Observer on Saturday - - Front Page - By Sicelo Maziya

Their Majesties will on Tues­day bless sev­eral chiefs to as­sume au­thor­ity in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

The bless­ing of chiefs by Their Majesties be­comes the fi­nal part in the process of one be­ing in­stalled as the right­ful chief of a par­tic­u­lar clan.

The bless­ing of new chiefs was con­firmed by the Ludzidzini Coun­cil Sec­re­tary Chief Dam­buza Lukhele in an interview yes­ter­day.

Lukhele also con­firmed that the bless­ing of the iden­ti­fied can­di­dates was sup­posed to be done yes­ter­day but was pushed for­ward to Tues­day.

Ex­pected to be in­stalled in­clude two chiefs who were un­lucky when 11 chiefs were pre­sented to Their Majesties three years ago at the Royal Res­i­dence.

Prom­i­nent Mba­bane High­landers cap­tain and Sih­langu player, Xolani ‘Chocco’ Sibandze was en­dorsed as Chief Mdok­wana of Mahlalini in the Shis­el­weni re­gion and Si­fiso Maziya en­dorsed as Chief Jozane of Ka-Langa in the Lubombo re­gion are ex­pected to be amongst those to be blessed by Their Majesties.

The in­stal­la­tion of ‘Chocco’ was frozen after one Sig­wili Sibandze, who said he was a de­scen­dant of Mdok­wana, stood up in front of Her Majesty and ob­jected.

Con­cern­ing Si­fiso Maziya of Ka-Langa, the prob­lem arose after Madala Maziya, an elder of the Maziya clan who had come to present Si­fiso to Her Majesty, failed to con­vince the Ludzidzini Coun­cil and the Indlovukazi on how he came to be heir.

How­ever, both chiefs were not dis­puted to be the right­ful chiefs of their re­spec­tive ar­eas but only mi­nor chal­lenges.

Re­li­able sources nar­rated that in­stal­la­tion of a chief is a right for the right­ful house­hold to se­lect their heir and then after they agreed they then present that in­di­vid­ual to Their Majesties for their bless­ing.

The Ludzidzini Coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for se­lect­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate time for chief­doms to present their can­di­dates to Their Majesties for bless­ing.

Some prom­i­nent chief­doms still re­main with­out a chief for the sim­ple rea­son that the rul­ing house­holds have still not re­ceived a con­sen­sus on the right­ful can­di­date to be pre­sented to Their Majesties.

Some of the chief­doms that re­main with­out chiefs are KoNt­shingila, Nkhaba, Dvokol­wako, KaMab­hedla and Mot­shane, to name but a few.

BAYETHE: His Majesty King Mswati III.

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