By Tapiwa Machemedze
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on political leaders to cherish traditional leadership as they are custodians of the nation.
Members of the Zion Christians Church (ZCC) led by Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi, traditional leaders, the Negomo family and the people of Chiweshe converged at the Negomo homestead to celebrate the recent installation of Paradzayi Kutyauripo as substantive Chief Negomo.
Addressing people who attended the celebrations President Emmerson Mnangagwa challenged political leaders to cherish Chiefs as custodians of local customs.
“Fear God and he will give you wisdom to lead your country. Long ago the country which was colonised was not ours as politicians, it belonged to the chiefs, yes we went to war and we defeated the whites but we don’t forget that each region has its custodians and they know its customs of their region, chieftaincy by chieftaincy, region by region, as leaders we are bound to remember that this country has its custodians, ours is to preach that each chieftaincy when combined forms Zimbabwe and it becomes the Republic of Zimbabwe,” he said.
The colourful celebrations saw Bishop Mutendi blessing the recently installed Chief Negomo who is brother to First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa.
Bishop Mutendi was accompanied by Chief Mutendi and Chief Mudengezerwa. The Negomo and Mutendi families have strong ties derived from their common Rozvi lineage.