Chief Ndiweni released from prison after securing bail pending appeal

Chief Ndiweni released from prison after securing bail pending appeal 1

BULAWAYO – Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Felix Ndiweni was released on bail Wednesday after a judge ruled that his appeal against a two-year prison sentence had prospects of success. At least four other traditional leaders followed proceedings from a packed gallery at the Bulawayo High Court, as anti-riot police patrolled outside and blocked access to the court for dozens of people. The 54-year-old Ndiweni, the chief of Ntabazinduna, was jailed for two years with six months conditionally suspended by Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove after he was convicted of malicious damage to property…

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Nelson Chamisa visits ‘unbroken, upbeat’ Chief Ndiweni at Khami Prison

Nelson Chamisa visits ‘unbroken, upbeat’ Chief Ndiweni at Khami Prison 3

BULAWAYO – Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa on Saturday visited the jailed Ntabazinduna chief, Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni, at Khami Prison. Chamisa, accompanied by senior MDC officials, met the traditional leader for close to 20 minutes at the prison, about 35 kilometres west of Bulawayo. He said on Twitter afterwards: “The people’s chief, Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni was sentenced to 18 months in prison for exercising his lawful duties as chief. He is upbeat, unbroken and thanking you all for your solidarity.” Ndiweni is serving an 18-month prison sentence…

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Lawyers raise Ndebele customs as Chief Ndiweni appeals jail sentence

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BULAWAYO – Lawyers for jailed Ntabazinduna chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni and 23 villagers on Monday filed an appeal following their conviction for malicious damage to property on August 15. Ndiweni was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, of which six months was conditionally suspended while the 23 villagers were sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment but spared jail after a magistrate ordered them to perform 525 hours of community service. Through their lawyers Mathonsi Ncube Law Chambers, the 23 villagers only appealed their conviction while Ndiweni is appealing against both conviction and…

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Patrick Zhuwao: Mnangagwa’s persecution of Chief Ndiweni shuts down Bulawayo

Patrick Zhuwao: Mnangagwa’s persecution of Chief Ndiweni shuts down Bulawayo 7

By Patrick Zhuwao Emmerson Mnangagwa’s persecution of Chief Ndiweni inadvertently turned the MDC demonstration scheduled for Bulawayo on Monday 19th August 2019 into an effective shut down of the City of Kings. Patrick Zhuwao Mnangagwa’s Kwekwe based cabal is persecuting the Matabeleland region’s entire leadership across the political divide. Despite assurances in July 2019 by Vice President Mohadi that magistrates would stop summoning chiefs (who are an extension of the judiciary), Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Felix Ndiweni was jailed for an effective 18 months on Friday 16th August 2019. Related Articles On…

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Anger over Ndiweni imprisonment

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The imprisonment of prominent Ntabazinduna traditional leader, Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni, has been described as a “political sham” amid indications that his lawyers are preparing for an appeal. Paramount Chief Nhlanhla Felix Ndiweni (Picture by GRAEME WILLIAMS FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE) Ndiweni, who is very vocal against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, was on Friday jailed 18 months by Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove for malicious damage to property. Twenty-three villagers that were charged alongside him were only sentenced to 525 hours of community service each. The chief and his subjects…

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Chief Ndiweni jailed for 2 years as Chamisa demands his unconditional release

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BULAWAYO – Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna was jailed for an effective 18 months on Friday, a ruling criticised by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. The popular traditional leader was convicted on Thursday of malicious damage to property along with 23 of his subjects. They were accused of destroying a fence and kraal of a villager banished from the chief’s area. Magistrate Gladmore Mushove jailed Chief Ndiweni, 54, for 24 months but conditionally suspended six months of the sentence. Twenty-three others, including 72-year-old headman Kimpton Sibanda were also jailed for…

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‘Bring out your whole family’ – Chief Ndiweni rallies Zimbabweans for protests

‘Bring out your whole family’ – Chief Ndiweni rallies Zimbabweans for protests 11

BULAWAYO – The outspoken traditional chief Nhanhla Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna rallied Zimbabweans on Wednesday to take part in a series of anti-government protests called by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Ndiweni, who has broken ranks with the largely pro-Zanu PF chiefs’ body, said the protests were “non-partisan” because the economic situation and political paralysis in the country was affecting everyone. “I’m hopeful that on this occasion these protests will be a family day. Bring out your whole family, let’s all come out on the day of protest; a…

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Chief Ndiweni foils carjacking plot

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By Sibonginkosi Maphosa and Silas Nkala | NewsDay | There was drama in the Bulawayo city centre on Wednesday morning when a group of suspected Zanu PF youths pounced on the outspoken Ntabazinduna Chief Ndiweni and attempted to seize his official vehicle. The controversial traditional leader sprinkled petrol on the twin cab Isuzu vehicle and threatened to burn it, forcing the youth to scurry for safety. The controversial traditional leader sprinkled petrol on the twin cab Isuzu vehicle and threatened to burn it, forcing the youth to scurry for safety.…

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Chief Ndiweni foils carjacking plot

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By Sibonginkosi Maphosa and Silas Nkala | NewsDay | There was drama in the Bulawayo city centre on Wednesday morning when a group of suspected Zanu PF youths pounced on the outspoken Ntabazinduna Chief Ndiweni and attempted to seize his official vehicle. The controversial traditional leader sprinkled petrol on the twin cab Isuzu vehicle and threatened to burn it, forcing the youth to scurry for safety. The controversial traditional leader sprinkled petrol on the twin cab Isuzu vehicle and threatened to burn it, forcing the youth to scurry for safety.…

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Chief Ndiweni foils carjacking plot

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By Sibonginkosi Maphosa and Silas Nkala | NewsDay | There was drama in the Bulawayo city centre on Wednesday morning when a group of suspected Zanu PF youths pounced on the outspoken Ntabazinduna Chief Ndiweni and attempted to seize his official vehicle. The controversial traditional leader sprinkled petrol on the twin cab Isuzu vehicle and threatened to burn it, forcing the youth to scurry for safety. The controversial traditional leader sprinkled petrol on the twin cab Isuzu vehicle and threatened to burn it, forcing the youth to scurry for safety.…

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