By Regis Mhako
The people of Hurungwe in Mashonaland West under Chief Dandawa have remained true to their cultural traditions, with the traditional leader’s homestead hosting the Provincial Culture Week celebrations this Saturday.
The provincial culture week celebrations held at the Chief’s homestead saw different traditional groups performing diverse cultural activities.
Chief Dandawa took the opportunity to showcase some sacred paraphernalia used in appeasing ancestors for rain making ceremonies.
“This is our house of rain Honourable Minister. It is where all the rain is stored. If you hear that there was rain in any ward it is coming from this house. Before every rain season we conduct our bira. It’s called doro rehuruva,” explained the chief.
Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial affairs and Devolution, Honourable Mary Mliswa who led a tour of stands exhibiting various cultural products, together with Chief Dandawa, urged youths to uphold traditional values of Ubuntu.
“We must concentrate on our studies to have a brighter future and uplift our relatives. We must also have good friends who can influence us to do good things. Be wary of peer pressure. You must have principles to fight peer pressure. Be your sister’s keeper and please be obedient. Virginity is a virtue, let us value ourselves,” she said
The Dandawa traditional leadership thanked the Second Republic for implementing the constitutional requirement on devolution which has seen the culture week celebrations being decentralised to provinces.