KING DISPERSES LIBUTFO
His Majesty King Mswati III yesterday dispersed thousands of regiments at Ngabezweni Royal Residence, marking the end of the Incwala ceremony.
Thousands of regiments converged at the Royal Residence to hear the King’s first address to the nation for the new year following the completion of the Incwala ceremony which was followed by the weeding of royal fields. The Incwala ceremony started in December 7 at Ludzidzini Royal Residence with the main day falling on Christmas Day. The weeding of royal fields started on Friday December 27 and lasted for almost two weeks.
His Majesty the King commended the regiments for undertaking all the activities related to the Incwala ceremony, noting that the regiments have shown dedication and love for their culture by participating in all the activities from the beginning to the end.
“The regiments have been coming in their numbers since the first day of the Little Incwala. Even during the march to accompany the ingaja, the numbers were amazing as it was like an endless rope as the throngs of regiments marched on. Even the ingaja came in numbers and further brought back quality Lusekwane shrubs, something which I appreciate. I encourage you to continue with the good spirit and love for your culture as this gives hope that our God given culture will not perish as it will be passed on to future generations,” the King said.
The King said he was also happy with the good behaviour the regiments displayed through the ceremony.
He said regiments understand the importance of the Incwala ceremony and sensitivities around it, reiterating that during such period there should be no squabbles, quarrels or any fighting as such then gets to spoil the ceremony.
“I was happy that it was all smooth and there were no reports of quarrels. This spirit I want to encourage because we are a peaceful nation and we have a responsibility to pass on this legacy left by our forefathers to the younger and future generation of the nation,” he said.
The elated regiments joined the King in the singing and dancing of Incwala and Umgubho songs which lasted for almost an hour. It closed on a high note with the Inqaba kaNqofula, a song sung to mark the official close of the activities during such ceremonies. His Majesty led the throngs in song and dance which he seemed to enjoy despite the scorching heat which left everyone in the arena sweating. After the King’s address, Indvuna Vacu Magongo communicated the King’s message to the regiments wherein the King presented them with gifts which included calendars and meat. It was an exciting moment for the thousands of regiments who shouted ‘Bayethe’ in appreciation of the gesture by the King who always ensures that he ‘treats’ regiments in appreciation of the good work they do.
Emakhosikati, emazinyane, sigodlo, chiefs from all over the country, Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku, Cabinet ministers, Imbali and Lutsango also joined the throngs of regiments present on the day.
BAYETHE: His Majesty King Mswati III during the dispersing of libutfo yesterday.