Xhosa king to honour Mugabe


Xhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu landed in Zimbabwe on Sunday on a week-long trip that aims to establish a relationship with Zimbabwean Xhosa people.

He is expected to bestow the King Hintsa Bravery Award upon Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Xhosa Royal Council CEO Zolani Mkiva said the handing over of the award was expected to take place at Sojini School grounds on Friday in Mbembesi.

Sigcawu would deliver the keynote address in this historic ceremony, said Mkiva.

“President Mugabe is recognised by the king for his humble contribution to the liberation struggle and his outstanding leadership in African affairs,” said Mkiva.

He said the king was looking forward to speak to (President) Mugabe about ways to help Xhosa people who earlier this year in Johannesburg complained of being “left with no option”, but to learn Shona since there were no Xhosa books in the country.

Researcher on tradition and clan name expert Mpumelelo Makuliwe said he had already conducted a study on the Xhosa living in Zimbabwe.

It is believed most Xhosas residing in Zimbabwe have their roots in the former Transkei province of South Africa.