiance to the ruling party.

But Zanu PF director of information Tafadzwa Mugwadi said the ruling party does not believe in bribing people to vote for it adding, “Our secret to victory is servant leadership and development.”

Last year, Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga warned chiefs that they risked being stripped of their positions for criticising the ZANU PF government.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure said the government should also show the same zeal to improve the welfare of civil servants.

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15 Comments

1 month ago


charlie charlie 1 month ago

even if they give chiefs more allowances.. I vote alone in the ballot box..not with a chief...ccc ndizvo


Da Truth 1 month ago

Down has arrived uchirotomoka hameno hako CCC muchiita Sana jonso vamwe hooo tirikuku onai


Pidigu Bindura 1 month ago

Imwe yagara irimo muBin kare.


Pidigu Bindura 1 month ago

There is nothing new in these opposition members but name - CCC. They have been controlling 28 of Zimbabwe's 32 urban areas since 1999. See they are all a mess. No island of excellence as promised by Prophet Nero.


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Because CCC councils are constantly sabotaged by successive Ministers of Local Government

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Machiavelli 1 month ago

@Truth and @Maparamuro, CCC inyarare you say it has no ideas. When CCC speaks out, it does complain too much.

Like I always say, whenever ZANU and its apologists complain, then you must be doing something right. Why is it that Chiefs who do little else other than preside over customary duties get new cars every 5 years, a driver, fuel, a salary and plenty other perks when doctors nurses and teachers get paid less than domestic workers?

Every election period chiefs always get extras - blankets seeds fertiliser, and other bribes. When Charumbira wantonly flaunts the constitution supports ZANU the government keeps mum, and when Chief Ndiweni complains about excessive government misadventures, he gets stripped off his powers. When a chief in Chivi castigates ZANU he is threatened by no less than the country's Vice President.

Kwanai vanhu veZANU. Your time is up


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

ZANU PF is acting unfairly to opposition political parties. It has always been acting unfairly by allowing chiefs to attend its rallies while preaching to them the constitution of Zimbabwe which states that chiefs must be always apolitical. CCC party and other opposition political parties must not fear as voters are aware of these antics. They know that their vote is secret. The chiefs are also going to intimidate their subjects with threats of dismissal from their areas if their subjects vote or attend rallies for other parties other than ZANU PF. Citizens are now mature. They will attend ZANU PF rallies, but will not vote for it because they know that their vote is secret. Opposition political parties must assist by explaining during rallies that their vote is secret and they should vote for a party of their choice.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Truth 1 month ago

I don't support any part but awa we CCC AWA they are too talkative kutonga haisi nyore zvimwe zvachoka ummm zvinoda mutarise nemeso zvamurikuita izvi mukapinda in power how are you going to handle this pakangoitika kanhu makutora kucomenta apa muchinyepa kuti munobirwa erection musina ma V 11 even mukapinda hatina rwendo nemi nenhau yekutaurisa especially Fadzai iwewe hauzivi zvekutaura apa uchibirwa futi uripo .You are of gay community imimi ****y mhani


Da Truth 1 month ago

Hell truth rega tikuudze isu Ana Da truth, da truth you speak what is there on the ground ssingazivi kuti election time ndopanonzi madzishe motokari fuel ,muisieei magetsi ndiyani how old are you mfana . Solder Mari tii ,povo ,zero ,Ino inonzi Zim circus,urii kkkkk kasi ndazviwona

dacker 1 month ago

nekuti wajaira kutongwa tts y ukudaro.Mupei mukana mukomana muone kuti hamutongwe zvakanaka here ,tarisa economy madhakirwe ayakaita,,,,wobva wadzoka paInclussive government paye , opposition ndiyo inozvikwanisa izvozvo wanzwa

Maparamuro 1 month ago

Zvimwe munofanira kungonyarara CCC, Hapana chakaipa pakuita kuti varerukirwe neupenyu. Ko ma civil servants akawedzera mari muchati varikutengwa zvakare here.
When you get into power you will do the same


Asalif 1 month ago

but I think there is nothing bad as long as it's not taxpayer's money RDCs should have those funds in their budget because a city dualer can't take care of a Chief's upkeep


Machiavelli 1 month ago

With all due respect, RDCs don't have private sources of income. Most (95%) of their money comes from Treasury, and that is taxpayers money.

Besides Chiefs, Headmen and Village heads emoluments are under Ministry of Local Government, and paid through DAs (now called District Development Coordinators), and not through RDCs

Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

ZANU mubin
Vote CCC for change
Ndatenda



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