Search for Ndebele king continues

THE row over the selection of the next king of the Ndebele Kingdom continues unabated with Chief Mathema and a member of the Khumalo clan Nhlanhla Khumalo adding their voices to the raging debate.

BY SILAS NKALA

King Lobengula

King Lobengula

The Khumalos have set in motion a process to revive the Ndebele Kingdom amid reports that at least 30 people scattered in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana reportedly claimed to be legitimate heirs to the throne.

Among those who claim to be the right candidates were Mcijwana Khumalo and one Stanley Tshuma.

Mcijwana reportedly claimed to have been ordained “King Mzilikazi II” on July 4 2010, indicating that all other claimants were just causing confusion.

Tshuma also claims the same title, arguing he is possessed with King Mzilikazi’s spirit and he is a descendent of Hlangabeza one of Mzilikazi’s sons. However, it has been argued that Hlangabeza died at the age of 12 before he had sired any child.

Yesterday a member of the Khumalo clan and the leader of Mthwakazi kaMzilikazi Cultural Association, Nhlanhla Khumalo, said the whole saga around people claiming to be the rightful heirs to the throne were misplaced and confusing the people.

“It is not the responsibility of individuals to claim to be kings or declare who the king must be, but members of the clan are the ones who sit and agree on who should be king before advising the chiefs on the agreed person,” Khumalo said.

“As we speak we are looking at the Lobengula lineage, where this should be programmed according to the descendants from Lobengula’s children. The Khumalos are still looking at this, and when they are through with the process they will advise the chiefs who will then announce the final decision.”

Khumalo said the people in the region must not be moved and confused by those who declare themselves as kings, as long as that is not announced by the chiefs.

Chief Mathema weighed in: “The Khumalos sometime told us that they had identified the king in one of Lobengula houses. By right the next king must come from the house of Lobengula,” Mathema said.

A historian, Winston Dube, also concurred with the assertion that the rightful heir to the throne must come from Lobengula house.

Lobengula had eight sons — Mankisimana, Nyamande, Mhlambi, Sintinga, Njube, Mphezeni, Nguboyenja and Sidojiwe.

However, Mankisimana, Mphezeni and Nguboyenja did not have children.

6 Responses to Search for Ndebele king continues

  1. Amaholi/Musvina March 24, 2017 at 8:27 am #

    We dont need those archaic and obsolete insitutes as the Shona will identify the rightful Mutapa/Changamire. We must acknoweldge our history but reviving it is a backward step.

  2. Chirandu March 24, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    People should construct a family tree which will make it easier for all to see the legitimate Lobengula’s and heir apparent. It would also be interesting also to know other Mzilikazi’s descendents

  3. Chimurenga March 24, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    @Chirandu, its the Nguni who must construct their family tree. The Shona must also do the same so that we know the rightful of the Mutapa empire which incorporates the whole of modern day Zimbabwe and parts of Northern Botswana, Limpopo provence of RSA and Mocambique upto to Beira. The Mutapa/Chagamire must be identified.

  4. Eagle Mukaranga March 24, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    I am the rightful King, last night I had a dream in which I was told by the ancestors that I’m the rightful king, though I must confess it was after drinking a crate of castle and smoking 2 joints of weed. So pliz this matter is now settled

  5. Fembera March 24, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    If one is possessed by the spirits, he/she ceases to be a king, but automatically becomes a spirit medium, an intercessor of the people. On the issue at hand kindly be reminded that in this part of Africa, there is no title of a king, rather we have chiefs, kraal heads etc. Our constitution does not provide for the king, unless we have to amend it…

  6. Nkulumane Khumalo March 24, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    Zimbabwe is already geographically determined and set without ndebele and rozwi monarchs. Where and who will this to be selected king rule. Maybe he will be made eternal mayor of bulawayo.

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