MASHONALAND West traditional leader Chief Chivero has been ordered to surrender for safe keeping a Government vehicle issued to him in May this year until the leadership wrangle among clan members is finalised.
The substantive Chief Chivero is entitled to a brand new Isuzu double-cab, not a second hand vehicle.
Born Cornelius Chivesani Chengera, Chief Chirevo and clan member Tendai Chitinhe are the descendants of the founder of the Chivero clan and have been tussling for the high traditional office of substantive Chief Chivero.
Chivero clan was without a substantive chi2ef since the death of the then Chief Chivero, born Matewu Chipashu, in 2009 until the appointment by President Mnangagwa of Chengera in May last year.
This decision was challenged at the High Court by Chitinhe, who is also eyeing the chieftainship, culminating in an interim order barring Chengera from assuming the duties of the Chivero chieftaincy until this legal challenge was settled one way or the other.
However, in May of this year, the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing allocated Chengera a brand new Isuzu double-cab vehicle to use in his jurisdiction.
This spawned yet another lawsuit with Mr Chitinhe approaching the court for an order compelling Chengera to stop executing the chieftaincy duties and returned the vehicle to the ministry until the matter was finalised.
Justice Benjamin Chikowero granted the application after finding a well-founded fear of lasting injury for Chitinhe if Chengera retained the vehicle.
He said if Chengera was allowed to hold on to the vehicle it would be exposed to wear and tear as well as the risk of accident–damage.
The judge was “satisfied that there is no ordinary remedy that could secure the vehicle as well as preserve the integrity of the proceedings” than to have the ministry hold the vehicle pending the finalisation of the law suit and the court’s decision. ■