Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna has been freed on $500 bail pending an appeal of his 18 month imprisonment. As part of his bail conditions, Chief Ndiweni will report to the nearest police station every Friday.
Ndiweni is appealing both the conviction and the 18 months sentence that the magistrate had slapped him with over instructing the destruction of a villager after a traditional court.
On Wednesday hundreds of Ndiweni’s supporters and subjects thronged the high court and sang from morning and danced outside calling for the Chief to be released.
Chief Ndiweni succeeeded his late father Chief Khayisa Ndiweni.He has openly criticised Zanu(PF) government policies and shown support for the opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa.