Masvingo Provincial Administrator (PA) Fungai Mbetsa said the installation of Phineas Tafirei as Chief Bere following his appointment in July will not be reversed but has only been postponed to a later date by Minister of Local Governance, July Moyo.
Mbetsa said the appointment was made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the installation had only been delayed but not cancelled.
“The installation of Chief Bere was postponed by Minister Moyo for now and it is the case with all the pending installations across the country.
“It is the President himself who appointed Chief Bere through the office of Minister Moyo so those who see the delay as a reversal need to know the facts of the ground,” said Mbetsa.
The Bere clan lost their chiefdom in 1925 during the colonial era.
As a corrective measure, the Bere clan will get back their chiefdom which will take the whole of Ward 4 which has been under Chief Zimuto and five other wards under Chief Charumbira.
Chief Charumbira, whose chiefdom stretches seven wards, will be left with only two wards. Chief Charumbira is also facing a fierce fight from the Nemamwa clan who believe they were robbed of their chieftaincy.
The installation of Chief Bere was supposed to take place on July 30 but was postponed after people from Charumbira stormed the venue saying they will not allow another chief to be installed and take away their land.
Five houses namely Mboko, Mambanje, Mupariri, Mudyiravanje and Makamuri are all in line to the Bere throne.