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Young spirit medium unsettles Chief Munyaradzi

Precila Takabvirakare
GUTU – Intriguing
claims by a 24-year female spirit medium that the Munyaradzi chieftainship is
in wrong hands could see Urayayi Munyaradzi losing his position as chief.
Munyaradzi chieftainship has of late not been without controversy, with Urayayi
only being installed in 2016 after years of wrangling.
new controversy has now started with the emergence of Elizabeth Fadzanai, who
claims to be the spirit medium for Karivari Marumbi who is the great matriarch
of what is now known as the Munyaradzi chieftainship.
the Chiefs’ Hall in Mpandawana on Tuesday, an entranced Fadzanai recited the
oral tradition of the Munyaradzi chieftainship to a bewildered audience which
included current Chief Gutu, Edmund Masanganise and members of the Munyaradzi
royal family.
claimed that Karivari Marumbi’s spirit was not happy that the chieftainship
created for her by Chief Chinomukutu (now Chief Gutu) over 200 years ago was
now being held by descendants of her husband’s children with another
said in the 18th Century, Karivari, a seer with rainmaking powers, came
with her husband Wanonoka Mushoriwa Nyashanu from an area in the present day
Mozambique and travelled to an area in the present day Bulawayo.
in Bulawayo, they received a message that a seven-year drought was devastating
Chinomukutu’s land.
left Bulawayo for Chinomukutu where she managed to bring rainfall thereby
pleasing the then Chief Chinomukutu who then gave her some land to be chief.
new chieftaincy stretched from Manjerenje to Rasa and from Dewure to Sote but
as time went by, old age caught up with Karivari and she delegated her son
Chinemasahwi Nyashanu to perform leadership duties on her behalf as she could
no longer do that herself.
died in 1814 in Mazizi, Zvavahera area of present day Gutu district and
Chinemasahwi carried on as chief. When Chinemasahwi died, the throne was
tempered with by other power-hungry people and it ended up in the hands of
Zingwena Munyaradzi, Chinemasahwi’s half-brother.
claimed that it was that injustice that led to endless misfortunes for the
Munyaradzi chieftainship including complex succession wrangles.
said that could only come to an end if the royalty is restored to Karivari’s
own descendants most whom can now be found among the Rasa clan.
of the Munyaradzi family seemed to agree with Fadzanai’s representations and
suggestions that the chieftainship be suspended until the new issues are
are, however, reports that some of the royal house members want to apply for a
court interdict against Fadzanai whom they regard as a threat to their

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