Thovhele Vudzidzhena Nethengwe (right) spoke to the new traditional leader of Mangaya village, Vhamusanda Rothodzani Nethengwe (left) and the communities shortly after the installation ceremony on how the village will be ruled under their new leader. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

Mangaya villagers encouraged to support new traditional leader


Since the death of Vhamusanda Thivhaluvhi Nethengwe in November 2016, the rural village of Mangaya in the Thengwe Tribal Council of Mutale, had been without a ruler, with only an acting traditional leader standing in to address general concerns.

On Saturday, 26 June, however, the village’s new traditional leader, Vhamusanda Rothodzani II Nethengwe was installed during the U dadzwa ha mativha (installation of new traditional leader ceremony), under strict Covid-19 regulations.

Thovhele Vudzidzhena Nethengwe reminded Vhamusanda Nethengwe that a good leader always treats his people with respect and steers the village in the right direction in order to improve their way of life.

“You have taken the oath to work with all your abilities to better the lives of the Mangaya communities. I want you to be my eyes and report all challenges and developments in Mangaya. The communities now have someone whom they can consult and report their grievances to regarding service delivery,” said Thovhele Nethengwe.

At the same time, he said, the communities in Mangaya should in return also give their new ruler their support and respect to lighten the great responsibilities that now rest on him.

Ndivho Nethengwe was named ndumi, while Ndilelwani Ndou was named khadzi.

Vhamusanda Fhulufhuwani Mugwabane welcomed Vhamusanda Nethengwe to the council and wished him all the best in his tenure as leader of the village.

“We will give you our much-needed support, because in the Thengwe Tribal Council we work as one big family. You will be summoned to attend different meetings held by the Thengwe Tribal Council, where challenges affecting your communities, as well as traditional leadership disputes, will be discussed,” said Vhamusanda Mugwabane.




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Date:03 July 2021 - By: Silas Nduvheni

Silas Nduvheni



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