MWENEZI - Seven local chiefs last week organised themselves and presented a gift to the Mwenezi Rural District Council (RDC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Chivanga in recognition of his appointment to the post last year.
The chiefs said they wanted to honour Chivanga as the first person from Mwenezi to occupy that key management office.
The traditional leaders; Negari, Chitanga, Neshuro, Mawarire, Murove, Maranda and Mazetese presented Chivanga with a lamb last Monday at Mwenezi RDC offices, Neshuro growth point.
Assistant District Administrator (DA), Martin Musakanda and Mwenezi RDC chairperson Samuel Masukume were also present.
Speaking to TellZim News afterwards, Chief Negari said Chivanga's appointment had done the district pride.
"We presented our gift because when he was appointed last year, we did not have a chance to congratulate him collectively as chiefs. We are happy because our own son is now occupying that powerful post and we are confident he is capable of taking care of the district's developmental needs," said Chief Negari.
On his part, Chivanga pledged to continue working on developmental projects so as to uplift local people and improve service delivery.
"I am humbled by this gesture from our chiefs. These are our parents and leaders whom we respect very much. Now for them to come to me with a gift is something that has made me really proud," said Chivanga.
Chivanga was born and bred in Mativenga village under Chief Neshuro. He was appointed substantive CEO in mid-2017 after performing better than six other candidates who also wanted the same job.
He took over from Stanslas Mavesere who had retired after serving the council for several years.local