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‘New Chief Makore was wrongly appointed’

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GUTU – Three of the four
houses of the Makore royal family have complained against the appointment of
Johannes Chikonzi Muzenda of the Chihambakwe house as the new Chief Makore, saying
an appointment must have been made from the other houses.
The three
families namely Risipambi, Mugore, and Mazando have since lodged their complaints
with the Provincial Administrator (PA)’s office through a written petition
which was copied to Gutu District Administrator (DA) and chairperson of the
provincial chiefs’ council.
Masvingo PA,
Fungai Mbetsa could not be reached for comment as his phone went unanswered for
several times.
Gutu DA Chiedza
Tafireyi confirmed receiving the letter but refused to give a detailed comment saying
it was not addressed to her.
“I received the
letter but it was not addressed to me, it was addressed to the PA and was only
copied to me,” said Tafireyi
TellZim News saw
the letter which accuses the Chihambakwe house of breaking the rotational rule
of chieftainships by taking the position yet again when the most immediate
previous chief, the late Shonhe Muzenda, was from the same family.
The disgruntled
family members also say they were not involved in the deliberations and nomination
of candidates to the throne.
They complain
that Chief Ndanga, born Wilson Makono, who chaired the deliberations, was
related to the Chihambakwes.
“We were not
given enough time to plan our Chieftainship. We were only given two days and
during the weekend, we complained but we were not given even 10 minutes to
discuss.
“We were
introduced to Chief Neshuro as our chairperson of the Chiefs’ council on the
day but surprisingly, Chief Ndanga took over. Chief Ndanga is uncle to the
Chihambakwe Family where the chief was appointed,” reads part of the letter
They also allege
the Chihambakwe house was in the habit of side-lining others in matters of
mutual interest, claiming they were marginalised during the burial of the late
chief.
“Following all
these unusual events, we appeal to your office to intervene and save the Makore
people and their culture as a dynasty,” the letter reads.
Shonhe Muzenda
died in 2015 after serving for about eight months as chief, with his younger
brother’s son, Jestias Muzenda, taking over on an acting basis.

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