Mr Taaziva Gatsi has been installed as the 17th Chief Mangwende at a colourful ceremony held at Mrewa centre.

Born on the 21st of September 1942, Mr Gatsi replaces the late Chief Jonathan Mangwende who died in December 2013 becoming the 17th chief of one of the oldest chieftainships in the country having started in 1606.

Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, David Musabayana said chiefs said traditional leaders have a role to play in initiating development in their areas.

“As traditional leaders, you represent the government at local level, so you are required to work with communities to initiate developmental programmes in your area,” he said.

The President of the Chiefs Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira and the leader of Mashonaland Chiefs Council, Chief Musarurwa hailed the people of Mangwende for smooth handover of power.

“The example shown by the Mangwende people should be emulated by other traditional leaders as it shows maturity,” said Chief Charumbira.

“The Mangwende chieftainship which is of the vaNhowe clan started in 1606 with Sakubvunza being the first chief and covers the whole of Mrewa district with five headmen and 333 village heads,” explained Chief Musarurwa.

Chief Charumbira further explained that as traditional leaders, they do not meddle in politics but only come in where national interests are at stake.

The Mangwende chieftainship rotates between the Bokoto and Chitopi houses.