Chitando has written to Jomic asking for intervention after he was recently summoned by Chief Murinye, Ephias Munodawafa to appear before his traditional court and fined two beasts, a goat and $5 for allegedly holding a rally and distributing MDC fliers in his area without his permission.
In a letter dated 23 March this year addressed to the Jomic provincial offices here, Chitando alleged that the Chief was tormenting him because of the party he represents in Parliament.
“Chief Murinye summoned me to appear to his Community Court (sic), and the charge against me was I distributed fliers without his approval. Before I appeared in the court he found me guilty and convicted me before presiding the case…this is a pure political case. I am Member of Parliament for Masvingo central Constituency,” Chitando said in his letter to Jomic.
The letter of complaint alleges that on 17 March this year, at a district rally at Chenhuwe Business Centre ward 16 in his constituency he received a letter from the Chief summoning him to appear before his court on the 1st of April this year for allegedly failing to seek clearance despite having done that with the police.
Chitando says he wanted Jomic to stop the chief from further harassing him as the laws of the country clearly spells out that politicians and their parties seek clearance from the Zimbabwe Republic Police not traditional leaders.
Chitando who attached the chief’s summons of case number 89/12 dated 17 March 2012 signed Chief Murinye and stamped said the continued persecution by the traditional leaders was against the spirit of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
“This is totally against the spirit and principle of the GPA that brought to us this government. The parties in the GPA agreed that chiefs and other traditional leaders should not dabble in politics but My Chief Murinye is doing the opposite I want Jomic to stop him so that I do my political activities freely,” said Chitando.
Efforts to get a comment from Chief Murinye were fruitless.