Observer on Saturday - - Front Page - By Sicelo Maziya

Inkhosatana Gelane of KoNt­shingila umphakatsi in the Shis­el­weni re­gion has fired the area’s Chief’s run­ner (uMgijimi) iden­ti­fied as Nhlanhla Kunene.

Kunene, who is said to be a po­lice of­fi­cer based at Malk­erns Po­lice sta­tion, did not at­tend the event that was closely guarded on Wed­nes­day, where he was re­lieved of his du­ties.

As usual, mem­bers of the Royal Eswa­tini Po­lice Ser­vices (REPS) had re­in­forced in their num­bers as more than 20 uni­formed po­lice of­fi­cers were closely mon­i­tor­ing the pro­ceed­ings with a hawk’s eye.

The meet­ing was also held in the pres­ence of the Hlathikulu sta­tion com­man­der.

An ar­ray of al­le­ga­tions have been lev­elled against Kunene, one of which is that of tout­ing him­self as the area’s Ind­vuna and fur­ther al­lo­cated peo­ple land with­out con­sult­ing the author­i­ties of the main KaGwegwe umphakatsi.

The for­mer umgijimi was fired in ab­sen­tia af­ter al­legedly com­pro­mis­ing his trust with the lead­er­ship.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Kunene had been as­signed ad­di­tional du­ties af­ter the cur­rent Ind­vuna Bheki Mapha­lala be­came very busy with other state du­ties. Mapha­lala also dou­bles up at the coun­try’s Chief Jus­tice (CJ).

On Wed­nes­day, Inkhosatana Gelane an­nounced that Kunene had since been re­moved from the po­si­tion of Umgijimi. This hap­pened in the pres­ence of about 100 res­i­dents of the area. Inkosa­tana said Kunene had gone over­board in the ex­er­cise of his du­ties that were given to him in the area of Lawuba at the Mbang­weni Royal kraal, an­other Royal kraal un­der KoNt­shingila.

At the meet­ing, the act­ing chief, who is for­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent, re­peat­edly used the word "kubuka' to de­fine what Kunene was sup­posed to do, not what he had started to do in the area.

The po­lice of­fi­cer is also said to have also at­tracted the wrath of the lead­er­ship when he tem­pered with the se­cu­rity of the area’s chief des­ig­nate by re­mov­ing him at his place of abode, to what Kunene claimed to be a much safer place with­out the con­sent of the area’s author­i­ties, thus ex­pos­ing him to dan­ger.

Kunene was fur­ther ac­cused of fail­ing to keep royal fields(emasimu end­lunkhulu) ploughed and let­ting the byre to de­te­ri­o­rate as it is now filled with long and un­nec­es­sary weed (um­mena).

He is said to have been re­placed by Mgamb­heni Ng­wenya.

Ng­wenya was im­me­di­ately as­signed to work speed­ily to­gether with the new MP Der­rick Masuku, Ind­vuna Yenkhundla of kaMethula Inkhundla and David Shiba, who is Bu­copho to plough the royal fields be­fore the end of the rainy sea­son. Ng­wenya’s other im­me­di­ate as­sign­ment was to fa­cil­i­tate the re-con­struc­tion of Sibaya within the Royal Kraal at Lawuba com­mu­nity un­der KoNt­shingila.

Other no­tice­able in­di­vid­u­als present were for­mer MP Mphaya Sime­lane and Sa­belo Masuku, the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sioner.

Kunene also stands ac­cused of hav­ing con­spired with the God­loza fac­tion that is con­sis­tently chal­leng­ing the Gelane- led fac­tion from the KaGwegwe Umphakatsi. Ac­cord­ing to sources, Inkhosatana, dur­ing the same meet­ing, is to have fur­ther re­minded the res­i­dents that all pow­ers to ap­point the next com­ing chief were vested in her and no­body else.

It is said that Kunene was ex­pected to be present at the meet­ing but never showed up.

Kunene is not the first to get a taste of the wrath of Inkhosatana, as for­mer Ind­vuna Mageza Maz­ibuko was also re­lieved of his du­ties.

Maz­ibuko was hold­ing the po­si­tion af­ter Gelane had also re­lieved long time Ind­vuna Mfeneziyamthoba Ma­gag­ula.

EKHAYA: Inkhosatana Gelane of KoNt­shingila.

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