Ed revives Nemanwa Chieftainship as Charumbira loses another ward  

Garikai Mafirakureva

Mirror Reporter

Masvingo – The Charumbira chieftainship is now almost just but a name after President Emmerson Mnangagwa resuscitated the Nemanwa chieftainship and appointed Tranos Manjiva, the new chief with effect from August 30, 2022.

The move leaves Charumbira who had three wards under him with just two which are an equivalency of a headman.

The disintegration of the Charumbira Chieftainship started in earnest in 2017 when President Mnangagwa ascended to power in 2017 replacing the ailing 94-year-old Mugabe through a military coup.

First to take way a large chunk of land from Charumbira was Chief Bere who President Mnangagwa also resuscitated. It is believed that President Mnangagwa belongs to the Bere clan.

Ironically Charumbira is the president of the Pan-African Parliament. 

Munjiva will be officially installed substantive Chief Nemanwa on October 1, 2022. This brings the total number of substantive chiefs in the province to 49. 

The District Development Coordinator (DDC) for Masvingo, Ray Hove, has confirmed the development through a letter dated September 7, 2022 in the hands of The Mirror. Part of the letter which was also copied to the Secretary for Provincial Affairs for Masvingo, Jefta Sakupwanya reads: 

“Please be advised that His Excellency the President  of the Republic of Zimbabwe  has in terms of Section 283 (1)(b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No 20), 2013 as read with Section 3 (1) of the Traditional Leaders Act (Chapter 29:17) appointed you Tranos Manjiva as Substantive Chief Nemamwa in Masvingo with effect from August 30, 2022.”   

The chairperson of the Provincial Chiefs’ Assembly, Chief Chitanga, real name, Felani Chauke welcomed the appointment and said the assembly is looking forward to work with the new Chief.

“We are so pleased and thank President Mnangagwa for the resuscitation of the Nemanwa Chieftainship and the appointment of the new chief. As the Chiefs Assembly; we are looking forward to working with the new chief,” said Chief Chitanga. 

Charumbira could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was not reachable.

Other leaders who spoke to The Mirror on condition of anonymity said it’s a sign that everything is not well and someone is out to destroy Charumbira. 

“This is political. There was nothing called Chief Nemanwa. What we know there was Headman Nemanwa, so to call it resuscitation is just improper. Our tradition is slowly being destroyed,” lamented the traditional leader. 

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