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Chief nabbed for impersonation

by Staff Reporter
26 May 2013 at 06:18hrs | Views
Former acting Chief Chundu of Hurungwe, Picture Chundu, was last week arrested for impersonation after he refused to hand over the chieftainship attire, insisting he was the rightful leader.

He has, through his lawyers, filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court challenging the appointment of the substantive chief, Mr Abel Mbasera.

Chundu was arrested on Tuesday after police spotted him putting on the chieftainship badge and necklace. Police also later discovered chieftainship items such as gown, hat and sceptre.

The suspected impersonator has since appeared before Karoi magistrate Mrs Nyaradzo Ringisayi who remanded him to May 29 on free bail.

The court heard that Chundu was appointed acting chief on July 24 2008 following the death of his father, Mr Wilson Kamhandu. It is alleged he did not surrender the regalia to the District Administrator's office upon the appointment of Mr Mbasera on October 3 last year.

He allegedly defied several letters from the DA's office directing him to hand over the regalia. Assistant District Administrator Mr Friend Ngirazi is representing the State.

Meanwhile, Chundu has, through his lawyers, filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court challenging the appointment of Mr Mbasera.

Mr Mbasera, Local Government, Urban and Rural Development Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo, Hurungwe District Administrator Ms Tsana Chirau and President Mugabe are the first, second, third and fourth respondents respectively.

Chundu's claim is for setting aside the appointment of Mr Mbasera who he says is not a member of the families eligible for the post. He also argues the new chief was nominated by those who do not belong to the Chundu community.

Ms Chirau is cited in her official capacity as a Government official in the district overseeing the appointment of chiefs while Minister Chombo is being sued in his capacity as the official responsible for administering the Traditional Leaders' Act which directs the appointment of chiefs.

Chundu is also suing President Mugabe as the ultimate official responsible for appointing chiefs according to the Traditional Leaders' Act.

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