Thanks giving in Matobo

matobo_hillsBULAWAYO - Traditional leaders in Matobo district in Matabeleland South are preparing for a thanksgiving ceremony at the Njelele rain-making shrine.
The ceremony will be held in appreciation of a good rainy season in the just ended summer cropping season. (Pictured : Matobo Hills)

In separate interviews Chiefs Malaki Nzula Masuku, Bakwayi Sithole and Nyangazonke Ndiweni said the ceremony would be held either in August or September to the thank the ancestors for a good harvest this year.

Chief Malaki Nzula of Khumalo communal lands said harvests in the district were better this year than in previous seasons and the local community would gather to thank God and the ancestors for the good yields.

When we compare this season to the last eight seasons, I can say that this year has been the best because the entire country received good rains which resulted in increased yields and I feel that there is a need for all Zimbabweans to come together and celebrate that, said Chief Masuku.

Chief Bakwayi also said it was important to thank the ancestors for the good rains, adding that many families in the district had been able to harvest enough grain for consumption until the next rainy season.

The chiefs however lamented the shortage of seeds and fertilizers which they said had reduced yields despite the good rains received in the normally drought-prone district for much of the 2008/2009 season.

Though the season was successful, I still believe that it could have been much better had the Government supplied inputs on time, said Chief Nyangazonke.

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