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    Minister to settle wrangle between Chief Gutu and Gadzingo

    Nyasha Musambasi
    Gutu Reporter

    – The Minister of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of Culture and Heritage, Abednico Ncube is the only one with the power to resolve the headmanship wrangle raging between Chief Gutu and Headman Gadzingo, a senior Government official has said.
    Gutu District Administrator, Roy Hove told The Mirror in an interview that only Minister Ncube has the final say on the matter, adding that Chief Gutu Edmund Masanganise has no power to transfer the headmanship from the Gadzingo family to the Makuvaza family as he has vowed to do.
    Chief Gutu declined to comment when approached by The Mirror last week.
    It is understood that Chief Gutu who is a paramount chief has been making moves to abolish the Gadzingo headmanship so that it is handed to the Makuvaza family. The Gadzingo and Makuvaza clans are both of the Madyira totem who like Chief Gutu are both descendants of Gutu.
    The feud between Chief Gutu and Gadzingo appear to have been raging for quite some time and at one point the two differered sharply over who should take over the Gutu chieftainship between the Masanganise and the Gadzingo family with the Masanganise family arguing that the Gadzingo family was outside those families that can ascend to the Gutu chieftainship.
    Hove however, said that the matter was with Minister Ncube and he is the one who will make the final decision.
    "We are still waiting for Government decision on the matter.
     It is not in Chief Gutu's powers to change the name of Headmanship to another, this will be decided on the basis of what the Minister says," said Hove.
    Headman Gadzingo, Tumirai Madondo said that he will remain on the throne until the Government decides. 
    Headman Gadzingo insisted that Chief Gutu was not empowered to take away the Gadzingo headmanship because it was won through the High Court.
    "Chief Gutu is not in any position to take away our headmanship because it was given to us long when Zimbabwe was still Rhodesia.
    "It was assigned to us from the High Court not to the Makuvaza family.
    "If he really wants to dethrone us then he must go to the High Court for changes because that is where it all began," said Headman Gadzingo.
    According to Headman Gadzingo the title was used in the 1960s until 1972 when it was changed to Makuvaza. In 1979 that is when they regained their headmanship from the High Court.
    Gadzingo has had the throne since 1980.
    Some insiders said the root cause of the problem is that Makuvaza and Gadzingo were sons from the same father but different mothers in a polygamous relationship.
    Sources said Gadzingo family,  is from the late headman Makuvaza's second wife while Makuvaza who is being supported for the throne by Chief Gutu is a descendant from the first wife.local news
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