It is not government’s obligation to resolve chieftainship disputes but that of the family, says the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo.

Cde Moyo said this when he officiated during the installation of new Chief Samambwa, Samuel Samambwa of Zhombe.

The area had gone for nine years without a chief and there was jubilation at the installation ceremony held at Sidhakeni Secondary School as villagers celebrated through song and dance.

Addressing hundreds of villagers, Cde Moyo said he is happy that the family had finally resolved the chieftainship wrangle that had spilled into courts.

“The government does not interfere in chieftainship wrangles until the family and other traditional leaders find common ground,” he added.

Midlands Minister of State, Cde Owen Ncube said the installation of Chief Samambwa will ensure efficiency between government and the chief towards community development.   

The President of the Chief’s Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira hailed the gesture by government to give chiefs vehicles, saying it will help restore their dignity and respect which traditional leaders deserve.

Several dignitaries including traditional leaders witnessed the colourful installation ceremony.