Speaking at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s meeting with chiefs in Gweru yesterday, Chiefs Council president Chief Fortune Charumbira said Chiefs will perform a traditional ritual for Mnangagwa.
The traditional rituals are meant to bestow Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s leader the traditional way. Said Charumbira:
You have been bestowed the constitutional way which is Western. We, as custodians of the land, have accepted you and need to perform certain rites which include giving you a sceptre made from one of our traditional trees, a spear, animal hide and ornaments.
. . .Let me say that we were stripped of our powers by the whites around 1898 as the settlers displaced us from our resources. Laws that targeted the so-called natives were created around that time, with chiefs being the major targets as they had power to rally the masses against the settlers. But we kept on the struggle to free ourselves, culminating in Independence in 1980 and again through Operation Restore Legacy, we have been given more power.
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