The indaba on the coronation of a Ndebele king between government and traditional leaders in Bulawayo has been abandoned following an urgent chamber application by Peter Zwide Khumalo who is claiming the throne. The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo who was supposed to convene the meeting had to cancell the ceremony
The Zimbabwean government has barred cultural activists from installing a Ndebele king this weekend saying the move is unconstitutional.
The organizers of the event, which was expected to attract thousands of people from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, United Kingdom and other nations, were informed today to shelve the installation of Prince Bulelani Lobhengula Khumalo as king of the Ndebeles.
Local Government Minister July Moyo informed the Crown Prince Council chairperson Chief Mathema that the intended installation of the crown prince to the throne left vacant by King Lobhengula Khumalo cannot go as planned at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.
“We aknowledge receipt of your letter notifying my ministry of your intention to install a Crown Prince to the throne of King Lobhengula on the 3rd of March 2018 and would like to advice you that it is unconstitutional to resuscitate and install a Crown Prince of King in Zimbabwe and therefore you should cancel your intended installation of Crown Prince Bulelani Lobhengula scheduled for 3rd March 2018 in Bulawayo because if it is unconstitutional and therefore illegal to do so.”
Chief Mathema and spokesperson Effie Dlela Ncube of the Crown Prince Council were not available for comment.
Legal experts say the Zimbabwean constitution is silent on the installation of a king and therefore the government has erred in blocking the coronation of a Ndebele king.
HIGHLANDERS and Bulawayo City’s clash this Saturday at Barbourfields Stadium has been called off following a directive by the government for organisers to stop the coronation of Ndebele King Crown Prince Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo.
The two sides were set to be part of proceedings and they would also have used the match to fine tune their squads ahead of the 2018 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season on March 10.
In a letter addressed to the Crown Council chairman Chief Mathema, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo said the intended coronation was unconstitutional and hence illegal.
“We acknowledge receipt of your letter notifying my ministry of your intention to install the Crown Prince to the throne of King Lobengula on the 3 March 2018 and would like to advise you as follows; That it is unconstitutional to resuscitate and install a Crown Prince or King in Zimbabwe and therefore you should cancel your intended installation of Crown Prince Bulelani Lobengula scheduled for 3rd March 2018 in Bulawayo because it is unconstitutional and therefore illegal to do so,” reads Moyo’s letter dated February 27, 2018.
As a result of the order, Highlanders said their match against City has since been called off since it was on the premise that the organisers were cleared by authorities.
“Our participation in the football match associated with the event was premised on the organisers receiving clearance from the regulatory authorities. Now that they did not, our participation is not possible,” said Highlanders’ chief executive officer Nhlanhla Dube.
Bosso will now face Caps United at the same venue on Sunday in the Kembo Mohadi $30 000 Cup celebrating the ascendency of Mohadi to the country’s vice presidency.
[…] Source: ZBC