ZVISHAVANE –A substantive Chief Masunda was finally installed in Zvishavane 10 years after the last one and this is because of the a long drawn dispute in the families that lay claim to the throne.
Aaron Vengesa Nyoni of the Mbungani Hungwe Shiri Nyoni clan was installed Chief Masunda on Thursday last week.
Addressing people gathered for the event at Chachitsa Secondary
School in Sasula, guest of honor Minister of Rural Development,
Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Abenico
Ncube said the Masunda Chieftainship rotates between two families,
the Mbungani and Masunda. He said Vengesa Nyoni is the 13th substantive chief since the inception of the Masunda Chieftainship in 1850.
Ncube encouraged the new Chief to respond resiliently to challenges
that may affect his people and work with partners of development.
"Chief Masunda, you are expected to respond positively to challenges bedeviling your community including climate change induced
hazards like cyclone Dineo. You are required to work together with other development partners and Government agencies," he said.Nyoni (94) who was born in 1923 is married to Enersta and they have six children, twenty-two grand-children and five great grandchildren. He once attempted to join
the World War 2 but ended up as a Native Commissioner's Messenger and later became Chief Masunda's messenger from 1953 to 1967. He was appointed Village Head Vengesa from 1979 to 9 June 2014, the day he was appointed Chief Masunda by President Robert Mugabe.
President of the Chief's council Chief Fortune Charumbira strongly warned the public against undermining the powers of chiefs who are the custodians of culture, traditions, and heritage."People must treat the chief's
court with respect for these are the custodians of our culture. The number of girl-child school dropouts due to unwanted pregnancies has
increased; hence, I encourage chiefs to deal with mothers that allow their
children to dress in a way that attract indecency," said Charumbira.
The event was attended by top Government officials that included
Minister of State for Midlands, Jason Machaya, director of chiefs in
the ministry Felix Chikovo, MPs Fred Moyo and John Holder, Midlands Chief's Council President Chief Ngungumbane, chiefs, company directors among others.
The Masunda Chieftainship is part of the 'vaera Shiri' dynasties
also found in Zvishavane, Shurugwi and Chivi districts. The Shiri/
Hungwe people are thought to have originated from the Zambezi valley and migrated to Zvishavane via, Gutu, Chivi and Mberengwa. The
chieftainship is believed to have been instituted by the Ndebele King
during the Ndebele-Shona tribal wars.local news