San Community Chief steals limelight

Written by on March 17, 2023

By Sibonginkosi Maphosa

The once least recognized San communities from Gariya in Tsholotsho and Bulilima in Plumtree , late last year had their Chief appointed for the first time in the history of this community in Zimbabwe.

The President of the second republic Emmerson Mnangagwa walked his talk of leaving no one behind and no place behind as this community now leads a normal day to day life like any other Community in the country.

In the previous years the San people were not attending school and had no documents which included birth certificates and other identification particulars.

Last year government with help of Civic organisations like Tsoro – O – Tso San development Trust embarked on a serious drive to get the San people proper documentation.

By the end of last year President Mnangagwa endorsed Christopher Dube as Chief Goledema in accordance with section 283 ( a) i and ( b) of the constitution of Zimbabwe , serving the San Community .

On Wednesday at the Chief’s conference , Chief Goledema received recognition from the President who congratulated him on his appointment.

“He is the first Tsao chief appointed by the Second Republic ” , said His Excellency.

Chief Goledema walked away with a smile to serve his Community as he was also a recipient of one of the service vehicles handed over to the traditional leaders.

Chief Goledema told our news desk that having a vehicle will make his work much easier as he can travel from one point to another enforcing traditional values in his area of jurisdiction.

“I would like to thank the President for this generous gesture of giving me this vehicle that will assist me to cover the 5 wards under my jurisdiction.

It has been a bit difficult to cover the wards because I need to communicate with the various village heads at grassroot level ” , said the Chief.

Another appreciation message to the President came from Chief Menyezwa from Lupane who said it was his first time to get the vehicle equally saying that his work is going to be much easier .

“I thank the President for the vehicles that have been given to us to make our work easy.We were facing so many difficulties and we also did not have a Chief for a long time in Lupane since Chief Mabhikwa died .

Ii was difficult for me to make rounds on my bicycle. Now I can solve all the pending cases without facing any difficulties.”

More than 20 Isuzu twin cab vehicles were handed over to Chiefs in Matebeleland and parts of Midlands.

Those from Mashonaland were instructed to collect their vehicles in Harare.

The Chiefs conference was running under the theme “Firm cultural foundation for community development”.

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