NewZimbabwe.com reports that Chief Mudzimu (83), born Joseph Mudzimu, died on July 2 after a short illness.
Addressing mourners at the late chief’s burial in Hurungwe, Local Government minister, July Moyo said the chief’s passing left a void on the advisory council to the country’s presidency. Moyo said:
Chief Mudzimu was a regular visitor at State House, he was one such chief who would meet the President on short notice, and we wouldn’t bother asking what the agenda was. He gave wise counsel to the President as well as Vice President. We have lost an advisor.
Chief Mudzimu featured in the national trio of traditional leaders whose role was to coordinate cultural and traditional practices and champion both tangible and intangible heritage in Zimbabwe.
The trio comprised Chief Mazungunye of Bikita and Chief Nyahuye waSvosve of Wedza and the late Chief Mudzimu.
The Mudzimu chieftainship was restored in 2018 by Mnangagwa, 63 years after it was relegated to headmanship by the white minority regime.
Mudzimu is one of the nine chieftainships in Hurungwe with others being; Chanetsa, Chundu, Dandawa, Dendera, Kazangarare, Mujinga, Nematombo and Nyamhunga.
The late Chief Mudzimu is survived by two wives, nine children and eight grandchildren.