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  • 16 Chiefs elected as Senate representatives
    The Herald (Zimbabwe)
    April 04, 2008

    A total of 16 chiefs from the country's eight rural provinces were elected to represent traditional leaders in the Senate following polls conducted in the provinces on Monday.

    The President of the Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs, Chief Fortune Charumbira, confirmed the election yesterday.

    The elections were conducted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission's provincial heads and only substantive chiefs were allowed to stand as well as vote in the elections.

    Each of the eight non-metropolitan provinces had to elect two chiefs to the Senate.

    Chief Charumbira said the following were elected:

    • Matabeleland North; Chief Shana from Jambezi and Chief Gampu from Tsholostho
    • Matabeleland South; Chief Bidi from Matobo (now deceased) and Chief Masendu from Bulilima
    • Masvingo; Chief Mabika and Chief Chitanga
    • Mashonaland East; Chief Masarurwa and Chief Nyamukohwo
    • Manicaland; Chief Chimombe and Chief Chiduke
    • Midlands; Chief Ngungumbani from Mberengwa and Chief Ntabeni of Silobela.
    • Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central; Results were not available although Chief Charumbira confirmed that elections were also held in the provinces.

    Chief Charumbira, who was recently re-elected to the post of president of the Chiefs Council giving him an automatic ticket to the Senate, said the elections were held in a free and fair environment and the outcome represented the wishes of the chiefs.

    He said the Chiefs who were chosen were of a high calibre and expressed hope that they would contribute meaningfully during debates in the Senate.

    Chief Charumbira said chiefs' contributions in the Senate were very crucial because as tradition leaders they were in touch with the people at grassroots level.

    "Chiefs know the real issues that affect the people at the grassroots. In many cases the Senate is a law-making body and you cannot separate judicial functions from the chiefs as they have been carrying out those functions for a long time.

    "You also want the laws of the nation to be rooted in the morals, culture and ethics of the nation. Chiefs are the cradle of those values and that's why they should be in the Senate," he said.

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