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"Bogus" Chief Fleeces Villagers Of Livestock, Cash, Free Labour

A man in Mashonaland West Province reportedly convinced villagers that he was a traditional leader, Chief Devera, and made them pay tribute with livestock, menial jobs, and cash, among other things, for three years.

The man, Simbarase Chikuya, in 2019 told villagers that he had been appointed Chief Devera by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Since assuming the “throne”, ” Chief Devera” has made villagers in Chakari, Chegutu Six and Sanyati take turns to guard him.

The villagers have been taking turns guarding him and the homestead they built for him on a rock promontory.

However, records at the Ministry of Local Government in Kadoma show that the Devera chieftainship was abolished in Rhodesia and has not yet been resuscitated.

In an interview with The Herald, Fanuel Yothum Torimirashiri, who resides close to Chakari Mine, said the “bogus” chief made villagers contribute seed, fertilizer, draught power, and labour every farming season. He said:

He lied to us that President Mnangagwa had appointed him chief in 2019 and that within weeks, he would be anointed at a ceremony in front of us all.

He then appointed me his secretary and for three years we collected livestock, goods and cash from villagers. We have the records.

We even forced people to work for him in the fields and building his compound and shrine until recently when I differed with him for continuously demanding all sorts of payments from poor villagers, when the Government does not recognize the chieftainship.

We are not sure how we got blinded by this man who is not even a member of our clan. Now we know he is not a chief.

The Government has not appointed him chief. He is nothing. When it all started in 2019, he told us he had been appointed our chief by the President and we believed him.

We were taking turns buying him airtime, bread and everything. I would personally deliver the bread by bicycle to his home.

Later he demanded the bicycle itself and I had to sell it, to avoid it being confiscated.

According to Torimirashiri’s records, corroborated by the eldest living Devera clan member Zivanai Muza, two headmen were appointed and made to pay six cattle each or USD$300, to buy the position. One of those who paid was Chuma Gora.

The 43 village heads appointed by Chikuya were made to pay a beast each at the same United States Dollars equivalent.

Chikuya on Friday told The Herald that he was appointed Chief Devera in 2019 and only waiting for an official ceremony. He said:

I am their chief. I have been working towards the resuscitation of our chieftainship abolished in 1857.

I am just waiting for President Mnangagwa to come down here and anoint me. The venue will be Chakari Stadium.

No one is contesting that I am the chief. My papers are now in high offices.

All you hear is the work of detractors. Those I appointed into positions like village heads or headmen are my working team to put structures in place. People gave me goods of their own will.

Chikuya claimed that the chiefdom straddles the vast gold-rich land that borders Chief Neuso to the west, chief Ngezi to the south and east and Makonde to the north.

Muza, who claims to be the oldest living member of the Devera clan, said Chikuya is from Gokwe and came to the area following his lover.

He said the “bogus” chief came to the place as a traditional healer, a Tsikamutanda.

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21 Comments

2 months ago

vanhu veZanu musatinyaudze, gadzirisanai ikoko mugare zvakanaka. We have important issues to attend as a nation not tunhau twanaMambo uto


i 2 months ago

kkkkk mudhara akangwarisa uyu woteera bhebhi wobva watora hushe hwevanhu ivavo futi kkkk anoda kugurwa masvada iwayo .,,iyi ndomhaka huru kwazvo pasirino vanhu vaito mushandira muminda yake zvake agere. kkkk but bhasikoro rawakatengesa wakuzeza muromo ngaakutengere first tichifambira nyaya dzacho.


jz 2 months ago

icho chakaipa icho kutorera nekudya fuma yevanhu munzvimbo achinyepa zvake,,,,chero akasungwa asi akambodya,,,,,but ane huori chaihwo kuconvinza vanhu kudaro vanodakusungwa vakuru ivava


ndini hangu 2 months ago

If he is not aZanu pf member he is going to be arrestesd because he tarnished Munangagwa 's name


ndini hangu 2 months ago

If he is not aZanu pf member he is going to be arrestesd because he tarnished Munangagwa 's name


Sir African 2 months ago

There is nothing to tarnish since Mnangagwa's name is already tarnished by the Gukurahundi massacred.

2 months ago

Kkkkk People can be so gullible sometimes How can they be fleeced for so long Three years guys Muchitoenda kunoshanda kumunda kwemunhu and they are even saying he wasn't a member of their clan but they still believed him Vanoda kurohwa neshamhu yemutondo vanhu vose ava


hhh 2 months ago

hanzy we take turns to buy him airtym 😂😂😂


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Tru Colour 2 months ago

He was displaying (imitating) the true characteristics of our present day chiefs - otherwise pple would have resisted him.

From a Tsika Mutanda to Chief - a true fraudster.

Anyway he is acquitted due to lack of evidence, those who contributed labor and material things, deed it willingly without coercion.


I love my Country 2 months ago

Ndoonyika yacho, ukajumawo pako pekudya, usasiye


Tintin 2 months ago

all chiefs are bogus


Chief Chikuya 2 months ago

Ndaida kuti vanhu vasvunure kkk kungwara chaiko


popi 2 months ago

zvakangofanana nevanhu varikupinda dzimwe church dzaunongoona wega ne common sense kuti ndedzamasaramusi


Cde hondo 2 months ago

Batai munhu vakomana munhu mukati imbavha iyo


Mambo 2 months ago

Tumambo twakungonyuka sehowa matuona kkk


tims 2 months ago

sela thug kkk


Ribvungu 2 months ago

what a shame being duped this way. anyway these people never learn


CId 2 months ago

Ma chief akazotanga kutengerwa airtime ne chingwa rinhi,,,it shows I village yemadununu 🤣🤣 hakuna chief anochovha bhasikoro mu Zimbabwe huye kusakurirwa mumunda dyirwai murimafuza,,,ndichatouyako n**** ndini president wenyu munyowani coz makapusa


CId 2 months ago

Ma chief akazotanga kutengerwa airtime ne chingwa rinhi,,,it shows I village yemadununu 🤣🤣 hakuna chief anochovha bhasikoro mu Zimbabwe huye kusakurirwa mumunda dyirwai murimafuza,,,ndichatouyako n**** ndini president wenyu munyowani coz makapusa


Timothy 1 month ago

sela



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