Chief Chirumhanzi of Chirumhanzu area in the Midlands province has died.

His death was confirmed by Midlands Provinical Affairs minister Professor Larry Mavima

Professor Mavima said Chief Chirumhanzu, born Gerald Mudzengi, died on Tuesday at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare after a short illness.

He added that the late chief was likely to be buried at his homestead in Chirumhanzu on Friday.

Professor Mavima said the Government is mandated to take care of burial arrangements as per the honour accorded to traditional leaders.

“We are still in consultations with the late Chief’s family with regards to burial arrangements but as Government we are assisting with what is required so that the Chief is given a decent burial ,” said Minister Mavima who together with Zanu-PF provincial chairperson Engineer MacKenzie visited the late Chief in hospital last Friday.

He said Chief Chirumanzu was one of the longest serving chiefs in the province following his installation in 2005.

Senator Chief Ngungumbane of Mberengwa who is a member of the Chiefs’ Council said the Chirumanzu district and the province at large had lost a leader who contributed to the upholding of culture and traditions.