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Chief Beperere Succumbs To COVID-19

30 August 2021

Chief Beperere, born Alfred Tome, of Zvimba district, died on Sunday from COVID-19 complications, aged 70.

He was installed as a substantive chief on 7 August 2014.

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Chief Beperere was of the Gushungo clan and served as a district administrator and Harare provincial administrator.

Local Government and Public Works Deputy Minister and Zvimba North legislator, Marrian Chombo, confirmed that the traditional leader succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.

Chief Beperere's demise follows the deaths of several chiefs in Mashonaland West Province this year.

Chiefs who have died this year in the province include Chief Mashayamombe (Ignatius Chiketa Kanengoni, 86) and Chief Nyamweda (Claudius Mandaza, 64) to COVID-19, while Chief Nematombo (Lovemore Karengesha, 67) died of natural causes.

Provincial chiefs’ council chairperson and Chief Ngezi (Peter Pasipamire) said the loss of Chief Beperere was devastating.

Mashonaland West provincial development coordinator, Josphat Jaji, said burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

More: The Herald