GUTU – Three of the four houses of the Makore royal family have complained against the appointment of Johannes Chikonzi Muzenda of the Chihambakwe house as the new Chief Makore, saying an appointment must have been made from the other houses.
The three families namely Risipambi, Mugore, and Mazando have since lodged their complaints with the Provincial Administrator (PA)’s office through a written petition which was copied to Gutu District Administrator (DA) and chairperson of the provincial chiefs’ council.
Masvingo PA, Fungai Mbetsa could not be reached for comment as his phone went unanswered for several times.
Gutu DA Chiedza Tafireyi confirmed receiving the letter but refused to give a detailed comment saying it was not addressed to her.
“I received the letter but it was not addressed to me, it was addressed to the PA and was only copied to me,” said Tafireyi
TellZim News saw the letter which accuses the Chihambakwe house of breaking the rotational rule of chieftainships by taking the position yet again when the most immediate previous chief, the late Shonhe Muzenda, was from the same family.
The disgruntled family members also say they were not involved in the deliberations and nomination of candidates to the throne.
They complain that Chief Ndanga, born Wilson Makono, who chaired the deliberations, was related to the Chihambakwes.
“We were not given enough time to plan our Chieftainship. We were only given two days and during the weekend, we complained but we were not given even 10 minutes to discuss.
“We were introduced to Chief Neshuro as our chairperson of the Chiefs’ council on the day but surprisingly, Chief Ndanga took over. Chief Ndanga is uncle to the Chihambakwe Family where the chief was appointed,” reads part of the letter
They also allege the Chihambakwe house was in the habit of side-lining others in matters of mutual interest, claiming they were marginalised during the burial of the late chief.
“Following all these unusual events, we appeal to your office to intervene and save the Makore people and their culture as a dynasty,” the letter reads.
Shonhe Muzenda died in 2015 after serving for about eight months as chief, with his younger brother’s son, Jestias Muzenda, taking over on an acting basis.