tendai biti 26-11-10.jpgTraditional leaders in Manicaland province have accused the Minister of Finance, Mr Tendai Biti of undermining their authority by not attending to their welfare demands.

This was revealed by Chief Chiduku while giving an overview of the plight of traditional leaders during the Manicaland Chief’s assembly held in Mutare.

Chief Chiduku said Mr Biti is subjecting all traditional leaders to live in abject poverty by not reviewing their monthly allowances.

He said the issue of purchasing new vehicles for the chiefs and fuel allocation among other grievances have not been approved by the minister adding that no meaningful arguments are being presented to address the issue.

Addressing the traditional leaders, the Governor and Resident Minister of Manicaland province, Cde Chris Mushowe said the government is aware of the plight of traditional leaders but due to the discord in the inclusive government, progress have been stalled to have the chief’s grievances addressed.

The one day meeting of traditional leaders which was held under the provincial chiefs’ assembly was meant to create dialogue among traditional leaders through highlighting their concerns in their respective constituencies.