Chief Charumbira blasts police

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police has been lambasted by chiefs as the they are always clashing over the implementation of the Customary Law.

President of the Chiefs Council, Fortune Charumbira hit at the police for disrespect, saying chiefs should be left alone to exercise their powers.

“We have powers that are constitutional. But when we rule on certain cases, they allow people to appeal,” Charumbira said.

He blamed the police for the deplorable moral state of the society as cases are watered down without receiving due judgment.

“The police have a bad attitude against our courts. They disrespect our courts by summoning chiefs to report at the police camps,” he fumed.

The chiefs, according to the Customary Law have the powers to rule on cases within their jurisdiction, but they are bitter about current trends where the magistrates’ court judgment takes precedence, hence demanding respect for their courts.

The outspoken Charumbira said the magistrates’ court should respect the traditional court as it upholds society’s customs and values.

“They refuse to serve the chiefs’ court, saying they only serve the magistrates’ court. They despise our courts and this should be addressed,” he added.

In Zimbabwe, the Customary Law often clashes with the Constitution especially when cases are referred to the magistrates’ court, but the chiefs are adamant that their rulings should be upheld.

Charumbira urged government to give more power to the chiefs in the face of a dynamic culture and tradition.

According to the Constitution in Section 16, all bodies of the State should respect traditional leaders.

The president of the council of chiefs also said their power over land should be extended to resettlement areas, since they only had power over communal land.


Comments (8)

Greedy Charumbira, tibvirwepo. Mazianhu ezanu anonetsa fani!

Takaz - 15 September 2014

MaChief api? Tichine maChief here muno muZimbabwe? uroreva zvimbwasungata zvezanu pf.

zvimbwasungata zvamugabe - 15 September 2014

Tibvire zvedu anogwara uyo ndozvaangachemera izvozvo indaba asina kukwana vanhu varikufa nezhara kuchigwizi dai wachemera vapiwe sadza . Pfutseki Charumbira hauna musoro itira vanhu maprojects kuNemamwe vanhu vagute kwete zvokungowatata

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 15 September 2014

Charumbira Fortune...In Zim to have a position seems to mean you ve to be physically bigger than others! And Saviour Kasukuwere! Its called junk food and sedentary life styles. When Obama took office in 2009 dietician sat him down and discouraged pies that he so loved. Are there no dieticians in Zim to advice the likes of Charumbira and Kasukuwere. Plus physical activities guys. You re at increased risk of cardiac events. Verengai,zviripo pa net apo, ma BiGGGers.

Ngwenayasvinura - 16 September 2014

In Rhodesia Chiefs were allowed to resolve petty civil matters in their jurisdiction. Vamwe vacho they could care less about the case but mari kana member dzaunoripa. So some of these dudes the 'ego' flew high past the summit of Mt. Kilimanjalo. Serous rimes and most criminal matters were referred to the police. If people decided to go to the police on a civil matter it was tough luck Chief and the Chiefs with their burning ego bruised learned to live with it. Today because of the political patronage by Mugabe and ZANU PF these idiots want more power, because each time they meet RGM they are told kuti ndivo vanotonga munyika muno. I would rather go before a ZANU PF appointed Judge who will try to interpret the Law even with prejudice than to guy who is depending on his intuition to decided a crime or civil matter.

Chiguri Mabarwe - 17 September 2014

Gwenayasvinura ndivo vanhu vari kuparadza nyika. Kana Tenzi akatora neheart attach kana diabetes chayipa chiyi iye achiyita mukanwa mukitchen. Regayi agute mangwana wozvimbirwa, kurwara arova bhaghidhi tongonobata mawoko, mukadzi kana asina HIV togara nhaka, mari yasiyiwa tichipwanya vana totuma tuma kuita basa, asi mumwoyo zvatibva.

Regedzayi Wayenda Wayenda - 17 September 2014

Next time he passes by the Police Station stop him for speeding. Or better yet if there is a road block, check everything chances are itsva motokari dzava promiswa na Mugabe dzisati dzauya Ishe ari kufamba nechova. Impound the car oregera iye ofamba netsoka, then he will go blast cops at RGM's house.

Shungurudzo Munotivengereyi - 17 September 2014

If I was a police man when I get into an argument with a Chief, tongoti ishoko rakabva kunavaChihuri.

Chihure Chivi - 17 September 2014

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