Controversial Swearing-In: Dhama Shocks Crowd by Refusing Bible During Oath-Taking
Simbarashe Chanachimwe, popularly known as Dhama, was sworn in as the Councillor for ward 3 in Mbare today. However, the ceremony took an unexpected turn when Dhama declined to hold the Bible during the oath-taking, citing religious reasons.
During the swearing-in ceremony, Dhama made headlines by refusing to take the customary oath while holding the Bible. Instead, he amusingly concluded his declaration with the phrase, “So help me God,” which prompted laughter from those present.
Dhama’s recent appointment as a Councillor comes after a tumultuous period in his life. Earlier this year, he faced charges of unlawful drug possession, which resulted in his arrest and subsequent court appearance.
In addition to Dhama’s legal issues, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) carried out a raid in the Nzimbe area of Matapi, Mbare Musika. The operation uncovered families involved in the production of illicit beer. Authorities seized four full trucks of the illegal brew during the operation.
Controversial Bail Decision
Despite Dhama’s legal troubles, he was granted bail in the amount of ZWL50,000 by magistrate Rangarirai Gakanje. This decision sparked criticism from many who viewed it as a travesty of justice. Comparisons were drawn to the prolonged detention of political figure CCC member Job Sikhala, who has been in prison for over 400 days without a sentence.
Dhama, often referred to as Mbare’s Boss, has close ties to Zimdancehall producers Levelz and DJ Fantan. Speculation has arisen suggesting that he financially supports street parties where local artists perform and drugs are allegedly sold.
Dhama’s refusal to take the Bible oath during his swearing-in ceremony has garnered attention and raised eyebrows, reported HStv. With his controversial background and alleged connections to illicit activities, he finds himself in the spotlight once again.
After refusing to take oath why holding the Bible, Dhama ends by saying – So help me God and the rooms breaks into laughter pic.twitter.com/8vIGin4cJQ
— HStvNews (@HStvNews) September 7, 2023