King Nt­shosho Zwane II in Zim for Amangwe celebrations

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SOUTH African Amangwe clan King Nt­shosho Zwane II jet­ted into Zim­babwe on Mon­day to meet his sub­jects and at­tend a cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion at Chief Vezi Maduna’s homestead in Fi­l­abusi.

King Nt­shosho Zwane II will pre­side over the cel­e­bra­tion to­mor­row called Umgubho which is run­ning un­der the theme “Stretch­ing Cul­tural Prac­tice (Ubuntu) for Eco­nomic Eman­ci­pa­tion”.

He is ac­com­pa­nied by a seven-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from South Africa with more peo­ple from there and Swazi­land ex­pected to fol­low.

The Amangwe clan, which uses the Ndi­weni, Mbambo and Zwane sur­names, is spread across south­ern parts of Zim­babwe, Swazi­land and South Africa.

Spokesper­son of the Amangwe cul­tural group­ing in Zim­babwe, Lungisani Ndi­weni said the king was also here to meet the Mafu peo­ple.

“The Mafu peo­ple in South Africa are part of the clan, but the ones in Zim­babwe found in In­siza aren’t. So the meet­ing with Chief Maduna is to in­te­grate the Mafu clan into the Amangwe Kingdom,” said Ndi­weni.

“Also, he wants to see how his peo­ple have been do­ing ever since he started bring­ing the Amangwe na­tion to­gether.”

He said as al­ways, they look for­ward to meet­ing with King Nt­shosho who is in the coun­try un­til next Mon­day, adding that all are welcome for the two-day event.

“Meet­ing the king, what we call uku­wotha iNkosi, is very im­por­tant in our cul­ture. Here we speak with the king and lis­ten to his sound ad­vice. How­ever, this is not just for the Amangwe, but for every­one as Zim­babwe is a na­tion of di­verse cul­tures,” said Ndi­weni.

King Nt­shosho Zwane II who was in­stalled in 2000 reunited with his Zim­bab­wean sub­jects that had been sep­a­rated from the Amangwe line for more than 180 years in 2012.

The Amangwe celebrations started in 2011 at Sizane High School in Bu­l­awayo with King Nt­shosho Zwane grac­ing the 2012 event that was held at Chief Wasi Ndi­weni’s homestead in Mac­ing­wana vil­lage, Plumtree. In 2013, the celebrations were in Kezi at Chief Nyanga­zonke’s homestead where King Nt­shosho Zwane II could not at­tend due to the ill health of former South African Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

In 2014, the celebrations were back in Bu­l­awayo at Amakhosi Town­ship Square Cul­tural Cen­tre.

It is be­lieved that the found­ing Nde­bele King, Mzi­likazi Khu­malo, was born of Nom­pethu KaZwide, daugh­ter of Chief Zwide of the Nd­wandwe peo­ple. How­ever, a lot of ev­i­dence has been pre­sented in­clud­ing the large num­ber of Amangwe chiefs in his na­tion that Mzi­likazi could have been born of Cikose Ndi­weni, of the Amangwe eth­nic group.

In Nde­bele his­tory, it is ar­gued that Mzi­likazi, a chief at the time, was as­sisted by his mother’s peo­ple, Amangwe, to land the royal king­ship of the Nde­bele na­tion.

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