MDC leader to elevate chiefs to kings

HARARE - MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has pledged to change the title of traditional leaders from chiefs to kings, saying the former title was imposed by colonialists who wanted to belittle the institution.

Addressing thousands of party supporters at a campaign rally in Chiredzi on Sunday, Chamisa who will battle it out with President Emmerson Mnangagwa on July 30 for the country’s presidency, said prior to the colonialists’ encroachment into their colonies, Africans had no chiefs, but kings.

“Our colonisers reduced our traditional leaders from kings to chiefs because they wanted to belittle the traditional leaders’ institution but we want to revise that once you elect me into office in August. This is what they do in Ghana and other African countries,” Chamisa said.

His campaign trail has taken him to almost every corner for the country, including rural areas which were considered no go areas for the opposition during former president Robert Mugabe’s reign.

Chamisa is promising to radically transform the country in terms of its infrastructure, social service delivery as well as the governance structure but critics have dismissed the 40-year-old presidential aspirant as too ambitious and lacking maturity.

Next month’s polls have generated a lot of interest globally with Mnangagwa and Chamisa emerging as the main presidential candidates, both contesting without their father-figures — deposed Robert Mugabe and the late Morgan Tsvangirai.

Comments (9)

MDC is spot on this time.This could be the beginning of the awakening of the African giant. Yes there were no chiefs during the Munhumutapa Empire, kwaiwe ne madzimambo. In the late60s and early 70s Rekayi Tangwena (Chief) wrote to Queen Elizabeth as a King (Mambo) to a Queen (Mambo Kadzi) concerning the dispossession of his land by Ian Smith. Did it have to be Chamisa and MDC to point out this GREAT DECEPTION by the British?? and

ADF - 12 June 2018

Is this going to be an elevation to Kings with benefits as well? change country's name to Great Zimbabwe? build another house of parliament in Gweru? This is why Chamisa failed to impress the audience at Oxford University. His ideas are too shallow. At this stage he should be talking about economic fundamentals and not these petty issues about promoting chiefs.

Ndiani Ndiani - 12 June 2018

There are more than 100 Chiefs in the country , are they all going to be Kings ? , how much will be the pay of the MDC Kings , where is the money going to come from ?. Vasina hushe vanosvika pamusha nendege mambo vachifamba nehwanda , zvinemusoro here?. Ambitious ?? , Its OK but experience is not there. Maturity hapana futi pamukoma wedu. The Unelected President of a Party becoming the President of the Republic ? -( , tarasika.

Tirivangani Dombo , Nyamapanda - 12 June 2018

Notwithstanding whatever 'governing' structures existed during the precolonial era within present day Shona people, the system of government that was set up by Mzilikazi within the area under his control was different. Mzilikazi, and subsequently Lobengula, was a KING who governed through a system of CHIEFS around his kingdom. It was through the chiefs that the King ruled over the nation. It is pertinent to note and remind that the nation that Mzilikazi founded consisted of a number of different TRIBES of people who together made up what was, in fact, the nation on AMANDEBELE. So, yes, chiefs did exist and were subservient and reporting to the King. The composition of the Ndebele kingdom then became much like today's UK or USA where one finds Irish-Americans, Latin-Americans, African-Americans, even Chinese-Americans!

Madwala - 13 June 2018

Notwithstanding whatever 'governing' structures existed during the precolonial era within present day Shona people, the system of government that was set up by Mzilikazi within the area under his control was different. Mzilikazi, and subsequently Lobengula, was a KING who governed through a system of CHIEFS around his kingdom. It was through the chiefs that the King ruled over the nation. It is pertinent to note and remind that the nation that Mzilikazi founded consisted of a number of different TRIBES of people who together made up what was, in fact, the nation on AMANDEBELE. So, yes, chiefs did exist and were subservient and reporting to the King. The composition of the Ndebele kingdom then became much like today's UK or USA where one finds Irish-Americans, Latin-Americans, African-Americans, even Chinese-Americans!

Madwala - 13 June 2018

Chamisa is prepared to say n thing or do n thing only for the purpose of winning the presidency.so that he takes an excellent salary home,with many more other benefits offered by the state to the highest office in the land;including the pride of power but he himself offering nothing in return for the state respect offered. Of course, there is no value in changing the name of traditional chiefs,he only intends to flatter them so that they force electoral support towards his presidential bid among subjects.

addmore gudo - 13 June 2018

Hazvina kana basa izvo because in shona both Chief and King zvinoreva kuti Mambo. Zvakafanana nekuti hatidi kutongwa naMugabe asi tinoda baba Chatunga

matiya - 13 June 2018

kwava kurasika kutaura kwemukuru wedu uku.....zvinobetsera nyika chii kuchinja chief to king??? instead of talking about how to build the counntry takuudzwa zve machief.....kupererwa ngemashoko ecampain here uku......disappointed

disgusted member - 13 June 2018

In SiNdebele there is a distinct difference between INDUNA (i.e. Chief) and iNKOSI (i.e. King) with the former being subservient to the latter

Madwala - 13 June 2018

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