Chief Mukanganwi Officially Installed
MASVINGO – After eight years of vacancy, Mr Vengai Chapwanya has been installed as Chief Mukanganwi at a colourful event at Vushe Primary School in Bikita on Tuesday.
The succession custom of the Mukanganwi chieftainship is by rotation of three houses – the Mushanduri, Funhiro, and Chiumburu families.
The event was presided over by Local Government and Public Works Deputy Minister Marian Chombo.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister Chombo emphasised the importance of traditional leaders in the development of the country.
“Traditional leaders have a critical role to play in the development of our nation. They should work with their communities and other stakeholders to foster development in their areas, ” she said.
Mr Chapwanya’s appointment was made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on December 6, 2022, following the death of Govo Mukanganwi in 2015.
Mr Chapwanya was born on January 12, 1935, and did his primary education at Mandiki Primary School.
He is married to Etar Chapwanya and has 10 children and 89 grandchildren.
The Mukanganwi chieftainship is one of the VaDuma chieftainships in Bikita, and their totem is Moyo, with their chidawo being Gono.
The Mukanganwi people trace their origins back to Mozambique, where their ancestors lived.