Minister trashes 'Chief' Ndiweni credentials

BULAWAYO - Home Affairs and Culture Heritage minister Obert Mpofu is standing his ground in the chieftainship wrangle pitting two sons of the late Chief Khaisa Ndiweni.

Nhlanhlayemangwe Ndiweni, once based in the United Kingdom for about 40 years, returned home a few years ago to take over the chieftainship following his father’s death.

Chief Ndiweni is based in Ntabanzinduna, which falls under Umguza District where Mpofu is the Member of Parliament.

Mpofu insists that he is not the bona fide chief.

“I don’t know him (Nhlanhlayemangwe), we have never sat down and discussed.

“He was in UK also for 40 years but rushed back home to claim the chieftainship after he heard that his father had died.

“I think he is ill-advised. Chief Ndiweni should not fight with politicians if he is indeed a chief.

“But I view him as a political person,” said Mpofu.

“I think he is more political than traditional. He is a political animal as opposed to a traditional person.

“There should not be any reason why he should just issue statements attacking the senior member of the party.

“We know he has been hosting Mujuru (former vice president Joice), G40 and all the opposition parties. He is a political and traditional tyrant. He is not a chief.

“He has not been anointed. I got messages from the real chief, his brother Thambo, who is in the UK.

“He is already talking to the Chief’s Council to say he should not be entertained,” Mpofu told Southern News.

“He has been saying all sorts of things against me. As usual I don’t talk because I feel there are more important things than responding to minnows.

“I have nothing against him but he is an individual who has got his own agenda, a political agenda.

“If it was a traditional agenda, I would talk to him. I talk to Ndiweni’s son, Douglas, and the heir-apparent, Thambo,” he added.

Comments (3)

After the elections, never again in our life time shall we allow government officials to get involved with the installation of Kings. If there is anything THESE BIG GUYS they know really well is to take petty issues to be political issues. Thats nonsense because you think traditional leaders are ZANU PF property. Chenga Ose Manhanga Hakuna Risina Mhodzi... Madofo akura

Crazy Big Man - 5 April 2018

Tradition should not be affected by politics. It is politics that is affected by tradition unless if these traditional leaders are now political puppets. If so, then its not healthy because the wishes of the people would be suppressed. I dont like what the Minister is saying. Let the Ndiwenis solve their own wrangles over the chieftaincy.

Sazikhwama - 5 April 2018

Kodwa is there anything wrong in a chief hosting whoever he wants to whether they be opposition political leaders. Who said chiefs should only entertain Zunu PF leaders only, that goes to show how shallow minded how some of our politicians are, they are used to boot lickers obedient sons who dance to their tunes, Well done Nhlanhla that goes to show that you are a non partisan chief who who does not pander to the whims of these selfish politicians.

Precious T. Mpofu - 5 April 2018

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