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Zimbabwe: How Zanu PF uses traditional chiefs to buy votes in rural areas

By Farai Shawn Matiashe
Posted on Monday, 3 January 2022 07:51

ZANU PF supporters gesture after attending the final rally at the National Sports Stadium in Harare
ZANU PF supporters gesture after attending the final rally at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

The Zanu PF party has long been accused by civil society organisations and opposition leaders of using state resources and traditional chiefs to perpetuate the ruling party’s ideologies and influence elections particularly in their heartland: the rural areas. The recent comments made by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, when he threatened a local chief, is indicative of how Zanu PF exerts its control over traditional leaders. 

During a funeral, Chief Murinye of Masvingo (born Ephias Munodawafa) – who publicly admitted that he is a die-hard Zanu PF supporter –  accused ‘criminals’ surrounding President Emmerson Mnangagwa, including his sons, allies, Zanu PF leaders and top government officials, of corruption and looting gold ore in the Masvingo province.