The installation of Shepherd Chengeta as the 9th Chief Makumbe of Buhera has been hailed as a way of safeguarding local values.

Chief Makumbe’s installation ceremony, which was held at Ngundu Primary School grounds where he attended his primary education, follows the death of Chakanyuka Hwata in February 2012.

“We are happy that we have a new chief and we look forward to working well with him,” said one villager.

“Chiefs were critical in the leadership of the country and the coming in of Chief Chengeta is one that we have been looking forward to for a long time,” another villager said.

“We are confident that Chief Chengeta will make us proud as he has shown that he has this area at heart,” another villager said.

 Director for Traditional Leadership Support Services in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Mr Felix Chikovo said it is vital to rally behind traditional leaders as they are critical in governance.

“The coming in of a king is so that the governance of the area is at harmony and for the place to develop, so it is a great thing worldwide to also safeguard our local values,” he said.

Chief Makumbe said he would use his engineering background to bring development to the area.

The Makumbe chieftainship is one of the biggest in Buhera and is of the Moyo Sinyoro totem.