Peter Zwide Kalanga unveiled as King

PROMINENT Bulawayo cultural activist, Peter Zwide Kalanga Khumalo, who was unveiled as King Nyamande Lobengula II at Bulawayo Amphitheatre on Saturday, pledged to improve the lives of people in Matabeleland and Midlands.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

Khumalo said his immediate task will be to uplift the standards of living for Matabeleland and Midlands residents.

“I will work tirelessly in conjunction with [the] government to raise the standard of living for the people of Matabeleland and Midlands. The monarch will be non-partisan,” he said.

Khumalo, who has been advocating for the revival of the Ndebele monarchy for years, ascended to the throne following a long and “necessary” consultative process by King Lobengula Royal House representatives.

The new king said he was going to prioritise development in Matabeleland.

“With immediate effect, the monarch embarks on establishing royal committees for development. These will work closely with relevant government ministries,” he said.

The committees, which will be formed under Khumalo’s kingship, include the royal committee for agriculture, education and health.

“The royal committee for agriculture will empower the chiefs and communities to help remove people from abject poverty that they find themselves in. The royal committee for health will be working again within the government framework or programmes to ensure that health issues are made a priority in this region and that the infrastructure and accessibility to health is prioritised,” he said.

The new monarch said he will form a royal committee for resource mobilisation. Khumalo has also indicated his desire to engage President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration over the restoration of Mthwakazi.

He argued the right to self-determination (restoration) of the people of the Mthwakazi is a fundamental human right that is enshrined in the United Nation’s self-determination principle and as such legal at international law.


A faction of the Khumalos last year announced that South Africa-based Bulelani Collin Khumalo was king Lobengula’s heir-apparent, while self-proclaimed Ndebele monarch, Stanley Raphel Khumalo was also inaugurated as Ndebele King Mzilikazi II.

22 Comments

  1. Kusarobhwa uku

  2. Peter your finagles cant make you king never don’t abuse your education and political connection be king over your team that elected you. You were reprimanded by your late uncle Msongelwa over your sinister moves toward the crown which you know you don’t deserve. Don’t you know the cultural process of installing the king. Come to BF on 3 March.

  3. king kabani?

  4. Bulelani Khumalo is the rightful heir! He is of the line of Njube the eldest son of Lobengula. These other guys are from Njube’s younger brothers. The fact that he was born South African does not matter, it was because of Cecil Rhodes who took his forefather to Capetown to deter the Ndebele from reviving the monarchy

    1. Besides, African culture and relationships do not recognize modern European borders. There is no such a thing as a foreigner in African culture. There was no South Africa or Zimbabwe during King Mzilikazi’s time. The Tonga in Binga and along the Zambezi have relationships with the Tonga in Zambia. People of Malawi descent still have relationships with those in Malawi; even Mugabe once took his whole family for rituals there. People in Manicaland have relatives in Mozambique – the Shangaan – some in Giyani Limpopo South Africa. The Batswana people in SA north West Province have relatives in Botswana. Some Batswana and Kalanga in Zim have relatives in Botswana. The Venda in Beitbridge have relatives in Musina. Are people saying Africans should now break these relationships because of Borders – in the North Korea South Korea style? Hell no – never!!

      1. Thank you sir,well said!!!

  5. Wena Baba Zwide, ngeke uzube yiNkosi yakwa M.t.h.w.a.k.a.z.i, asikufuni. Sifuna u Bulelani was MzansiM.th.wa.ka.zi, ngoba umzila wegazi nendlela yesintu; yonk’into isikhomba kuyena – hayi wena. Uyena owazi iSintu/isiNguni ngempela. AbeZimbabwe lina seli dibanisa nesiShona into zenu zonke – lokho likubiza isiNdebele. Okhokho bebakhuluma eseMzansi, benza okweMzansi. Hayi okwanamhlanje esikubonayo. Selinama gama afana nabo “Mayinini”; “okwanisa”, nazo zonke inkemenkeme ezazingaziwa ngo Khokho. Inkosi ifanele ikwazi ukuqondisa umphakathi ma elahleka ngoko limi, njenge Ngonyama yakwaMthaniya iNkosi uZwelithini. KwaZulu, ngeke vele umuntu akhulume ulimi olutshekile kuKhozi FM. Inkosi ivele ishaye ucingo ikhuze, njalo ikhwaze; ifuna ukwazi ukuthi yini uMsakazo wesizwe umosha ulimi? Ngempela ngempela cha baba Zwide; angiboni ukukhona lokho wena. Njalo abantu abakubeke esihlalweni, kabawulandelanga umthetho wesiNguni wesintu, wakwaM.t.w.a.k.a.z.i. Inkosi kayibekwa ngabantu abayi ten mfoka Baba. Dankie!!

  6. Avawo ava! Stuck in the past!

  7. Shininy Shenanigans

    This Qiniso fellow never ceases to amaze me; he bemoans the influence of the Shona language on the isiNdebele/isiZulu speakers in Zimbabwe and yet he feels it’s lekker to say ‘ngabantu abayi ten(English)’ and ‘dankie(Afrikans)’. Is it because he has a low opinion of his kind-hearted Zimbabwean hosts and their language so much so that he entertains outdated,unfeasible and silly notions like establishing a Zulu Kingdom outside KZN. Remind uZwelithini wakho lowo that in Zimbabwe we don’t tolerate cultural imperialism……he has to accept that intercultural influences are a fact of life.

    1. Musanetseke Baba, hapana nyaya apa. We respect their tradition as long as it’s within the Laws of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

  8. Tikati garei garei ngatiyeuchidzane ma Ndebele came to Zimbabwe 48 years before ma British and attacked locals, Incase they still think they have equal claim as Shonas to Zimbabwe with their calls for a separate state.

  9. Of dreams. How does he hope to improve peoples lives without a budget?

  10. Bayetheeeee!

  11. khokhela uMthwakazi ZWIDE ongafuniyo kayekele kudala wayiqala lendaba

    1. povided its not a self engrandsement project meant for his personal selfish interests

  12. kupenga chaiko. a dreamer…….

    1. If Ndebele kingship is restored then the Rozvi Kingdom should also be restored. It is understood that the whole Matebeleland region was Rozvi the Njeleles the Khamis etc were under Rozvi Mambo. Then the question which comes up is “Who is the rightful king of the region?”. The Ndebeles are the minority in the region, Kalangas, Nambiyas, Tongas and those of animal totems are the majority.

  13. Concerned Citizen

    If they want this why not resuscitate Lobengula Chieftainship not Kingship which is controversial. Identify chiefs of similar minds then have the chiefdom in the same area and your your chieftainship become influential to those around it.

  14. I em Rozvi and they’re fighting on our land,if you hate Shona pple pliz kindly go back to KwaZulu Natal harina pressure.

  15. King Garikai II

    Wataura Gidza neniwo ndiriMuRozvi chaiye anogona ChiZulu, ChiXhosa nemamwe malanguages emuSA kupinga ese MaNdeks aya.. Progress and Peace Pls

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