Bere chieftainship restored after 93yrs

​ NKULUMANI MLAMBO MASVINGO – Bere, one of the country's most hotly contested chieftainship which covers a large chunk of Chivi an...


MASVINGO – Bere, one of the country's most hotly contested chieftainship which covers a large chunk of Chivi and Masvingo Rural Districts has been revived by Government after 93 years in limbo.
Senior traditional leaders and Government officials confirmed the development in interviews with The Mirror last week. The Bere chieftainship which belong to the Shumba Murambwi totem was disbanded by the colonial regime in 1924 because it wanted to turn the area into commercial farms.
However, the development is going to see a drastic reduction in the surface area of a number of chiefdoms in particular Charumbira because Bere will takeover at least eight wards.
Chairman of the Provincial Chiefs' Council, Feleni Chauke told The Mirror that the council was already in the process of setting up mechanisms for selecting the person who would be installed chief.
Masvingo provincial administrator Fungai Mbetsa said a Commission of Enquiry led by Rev Paul Damasani and set up to look into the Bere case did recommend to the Minister of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of Culture and Heritage Abedinico Ncube for the resuscitation of the chieftainship.
"A commission of enquiry was set up and it recommended to Minister Ncube that the chieftainship be resuscitated. The Provincial Chiefs' Assembly will meet and make their recommendations to the Minister who will then forward his recommendations to the President for the final say and thereafter the chief would be installed with the consent of the President," said Mbetsa.
 "We are going to meet as a provincial assembly in order to select three Chiefs who will assist the Bere family in choosing the candidate for the new chieftainship," said Chauke who is Chief Chitanga of Mwenezi.
Sources privy to the developments said the boundaries of the new chieftainship will include Ward 2 Summerton Resettlement, Ward 4 which encompasses Zvinyaningwe small scale farms, Ward 6 Murowa and fast track resettlement, Ward 5which covers the mining village of Mashava and Ward 7 of the fast track resettlement.
The chieftainship will also cover Ward 9 Mushandike Irrigation and dry land resettlement and Ward10 fast track resettlement area as well as the whole of Ward 33.
There are also reports that Nemamwa might soon be upgraded from a headman to a



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The Mirror: Bere chieftainship restored after 93yrs
Bere chieftainship restored after 93yrs
The Mirror
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