Chiefs urged to uphold local customs

By Tapiwa Machemedze

CHIEFS have been urged to uphold the Zimbabwean culture and traditional norms in the face of modernisation to ensure the young generation does not go astray. 

This was the message as Munyaradzi Tivarange was installed as the substantive Chief Nyamaropa of Madziwa after the move was approved by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in February this year.

The 12th Chief Nyamaropa was installed at a colourful traditional ceremony with fellow traditional leaders stressing the importance of upholding local customs and traditions.

“The chief should uphold people and their customs, forests, and rules he should not be vengeful. We have a culture and the chief should uphold this. He must see people don’t abuse drugs and alcohol,” said Chief Fortune Charumbira, President of the Chiefs Council.

Chairperson of Mashonaland Central Provincial Chiefs Council, Chief Matsiwo, spoke on the importance of unity.

“Let us continue to be united as Chiefs in the province, let’s work together and uplift our province and lest take heed of advice from one another,” he said.

Deputy Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Honourable Marian Chombo noted the central role of chiefs in promoting grassroots development.

“Government reveres Chiefs and understands that Chiefs are the custodian of our culture and tradition. I want to also urge all leaders to uphold environmental conservation and to live in harmony for that’s what raises development in our rural areas,” said Deputy Minister Chombo.

Mashonaland Central Province has 27 chiefs of which 20 are substantive, while six are acting, with one vacancy existing. 

The Nyamaropa chieftaincy was initiated by Sakubeta Nyamanhindi who originated in Buhera under Chief Nyashanu and later moved to Chizinga until resettlement by colonial occupiers at Madziwa in 1915.

Nyamanhindi’s efforts led to Nyamutukwa Kawuru becoming the first chief Nyamaropa decades later.