Jestinia Muzenda installed Chief Makore



GUTU – Jestinia Muzenda (43) who has been acting Chief Makore since the death of his father has been made substantive chief and installed today.

Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Ezra Chadzamira presided over the installation and he told the gathering that Muzenda was officially declared Chief Makore on December 22 last year after the President’s approval to the recommendation before he was installed today.

Chadzamira said Makore chieftainship of the vaera Moyo Gono is one of the biggest in Gutu covering a big area with five secondary schools ,11 primary schools and 40 townships.

Muzenda had been acting as the chief for the past four years when the last chief Makore died.

Vengai Guni, an advocate and one of the remaining elders of the family gave his nod to the appointment of Muzenda as chief saying it came after long squabbles in the family over successions. He said that with Muzenda’s appointment, the families have found each other once again.

“I am happy that Muzenda has been installed. This follows a long family feud where some of us managed to snatch the chieftainship through ways which are not part of our tradition.  I am happy that Muzenda was chosen and has been installed as per our tradition,” Guni said.

“This chieftainship was officially declared by the President Emmerson Mnangagwa on December 22, 2022, it is one of the biggest chieftainships in Gutu and as such it is crucial for stirring development,” Chadzamira said.

Guni said the Makore chieftainship used to cover the area stretching from Bikita Minerals to the Shakashe River in Masvingo.

He said the chieftainship has a long history which dates back to fifteenth century and has four houses that can claim the chieftainships namely Risipambi, Mugore, Mazando and Chihambakwe. Muzenda is from the Chihambakwe house.

He said their origins stretch to the Musikavanhu area in Chipinge before their forefather Pfupajena migrated to Bikita.

He said Makore is a brother to Chief Mazungunye and other chieftainships of the Moyo totem in Bikita.

The event was attended by chiefs in and around Gutu, among them  Nyamandi, Munyaradzi, Chitsa, Munyikwa, Gutu, Nemashakwe, Serima, Mawere, Ndanga, Chiwara , Nhema and Budzi.

Also in attendance were MPs Davis Marapira, Pupurai Togarepi and Rabson Mavhenyengwa and Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) councillor Jeffrey Tangemhare.

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