…mourn­ers nar­rate their best mem­o­ries


His burial epit­o­mised the pur­pose of his life; a man of the peo­ple.

He served the coun­try dili­gently as the tra­di­tional prime min­is­ter in his role as act­ing Ludzidzini gover­nor as well as Ind­vuna of sev­eral chief­doms and Ti­mothy Ve­labo Mtetwa was af­forded a fit­ting send-off as peo­ple from all cor­ners of the coun­try and de­mo­graph­ics gath­ered at Maliyad­uma yes­ter­day at dawn and said their fi­nal good-byes.

Mtetwa suc­cumbed to ill­ness 12 days ago af­ter dis­ap­pear­ing from pub­lic space sev­eral months be­fore. The 93-yearold tra­di­tional states­man took his po­si­tion six-and-a-half years ago af­ter the demise of Jim Gama and be­came a recog­nis­able char­ac­ter who would an­nounce, at dif­fer­ent events where His Majesty King Mswati III was present or rep­re­sented that food was served.

Hav­ing served as the first Swazi Royal Swazi­land Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, he kept his up­right form and a youth­ful gait which be­lied his age.

His colour­ful lan­guage pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment for months on end while at times evok­ing the ire of the pub­lic.

It was there­fore a no-brainer that most of the 1500 mourn­ers who braved the rainy cold weather to pay their last re­spect to the late Ti­mothy Ve­labo ‘TV’ ‘Cisha Lo­gesi’ Mtetwa de­scribed him as a hum­ble man.

Al­most all the mourn­ers who got the chance to say their last words de­scribed him as some­one who was hum­ble and re­spect­ful, de­spite his stature.

Dur­ing the vigil on Fri­day, the first speaker, Dlamini said he copied a lot from the man af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘TV’.

“He was such an open per­son who was al­ways wel­com­ing. The man wasn’t good but great,” Dlamini said.

He sent con­do­lences to all friends and rel­a­tives and fur­ther told them that with time the pain brought on by their loss would heal.

He then went on to state that ‘TV’ was a good per­son who was a wealth of in­for­ma­tion to him and oth­ers as he was ac­ces­si­ble to all within the com­mu­nity he lived.

He was hon­est and al­ways spoke the ruth de­spite any sit­u­a­tion. He would say he was not afraid of any­thing be­cause he trusted in God,” Dlamini elab­o­rated.

Faith Apos­tolic Church Pas­tor Petrus Lindimpi Mtetwa, son to the late gover­nor, told mourn­ers that his fa­ther was a devote Chris­tian who never stopped pay­ing tithes even af­ter he was bedrid­den.

Be­fore sit­ting down, the pas­tor ad­vised each and every mourner to have a self­in­tro­spec­tion that will de­ter­mine whether they were still wor­thy Chris­tians.

The third speaker to ad­dress the mourn­ers only iden­ti­fied him­self as a Dludlu was from Nk­il­iji. He said he was ‘TV’s grand­son.“Mtetwa was a hum­ble man who gave ev­ery­one a chance to dis­cuss is­sues with him. This proved that he was a good hearted man,” Dludlu said.

He went on to ad­vise his fam­ily to be strong and sup­port­ive to each other dur­ing this hard time which has be­fallen them. He went on to warn about the dan­gers of spend­ing too much time on so­cial net­works as this de­stroyed fam­i­lies.

Dludlu also crit­i­cised po­lice of­fi­cers for not re­spond­ing to cases of men be­ing abused by their lovers. He said po­lice would at some­times make fun at them for re­port­ing cases of abuse at the hands of their wives. Another speaker who iden­ti­fied him­self as Mgabhi of Etiyeni said it felt like he had lost a par­ent and echoed pre­vi­ous speak­ers’ words that Mtetwa was a hum­ble man.

“I had his num­ber, we used to talk over the phone but I did not take ad­van­tage of his hum­ble­ness,” Mgabhi said.

This speaker sur­prised many when out of the blue, he started preach­ing in English. This act by the old man sent mourn­ers into stitches of laugh­ter as he would some­times do his own siSwati in­ter­pre­ta­tions as if the peo­ple were not get­ting his mes­sage. Another speaker, Dlamini from Nton­dozi said he grew up with the tra­di­tional states­man.

He de­scribed Mtetwa as a dis­ci­plined per­son who must have em­u­lated the dis­ci­pline from their grand­fa­ther who as they both up with at Nton­dozi. He went on to state that his late cousin (TV) was a good ex­am­ple to all of them.

The two wives of the late 'TV' Mtetwa fail­ing to con­tain tears as their hus­band's cas­ket is be­ing low­ered. their

Some of grave. Mtetwa’s clothes be­ing placed in­side the

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