'Ndebele king coronation unconstitutional'

HARARE - Local Government minister July Moyo has said the coronation of Ndebele King Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo is illegal, as there is no provision for a king in Zimbabwe's Constitution.

Speaking in the Senate last week, Moyo said only chiefs were recognised in the new Constitution.

This comes as High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese recently dismissed the urgent application by South Africa-based Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo, who wanted to be installed king, ruling that it was illegal to do so under the Zimbabwean Constitution.

“Together, we enacted a new Constitution.  The chiefs were participants in that Constitution making process. In our Constitution, it is very clear that the traditional leaders as defined in the Constitution are in three parts only, the first one is a chief, in Shona ndi mambo, in Ndebele Induna but in our Constitution it is the chief.  Then there is a headman and there is a village head.  So, when people who wanted to have a king wrote to us, we advised that in our Constitution we have no provision for a King.

“Fortunately, for us as Zimbabweans, when South Africans were making their Constitution we participated in many ways and they put in their Constitution that they will have kings who are in their localities.  We do not have that in Zimbabwe.

“So, our advice was that we cannot have a king when it is not provided for by law...That is what the Constitution says.”

Comments (2)

We had many kingdoms in Zim in the past: the earliest one was the Mapungubwe kingdom; this was followed by the Great Zimbabwe kingdom; followed by the Munhumutapa kingdom; followed by the Rozvi kingdom. The last kingdom was the Ndebele kingdom. The first four were Shona kingdoms. The Ndebele kingdom was established by Nguni invaders who conquered the local Shona people. Is it necessary to revive the Ndebele kingdom since it was founded by foreigners who trampled on the rights of local people: raping the local women, looting cattle etc?

B. Maricho - 11 March 2018

I berg to differ even Shonas are foreigners when they came in this country they found the Bushmen and the Tongas already here .July Moyo is just dander heard the law is just silent on this issue and that does not mean it is illegal to have a king .

Diibulaanyika - 11 March 2018

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