Government says it recognise the critical role traditional leaders play in spearheading development in their communities.

This was said by Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Minister, Cde Abednico Ncube at the installation of chief Matsiwo in Mbire.

Hundreds of people gathered at Masomo Primary School in Mbire to witness the installation of Mr Chinheza Chigwajara as substantive Chief Matsiwo.

The chieftaincy fell vacant following the death of Mr Francis Chirume in 2011 and his son was the acting chief.

Born in 1978, Chief Matsiwo is of the ‘Nzou Samanyanga’ totem.

In his keynote address, Minister Ncube urged the new Chief Matsiwo to discharge his duties with diligence and fairness.

Mashonaland Central Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Advocate Martin Dinha implored people in Mbire to focus on the development of their area.

Chief Matsiwo‘s installation was graced by several traditional leaders from Mashonaland Central Province, provincial Zanu PF members and senior government officials.