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    Gov sets Commission to investigate Chief Chirumanzu


    MIRIAM MANGWAYA
    MASHONALAND EAST BUREAU

    MVUMA - The Chirumanzu Clan has recalled Gerald Mudzengi who is the current Chief Chirumanzu after citing a litany of acts of misconduct and violation of the clan's tradition.
    Sixty representatives of the clan and in particular the Nherera and Simba houses that are in the lineage of the chieftainship, signed a petition to Government on January 14, 2018 following a meeting held at Holy Cross Secondary School.
     Chirumanzu District Administrator, Tapson Chivanga said he was aware of the petition and a Government Commission was set up to investigate the matter.
    Chief Chirumanzu who is among the first 52 to receive Government donated double cab vehicles from President Emmerson Mnangagwa asked The Mirror to call him later but he was no longer reachable.
    "This is a traditional decision that binds the two houses to follow traditional norms and values as prescribed by our forefathers.             Time has now come for the clan to take positive and corrective action and remove Gerald (Mudzengi) from the Chirumhanzu chieftainship," reads part of the petition.
    Among the charges against Mudzengi are that he had been installing non-Chirumanzu clan descendants to positions of headmen and that he has been abusing his court by charging exorbitant fines.
    Francis Takaendesa who is Headman Chaka and a representative of the Simba House said the clan submitted copies of the petition to the Midlands Provincial Administrator's offices, Chirumhanzu District Administrator, Chirumhanzu Rural District Council Chief Executive Officer and other relevant Government offices.
    "Those who belong to the Chirumhanzu clan regard our traditional and cultural values highly and it will be folly for us as elders to sit back and watch these being eroded by one of us," said Headman Chaka.
     "I can confirm that the petition was submitted to my office. However, a commission of inquiry from the now Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing was set up for investigations on the matter. The concerned parties should just be patient and wait for the verdict from the ministry," said the DA.
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