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ERC Urges July Moyo To Censure Chief Charumbira

ERC Urges July Moyo To Censure Chief Charumbira

The Election Resource Centre (ERC) has requested Local Government minister July Moyo to censure Chiefs Council president Fortune Charumbira for comments he allegedly made while addressing the ZANU PF national conference in Bindura last month.

Charumbira declared that chiefs and all traditional leaders owned ZANU PF and, therefore, could not be separated from the ruling party by the Constitution.

ERC said the comments made by Charumbira were a gross violation of the Constitution.

Section 281(2) of the Constitution states that: “Traditional leaders must not (a) be members of any political party or in any way participate in partisan politics, and (b) or act in a partisan manner”.

ERC called on Minister Moyo to hold Chief Charumbira to account for his utterances as they have the potential to undermine the rule of law. It said in a statement:

The Election Resource Centre (ERC) on November 3, 2021, filed a complaint with the Minister of Local Government, Honourable July Moyo against Chief Fortune Charumbira for contravening section 281 of the Constitution by participating in partisan politics for comments made on October 29, 2021, at the ZANU PF annual conference in Bindura.

… If left to fester, this has the potential to destroy the rule of law and constitutional supremacy in Zimbabwe. The Minister of Local Government and all electoral stakeholders must resist the temptation to exempt the conduct of Chief Charumbira from necessary scrutiny on his conduct.

ERC implored Moyo to investigate Charumbira’s conduct in terms of section 7 of the Traditional Leaders Act and institute disciplinary proceedings against him to ensure that the supremacy of the Constitution prevails.

In 2018, Charumbira was dragged before the High Court by the ERC, where an order, HC1718/18, was issued compelling him to withdraw the partisan comments he had made.

It is not clear if Charumbira withdrew the comments he made when he called on traditional leaders to support ZANU PF ahead of the 2018 elections.

More: NewsDay

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