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Chief Malaba buried

Story by Providence Maraneli

ONE of the longest-serving traditional leaders in Matabeleland South Province, Chief Malaba, who died on the 8th of this month, has been buried at his rural home in Matobo.

Hundreds gathered to pay their last respect to Chief Malaba and speakers described the revered traditional leader as a fountain of wisdom.

“We are who we are because of our father, he was a straightforward man,” said Chief Malaba’s son, Mr Henry Malaba.

“In the face of the El Nino-induced drought, traditional leaders are playing a pivotal role in supporting government drought relief programme and Chief Malaba has left a vacuum that is hard to fill,” said Matabeleland South director of Local Government, Mr Jusa Zachariah.

 The deputy president of the Chiefs Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira said, “He wanted nothing but unity among the Zimbabwean people. Even during his time as the deputy president of the chiefs’ council, he preached unity.”

The President of the Chiefs Council, Chief Mtshane Khumalo called on the Malaba community to be united and follow chieftainship traditions.

“We want you to be united, we don’t want to hear that people are fighting over who is going to succeed Malaba. Let’s do it smoothly as per the tradition.”

Matabeleland South Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Evelyn Ndlovu reminded the community of the critical role of traditional leaders in implementing government programmes.

“The late chief was a vibrant leader who took it to heart to fulfill the President’s vision of leaving no one and no place behind. He participated in community development projects such as the construction of schools and clinics in his area of jurisdiction. He was also a strong advocate for environmental preservation awareness which saw him being awarded national recognition by the Department of Civil Protection in 2016.”

Among the mourners were Chief Justice Luke Malaba, Chief Tshitaudze of Beitbridge, Chiefs Masendu and Mpini of Bulilima as well as Chiefs Nyangazonke and Fuyane of Matobo.

Born in Malaba village of Matobo District in 1938, Chief Malaba did his primary school at Nyashonkwe Primary and St. Joseph Primary schools.

He was installed Chief Malaba in 1988 after the death of his father Ntelela Malaba in 1986.

He is survived by his wife Dorrah Mhlanga and five children.

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