THE intriguing drama around Ndebele royalty, with around four claimants to the throne, is a recipe for disaster for the Kingdom’s potential revival. At this rate, authorities are bound not to take monarch revival lobbyists seriously if King Lobengula’s royal clan appears disintegrated and divided over who should be king.
The Ndebele kingdom, which has yet to be revived, has been the subject of much controversy since Stanley Raphael Khumalo, who claims to be King Mzilikazi II, installed himself as king in a secret location in Bulawayo.
Later, South Africa-based Bulelani Khumalo was also crowned at a private venue in Bulawayo after the government blocked his ‘coronation’ which was due to take place at Bulawayo’s Barbourfields Stadium in 2018.
Recently, locally based Peter Zwide Kalanga Khumalo also claimed to be the rightful heir to the throne, while another suitor Mcijwana Khumalo also jumped into the fray, claiming he was the one.
Like the old English adage: United we stand, divided we fall, it was not easy for the revivalists of the Ndebele Kingdom to achieve their goal due to the enduring divisions around royalty. Clan members and their subjects must smell the coffee and compromise to speak with one voice on the matter.
Their processes must be very clear as to who should be king and who are the people who should select and install the monarch and what happens after that.
It is sad that instead of the clan members reorganizing and resurrecting the monarch in a manner appropriate for the cultural revival and perseverance of the Ndebele, they are busy bickering and trying to compete for the imaginary throne of a manner that depicts poor coordination and disorganization of the highest order.
It is high time that the revivalists of the Ndebele kingdom get organized and stop shooting each other in the back otherwise their dream will never see the light of day. Royal families need to stop wasting time and do the right thing.
Now Raphael Khumalo is suing the government and the UK for the throne, while Bulelani Khumalo, meanwhile, plans to visit the country as “king” to celebrate Mzilikazi’s life with the “subjects”, who are – to say the least, literally confused as to what is going on. In such a scenario, who does the government recognize if it is so inclined?
It would be unfair for people to blame the government for not recognizing any of the pretenders to the throne if they cannot recognize themselves. They must first be organized so that their collective approach is recognized.
Clan members and royal families, can you stop playing with such a crucial Ndebele cultural leadership position. The Ndebeles need a real king, not a group of power-hungry, disorganized and greedy individuals worthy of being called clueless clowns.
Their inability to unite for one purpose mocks the throne and cannot be taken seriously.