Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko says government attaches great importance to the institution of traditional leaders as the custodians of the land and the country’s cultural values.
Cde Mphoko made the remarks during the burial of regent Chief Dakamela of Nkayi Matabeleland North who was laid to rest at her family graveyard in Matopo this Saturday (today).
A sombre atmosphere gripped Brethren in Christ Church in Matopo Mission today where hundreds of people including family, friends, chiefs and senior government officials congregated to give a befitting send off to regent Chief Dakamela who passed away in the United Kingdom on the 31st of March.
Family members described her as a humble and selfless character while Chief Dakamela ‘s children said their mother’s death has left a void that will be difficult to fill.
Traditional chiefs also delivered their messages of heartbreak saying Chief Dakamela’s impeccable work ethic and dedication to duty is worth emulating.
Vice President Mphoko who also gave a rousing tribute and farewell to the late Chief Dakamela said while the colonial regime undermined the Institution of Traditional Leaders, the government is committed to ensuring that they are held in high regard.
Chief Dakamela who was born Hleziphi Dakamela died in her sleep at the age of 73 at her daughter’s home in the United Kingdom where she had gone to visit.
She had been the acting chief in Nkayi for 12 years as the rightful successor to the throne was still a minor when she took over the chieftainship in 2004.