THE business community and politicians from across the political divide in Victoria Falls yesterday mourned Chief Mvutu and described him as a unifier and a man who was fair to his subjects.
Chief Mvutu, born Nyangezizwe Mlotshwa, died from an undisclosed ailment on Monday at the Hwange Colliery Hospital where he had been rushed after his condition deteriorated. He was 53.
Victoria Falls mayor Sifiso Mpofu (Zanu PF) said it was sad that Chief Mvutu died young as they had expected him to reign for a long time.
“It’s a very sad loss. He was a person who had a good ear to listen to his subjects. We heard that he had not been feeling well, but we did not think that the disease would take him so early,” Mpofu said.
“As the Victoria Falls community, we have lost a good person who was there to give advice. It’s really a sad loss to us.”
Former mayor and MDC-T Matabeleland North interim chairperson Thembinkosi Sibindi said Chief Mvutu was a unifier.
“It’s very sad. We were robbed of a good person; a quiet person, unifier and a real father of the people. If there was a problem he would call you and discuss with you until you agreed. He was fair,” Sibindi said.
Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Chapter chairperson, Jonathan Hudson, said the chief was a champion for development.
“He has done a lot for the development of his people. We are waiting to hear about the burial arrangements so that we join others in paying our last respects to him,” Hudson said.
Chief Mvutu was born on October 10 1961 and installed on September 27 2008. He is survived by his wife Epiphaniah Mlotshwa and three daughters.