Monday, September 20, 2021

Chiredzi school principal holds domestic worker hostage

‘Imprisoned Willie Chikosi can’t get out’

…locks gates, cuts off
water for days
Beatific Gumbwanda
CHIREDZI – South Eastern College
(SEC) acting principal, Contact Chigayo is being accused of keeping his
predecessor’s domestic worker hostage at the school premises as part of a retribution
campaign, TellZim News can reveal.
Chigayo is said to have sent
school employees to lock the gate of the residence where the former principal
Tawanda Chimhamhiwa used to stay before his dismissal for alleged
misappropriation of school funds a few months ago.
Sources said there was bad
blood between the two, and Chigayo is suspected of orchestrating Chimhamiwa’s
dismissal which he, however, is challenging in court.
Chimhamhiwa has also refused
to totally vacate the school residence, arguing that he would only do that if
the legal case he has launched goes against him.
Though he himself is no
longer staying there, he left behind a fowl run with 500 birds under the care
of his employee Willie Chikosi whom Chigayo has now allegedly imprisoned by
locking all the gates and assigning a security guard to make sure he does not
The acting principal has
also allegedly cut off water supply to the residence which is said to have caused
the death of a good number of Chimhamhiwa’s chickens.
TellZim News visited the
place this week and found a distraught Chikosi lingering inside the
palisade-fenced premise with no chance of escape.
“It has been four days
now since they locked me here inside. I am being watched by a security officer
so that I don’t run away. They have since cut off water supply to this
residence and the chickens that I must take care of here are dying of thirsty
and hunger. I can no longer find the chicken feed which I last received a few
days ago.
“Mr Chimhamhamhiwa is
also barred from entering this premise. I am just being given some food over
the gate. Some police officers came and asked some questions but they did not
rescue me,” said Chikosi.
When contacted for comment,
Chimhamiwa said since he had been trying to remain rational pending
finalisation of the legal case, he was shocked by what he said were drastic
measure taken by Chigayo.
“A hostel got burnt down
last week and they wanted to move the children into my residence and I had no
problem with that. I am now shocked that the acting principal has kept my
worker hostage, depriving him of water. Some 15 of the chickens of are now dead,”
said Chimhamhiwa.
When Chigayo was contacted
for comment, he said all was well and no one was being kept hostage.
“Everything is fine
here. It is a lie that someone is being kept hostage,” said Chigayo.

TellZim News is the leading news organization in the Southern region. It provides candid, balanced and timely news from the communities. Keeping it real. Committed to tell Zimbabwe.

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