By Lionel Saungweme| Paramount Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni is being stalked by unnamed shadowy characters after he called on Emmerson Mnangagwa to resign. The call was made in Bulawayo at a press conference held on Tuesday October 22, 2019.
The respected cultural leader, whose opposition to Zanu PF government has few examples among Zimbabwean traditional chiefs, has angered the Junta by not siding with its policies. Chief Ndiweni has protested against Zanu PF after receiving a brand new vehicle from government.
A few months ago, Zanu PF members tried to dispossess Chief Ndiweni of his vehicle but the Paramount Chief poured petrol on the truck before attempting to burn the vehicle
“You can’t bribe me or hold me and the nation at ransom because of a truck,” shouted Chief Ndiweni.
As if that was not enough, Chief Ndiweni has broken with tradition and demanded Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Government to resign from office.
“We are formally asking Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa to do the honourable thing and resign with his Administration,” said Chief Ndiweni at the Bulawayo Press Club on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
“Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has failed to manage our economy and now wants us to believe it is because of sanctions. That logic has no credibility,” continued the chief.
However, all has not been well for the chief after media houses published his press statement. An impeccable source reveals that Chief Ndiweni and his helper are being trailed by suspicious men some of whom drive a silver Nissan X-Trail.
“It was difficult to ascertain how many people were inside because the windows are dark,” said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
“On Wednesday evening, these men came and pretended to be after the girls who sell their bodies at night. When we sent security details to check on their identities, they disclosed that they were state security details on a mission,” said the source.
“It was clear that they were monitoring us. They pretended to be after the girls who loiter around the neighbourhood’s liquor spots yet they were on a reconnaissance mission,” said the source.
Being trailed by suspicious men is not new to Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activists in Bulawayo. Towards the end of August this year, several MDC members who were reportedly abducted mentioned that they were trailed by a Nissan X-Trail among a convoy of vehicles. The abductions took place after MDC notified the police of their intention to hold a public demonstration.
Although Zanu PF has described the abductions as “fake,” the purported abductions of labour activists such as Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association President, Dr Peter Magombeyi has left the Junta’s human rights record in tatters.