I do not recognise ED’s govt: Chief

BY SIBONGINKOSI MAPHOSA

OUTSPOKEN Ntabazinduna Chief Nhlanhlayemangwe Felix Ndiweni on Thursday said he does not recognise President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

“Do you notice that I call it an administration, because according to me this country does not have a government. The proper government to run this country is yet to come.
A government that will make people’s lives normal, a government that will put an end to fuel queues, a government that will see parents being able to pay fees for their children,” he said.

The visibly emotional chief further touched on Gukurahundi issues, which he described as an outright genocide.

“Gukurahundi was genocide, and as long as this administration does not acknowledge that, then we are going nowhere. Exhumations are not a solution because these graves are a crime scene, and there has to be a proper report on how these graves came to be and perpetrators must be brought to book,” he added.

Ndiweni, who hardly ever minces his words on issues he does not support, made the remarks during a Press conference in Bulawayo, where he and his advisors launched a Save
Ntabazinduna mountain campaign.

The campaign is for the protection and preservation of a sacred mountain, which is used by locals for spiritual rituals amid concerns by the traditional leader and locals
that it was now being disrespected and violated, especially by outsiders.

Ndiweni said he lost interest in trying to engage Mnangagwa’s administration on the issue of Ntabazinduna mountain because the government seemed to be turning a deaf ear
and a blind eye to his calls.

The traditional leader further said he will never address the current set up as a government of Zimbabwe, but preferred to call it a “temporary” administration.

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5 Comments

  1. Nhlanhla has clearly lost his marbles and needs help from his elders and siblings urgently. This overly bitter son of a sellout paramount chief never ceases to amaze me. He’s apparently still stuck in the era during which ubaba, Mnu. Khayisa kaNdiweni, was the darling of the racist white minority establishment while nationalists like ED and others were fighting for black majority rule. Granted, some sellouts never change but it’s about time Nhlanhla turned the page for the sake of nation-building and his own personal health…

  2. An important tenet at national level is the manner in which the leadership speaks to its people; and measured non-inflammatory statements become a requirement than choice. A mistimed and less-thought out spew of words from a leader can easily torch a storm of unprecedented proportions at national level. As such, their political and personal preferences notwithstanding, personalities like the Chief Ndiweni should stand guided.It is absolutely unnecessary as it is unreasonable for the Chief to make some such utterances which could, in the least, inimical to nation-building and reconciliation in the country. For a traditional authority to come out openly de-legitimising a sitting government is nothing but scandalous.What message is he putting out to the people? Lest we forget; this is a country with a badly-tainted history of invasions and occupations, including by fellow blacks.The horrors and sad tales of Ndebele atrocities in this country in the yester century would render its white settler version a kindergarten lullaby. Counter pronouncements on Ndiweni”s legitimacy in this country (Zululand is beckoning) would be equally irresponsible and divisive. It is incumbent upon the Chief to self-introspect and join in the wider effort of nation-building and reconciliation.

    1. its true the spirit of unity in diversity should guide us to forge ahead with nation building,grandstanding pronouncements are detrimental to the provisions of peace and reconciliation.it is high time the chief behaves as a true elder in the country and speak that which hold the people together a chief in matebeleland is still regarded as a chief even if he goes to masvingo hence his utterances affect all an sundry.l hope the chief upholds the values of ubuntu and value the land that make him claim a territory.

  3. its true the spirit of unity in diversity should guide us to forge ahead with nation building,grandstanding pronouncements are detrimental to the provisions of peace and reconciliation.it is high time the chief behaves as a true elder in the country and speak that which hold the people together a chief in matebeleland is still regarded as a chief even if he goes to masvingo hence his utterances affect all an sundry.l hope the chief upholds the values of ubuntu and value the land that make him claim a territory.

  4. its true the spirit of unity in diversity should guide us to forge ahead with nation building,grandstanding pronouncements are detrimental to the provisions of peace and reconciliation.it is high time the chief behaves as a true elder in the country and speak that which hold the people together a chief in matebeleland is still regarded as a chief even if he goes to masvingo hence his utterances affect all and sundry.l hope the chief upholds the values of ubuntu and value the land that make him claim a territory.

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