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    ‘Chief Charumbira to be stripped of title’


    MASVINGO - Masvingo Provincial Chiefs Assembly has recommended that Chief Fortune Charumbira be stripped of his title and throne because he was installed in violation of the rules and tradition of the Charumbira people.
    The recommendation which will be sent to Government was made following the first meeting (closed door) since 2013 of the Provincial Chiefs Assembly held at Flamboyant Hotel on Friday.  The meeting chaired by Chief Chitanga (born Feleni Chauke) from Mwenezi therefore recommended that the process of choosing Chief Charumbira be started again.
    The bone of contention is that Chief Charumbira who is the president of the National Chiefs' Council took over from his father Zephania in 1991 and yet the Charumbira culture stipulates that the chieftainship must rotate among families.
    The findings were tabled by Chief Ndanga who led the committee that looked into the matter. Chief Chitanga confirmed that the matter was discussed but declined to give details.
    A reliable source confirmed the recommendations to The Mirror.
    "It was observed that the customs and traditions of the Charumbira clan were not complied with when Chief Charumbira took over after the death of his father. The chieftainship was supposed to rotate among the eight families but in this case it was from father to son therefore, the chief's assembly recommended to the Minister for the process to be started afresh," said the source.
     "We discussed quite a number of issues and the matter of Chief Charumbira came up, we also talked about the welfare of chiefs, drought, food security, presidential input scheme, endorsement of selected chiefs and the issue of boundaries which was deferred as it requires more time," said Chief Chitanga after the daylong meeting.
    The recommendation comes a week after the Chief Charumbira won a major court battle. Justice David Mangota dismissed an investigating team set up by the Minister of Rural Development and Preservation of National Cultural Heritage, Abedinigo Ncube to investigate the legitimacy of Chief Charumbira.
    The investigating team which met the Charumbira families on a verification process was set up on the request of Faniel Mukwaira, one of the family members.
    The Minister and four others were cited as respondents in the matter which was declared unconstitutional by the Judge.
    "… is hereby declared unconstitutional, unlawful and of no relevance," read part of the judgement.
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