KING TO BLESS CHIEFS TUESDAY
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.