By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent
CHIEF Chidziva of Zvimba, born Johannes Jenami, has died after a long battle with lung cancer.
He was aged 92.
NewZimbabwe.com could not get official comment from the Ministry of Local Government, which presides over Chiefs and other traditional leaders but reliable sources confirmed the death.
Jenami was among a group of traditional leaders from the Zvimba chieftainship, led by Chief Zvimba born Stanley Mhondoro, who agitated for the exhumation and reburial of late former president Robert Mugabe despite objections by his family.
Jenami’s death follows the passing on in September 2021 of Chief Beperere, who was also at the forefront spearheading the unearthing of the late Mugabe’s remains arguing the family had erred in laying him to rest in the courtyard.
Born Alfred Tome, Chief Beperere succumbed to Covid 19, although his subjects claimed Mugabe’s ancestral spirits were angered by calls for the exhumation of his body from the family homestead in Zvimba communal lands.
The only surviving actors – Chief Zvimba and Chief Seremani – who collectively presided over the matter were prophesied by Mugabe’s close relative Dominic Matibiri that they would die one after the other as avenging spirits strike back.
The Mugabe’s are contesting against the Chiefs and Magistrates Court’s decision to exhume and rebury the late strongman.