KING DIS­PERSES LIBUTFO

Observer on Saturday - - News - Sto­ries by Si­mon Sha­bangu

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.

Com­mended

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.

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