President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a message of condolences to the Chapoto family following the passing on of Chief Chapoto last week.

Chief Chapoto, born Enock Peter Chapoto, died at Parirenyatwa Hospital on Monday last week after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Chief Chapoto

The President said Chief Chapoto was an enlightened traditional leader who worked closely with the government and the First Lady in transforming the long-neglected Kanyemba community whose huge opportunities are just beginning to be realised now.

“Government relied on the late Chief to mobilise the community for the various projects which the new dispensation has embarked on. We can only thank him and pay lasting tribute to his enlightened leadership through the vast agricultural project very close to his heart which we have planned for his area, and through landmark investments which will soon take shape along the Zambezi River,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa said the untimely demise of Chief Chapoto should spur the country to work harder to transform Kanyemba and many such border communities whose vast potential for long stood eclipsed by colonial neglect.