CHIEF Mvutu of Victoria Falls has died after a long illness. He was 53.
Hwange district administrator Tapera Mugoriya yesterday confirmed the death of the chief who was born Nangezizwe Mlotshwa.
“I can confirm the death of Chief Mvutu. He died yesterday (Monday) night at around 10:45pm at the Hwange Colliery Hospital. He had not been well for some time, but his condition deteriorated on Monday and was rushed to hospital where he eventually died,” he said.
“Tentatively, his burial has been set for Friday in Monde village. Mourners are gathered at his homestead in the village.”
Chief Mvutu was born on October 10 1961 and appointed to the chieftaincy on July 7, 2008 and installed on September 27 of the same year.
Before his appointment, Chief Mvutu worked for Hwange Colliery Company and left the coal miner to take up the Mvutu chieftainship.
Tourism players in Victoria Falls, which falls under the chieftaincy, described his death as a sad loss to their industry.
“We are saddened by the death of the traditional leader and are grieving with the rest of the community. He was a very free leader who would interact with industry players without any form of discrimination.
“We relied on him for advice and traditional values,” the president of the Employers Association of Tourism and Safari Operators, Clement Mukwasi, said.
Chief Mvutu is survived by wife Epiphaniah Mlotshwa and three daughters.