Chief pushes for arrest of village heads

By Mvelo Mthiyane Zondo


MATOBO – CHIEF Vuyani Nyangazonke Ndiweni of Kezi has said traditional leaders who
are parceling out land under his jurisdiction are bogus people, who are committing a crime
and should be arrested.
This comes after village heads allegedly distributed land in his jurisdiction and the chief has
since filed a police report.
The chief has pressed charges on the village heads for illegally parceling out land in an area
under his jurisdiction. The village heads alleged to be clandestinely distributing land are
Public Moyo, Khiwa Ngwenya (84), Polite Dube (73), and Albert Ndiweni.
Contacted for comment following a press article alleging that the chief was the corrupt
traditional leader he responded saying:
“This is a huge joke. Umbuzo uthi are they village heads yini? (The big question is are they
village heads?),” responded Chief Ndiweni, as he told this reporter that he had previously
warned the village heads on several occasions.
“They illegally parceled out land, yet they have no mandate to do that. I have warned them
several times, but they are not heeding the call. I have no option, but to let them go to jail,” he
The village heads hit back saying Chief Ndiweni was targeting them to cover up for his
corrupt dealings involving land.
Village head, Edward Moyo, said he was surprised that he was being targeted.
“We are from the police now after we were summoned by the law enforcement agents to
come and record statements. The chief is accusing us of illegally parceling out land within
our areas. He wants to do it himself, which is unheard of,” Moyo said.
“We are the ones, who gave him that chieftainship as Ndiweni family, but surprisingly today,
he says he does not recognise me as a village head,” Ndiweni added.
“He wants to destroy our culture by taking away traditional leadership and giving it to his
“He must be reminded that he also rose to where he was through the same traditional manner.
I am his father,” he said.

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