A Bulawayo High Court judge has declared the intended coronation of a Ndebele king illegal putting an end to aspirations which were being pushed by traditional leaders from Matabeleland region who wanted to crown Mr Collin Bulelani Lobengula Khumalo at Barbourfields Stadium this Saturday (tomorrow).
Bulawayo High Court Judge Justice Martin Makonese advised the Khumalo clan who are the applicants in the matter to approach Parliament and have the necessary legislative framework before such a procedure, which is not in the country’s supreme law is undertaken.
The ruling emanates from a claimant to the crown, Mr Peter Zwide Khumalo who had approached the High Court challenging the planned coronation.
Early a meeting between top government officials and traditional leaders over the coronation of a Ndebele king was aborted as government was awaiting the court ruling for a way forward.
The delegation which was led by Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde July Moyo had to leave the meeting after noting that the indaba was now subjudice.
President of the Chiefs’ Council Chief Fortune Charumbira had to give the reasons for the abandonment of the indaba saying anything to do with the issue will only be attended to, once the courts have made a decision.
“I am now standing before you to inform you of the latest developments that have just happened. As you can see, the ministers have left. I am here to clarify on what transpired. The ministers have left because there is an urgent court application challenging the same issue we are gathered here on. One of the ministers July Moyo has been cited as a respondent in that matter and as such it will be legally wrong for us to map a way forward on an issue that is before the courts. What this means is we will suspend this indaba indefinitely, until the courts make their decision. What i want to clarify though is that it’s neither government nor the Chiefs’ Council that filed this court application but one of the claimant to the throne,” he said.
Earlier, the Mthwakazi Pressure Group had barricaded the entrance to the meeting place claiming that the issues to be discussed concerned them despite the fact that the event was a closed door session which was strictly by invitation.
The conveners of the event had to give in to their demands for the sake of progress, before announcing the abandonment of the meeting on the legal matters.