03 April 2017, ZVISHAVANE – The chieftainship wrangle which had has raged in the Masunda area has probably come to an end after the installation of 94-year-old Aaron Vengesa Nyoni as the 13th substantive Chief Masunda since the founding of the Masunda chieftainship in 1850.
Nyoni had occupied the position on an acting basis since 2014 after the death of the then Chief Masunda in 2010 reportedly led to intense disputes among members of the royal line each of whom felt it was their rightful time to take over.
Minister of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of National Culture and Heritage Adednico Ncube, who was the guest of honor, urged the newly installed chief to be a figure of peace and harmony in his chiefdom.
"People have been entrusted you with leadership. Lead them wisely and demonstrate exemplary leadership to sustain both the unity. We also urge the chief to shun corruption and coordinate development efforts in his area," Ncube said.
Chiefs' Council president, Chief Fortune Charumbira said he expected the chief to address issues of moral decadence that are now common in communities.
"Tsika dzechivanhu dzarasika! Madzishe muripiko?" lamented Charumbira.
Chief Masunda's area has lately been rocked by bloody battles and gruesome murders linked to rival gold panning gangs.
"Imi vemudzimba dzeushe musazofamba muchikanganisa vanhu munharaunda muchiti muri madzishe, nokuti tinozonzwa zvichinzi mambo haabati vanhu zvakanaka nyamba haasiri iye womene, ndimi vehukama," Chief Charumbira said.local