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    Tuesday, 28 August 2018

    Tafirei appointed Chief Bere


    MASVINGO RURAL-Phineas Tafirei (82) has been appointed Chief Bere with effect from July 5 this foolowing the approval of the chieftainship by the Government for its restoration after it was abolished by the colonial regime in 1925.
    "After the selection of Chief Bere we wrote to the Minister proposing that the installation be done before the end of August on a date to be advised," said Masvingo district administrator Roy Hove.
    Hove also confirmed that the boundaries that were recommended in 2016 which cover part of Masvingo North and Masvingo west constituencies will be used.
    "Chief Bere area will cover Ward 4 in Masvingo North which is currently under Chief Zimuto, wards 5, 9, 10, 7 and 33 all in Masvingo West and currently under Chief Charumbira," said Hove.
    He added that Chief Charumbira will be left to administer wards 12 and 7 and his area maybe reduced further if the Nemamwa headmanship is upgraded although the process has not started.
    The family spokesperson J Masomere also confirmed that the installation will be done at Buka Business Centre on August 30.
     The Bere chieftainship which belong to the Shumba Murambwi totem was disbanded by the colonial regime after it was deemed uncooperative and the Government turned the area into commercial farms.
    Tafirei is a peasant farmer and stays in Zaka under Chief Nyakunhuwa, but the DA said the Chief would relocate to his area of jurisdiction soon after the installation at a place to be identified.
    One of his sons also called Phinias indicated that they prefer to relocate to Ashton Farm near Buka area along the Beitbridge-Masvingo Highway and they intend to install five headmen and more than 50 village heads.
    "We are not going to evict anyone form the area, but there will be changes to traditional leadership as we are going to install our own headmen and village heads," said Phinias when he visited The Mirror.
    Tafirei is of the Mudyiravanje family which is the fourth house who were next in line to take over the chieftainship which was held by the Muparuri family before it was disbanded.
    Bere chieftainship is composed of Mboko House which is the most senior followed by Mambanje, Muparuri, Mudyiravanje and Makamure which is the most junior said Hove.
    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 then Minister of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of Culture and Heritage Abedinico Ncube the resuscitation of the chieftainship in 2016.
    This was done in accordance with the Traditional Leaders Act Section 3 Subsection 3.
    "A commission of enquiry was set up and it recommended to Minister Ncube that the chieftainship be resuscitated. The Provincial Chiefs' Assembly met as well and made their recommendations to the Minister who then forward his recommendations to the President who consented to the installation of Tafirei as Chief Bere," said Mbetsa.

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