HWEDZA–Philip Sandengu has been installed the new Negombwe headman after the area went for 40 years without a traditional leader because of family squabbles.
The installation ceremony took place at Negombwe homestead in Negombwe Village under Chief Ruzane last week.
Sandengu who was once a teacher and then a politician as a councillor for Glen View Ward 31 in Harare from 1986 to 1992 acted as a headman from July 2020 and hundreds of villagers turned up for the occasion.
He is currently a councillor in Ruzane and is the chairman of Wedza Rural District Council (RDC).
Mashonaland East Permanent Secretary Tavabarira Kutamahufa was the guest of honour. Other dignitaries who attended the ceremony were Chief Ruzane, District Development Coordinator (DDC) Lawrence Taruona and Mutoko RDC chairperson Christopher Karimazondo.
Chief Ruzane said that the Negombwe headmanship had gone for 30 years without a substantive traditional leader.
Sabastin Mhindo was the inaugural headman of Negomwe Village and he served from 1960 to 1966. Darfield Chikomo then took over from 1966 to 1977. Bernard Negombwe acted as headman from 1978 to 1982 and from 1982 to 2020, there was leadership vacuum due to family conflicts.
Chief Ruzane who was present at the function applauded all those who worked tirelessly to make sure the event was a success.
“We are grateful to all who contributed to the success of this event. The people of Negombwe had gone for long without a headman due to squabbles. It took close to 40 years without a head man for the Negombwe people,” said Chief Ruzane.
Headman Negombwe told The Mirror that he is ready to serve with dignity and humility.
“It took some years for this thing to happen. I’m happy that it has finally happened. I’m ready to serve with humility and dignity,” said Headman Negombwe.
Headman Negombwe was born on November 20, 1951 in Wedza District. He did his lower primary school education at St Barnabas Ushe before completing his upper primary school education at Holy Spirit Ruzane. Negombwe attended his secondary education at St Anne’s Mission Secondary school.
He was a teacher for eight years and left to become an activist in the Anti Pearse Commission campaign in 1972. He also worked for Postal Telecommunications Corporation of Zimbabwe (PTC).
Sandengu became a director of Negars and Negombwe Investments, an integrated business entity that specialised in wholesaling, retail, butcheries and hardware.
He also contested in Ruzane as a councillor in 2008 and was elected on a ZANU PF ticket.
He attained Alderman status in 2018.