HARARE – National Council of Chiefs (NCC) President Chief Fortune Charumbira has called on Zimbabwe’s political leaders, President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, to unite and end poverty in the country.
Speaking at the funeral of Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume‘s mother in Masvingo on Sunday, Charumbira urged Mnangagwa and Chamisa to meet and promote peace in Zimbabwe.
Charumbira pointed out that both Mnangagwa and Chamisa come from the Karanga tribe in Masvingo province, and said that their unity could help establish a Karanga hegemony in the country.
“If political leaders unite, we’ll witness a change in our lives,” he said.
“As chiefs, we are happy to work with any party, Zanu PF or CCC that would have won the elections. They are all sons of the soil.”
He added that in Parliament, ruling party and opposition legislators eat together, while their supporters engage in violent fights. “They must work together to establish a Karanga hegemony,” Charumbira said.
“You say this one has sold out, but what will he gain when the whole country is struggling? That is silly propaganda, people have suffered.”
Charumbira’s remarks at the funeral represent a significant change from his statement last week, in which he pledged allegiance to the ruling Zanu PF party at a meeting with Mnangagwa in Bulawayo.
Chamisa was also present at the funeral, but did not respond to Charumbira‘s call for unity.
Zimbabwe has been facing an economic crisis for several years, with inflation soaring and unemployment rates rising.
Poverty is widespread, and many Zimbabweans struggle to access basic necessities such as food and healthcare.
The country’s political leaders have been divided for years, with Mnangagwa and Chamisa representing the two main political parties.
Chief Charumbira’s call for unity and an end to poverty in Zimbabwe highlights the urgent need for the country’s leaders to come together and work towards a better future for all Zimbabweans.
As he said, “They are all sons of the soil.”