TOSHAO of St Cuthbert’s Mission, Lenox Shuman has been cleared by the authorities of several allegations which were levelled against him last month.
Late in January this year, Shuman stepped down as village leader as the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs and the village investigated several allegations levelled against him.
Reports are that the investigation found nothing wrong in the conduct of the toshao. Villagers had filed a petition seeking an investigation into the conduct of the village leader.
The village chief noted on social media, that on January 29, 2017, he faced the “potential impeachment” as chief. He said that as dictated by law, he stepped aside to gave way to an investigation.
He encouraged villagers to conduct themselves in a dignified manner and continue to uphold the laws; his statement spoke to unification, as well as to respect for the privacy of his family.
The vocal Shuman, who is well known for donning traditional indigenous garb, sits on the National Toshaos Council (NTC) as the body’s vice-chairman.
He was elected to that post in August 2015, following a meeting of indigenous leaders at the Arthur Chung International Conference Centre, Liliendaal.
A month earlier, he was elected village leader of St Cuthbert’s Mission. Following the 2015 general and regional elections, Shuman returned from Canada where he worked as an airline pilot. His term as village leader ends in 2018.