Chief Mangwende dies

HARARE - Chief Jonathan Mangwende, the former president of the Chiefs Council, died in South Africa on Monday where he was receiving specialist medical attention. He was 77.

Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, minister of State for Mashonaland East Province, confirmed the death to the Daily News.

Mudarikwa said Mangwende had been unwell for some time.

“Chief Mangwende passed on this week on Monday afternoon,” Mudarikwa said.

“He had been sick for the past three months. We are expecting his body tomorrow from South Africa.”

Mangwende was born Jonathan Chibanda. He was later named Jonathan Mangwende because of the chieftainship he inherited in 1968. Before he was enthroned Chief Mangwende, he was a teacher at Chinhenga Primary School.

His father Chataika Chibanda become Chief Mangwende in 1926 and died in 1936.

He was chief for 10 years.

Born on March 10, 1936 in Murewa, Jonathan Chibanda is the son of Chief Chataika Chibanda Mangwende.

After he stepped down, he was replaced by Chief Fortune Charumbira after he did not seek  re-election in 2005 as president of Chiefs Council and non-constituency Senator.

Mourners are gathered at his rural home in Mukarakate village in Murewa in Mashonaland East Province.

Most of the late Mangwende chiefs are buried at the Mangwende shrine in Masekwa Mahopo.

Comments (2)

rest in peace chief.

mashotopiyana - 19 December 2013

Zororai murugare ishe wedu. Hutungamiri hwenyu takauona uye takaurumbidza.

ZHOMBWE MOUNTAIN - 19 December 2013

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